Community Foundation Awards Over $60,000 In Scholarships

(WASHINGTON, Indiana)  The Daviess County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $66,800. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to 30 area students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regularly scheduled scholarship reception for fund founders and recipients was cancelled.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Daviess County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Daviess County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, to benefit a Washington High School graduating senior. Along with several other factors, selection is based on financial need, the applicant’s level of athletic involvement and their participation in a faith community. This year’s award is $2,000 and the recipient is Grant Niehaus of Washington.    

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who demonstrate qualities associated with a good moral character and citizenship. This year’s $1,500 award recipient is Adrianne Wagler of Odon.

Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the Daviess County 4-H Club Association in honor of long-time supporters, Ronald and Ann Frette. Daviess County residents who are graduates of a Daviess County high school and pursuing post-secondary undergraduate studies or training may apply. Applicants must have participated in a Daviess County 4-H program for at least five years, completed at least two 4-H projects during each of those years, and maintained a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average during high school. Applicants must also demonstrate personal interest in and positive attitude toward continuing their education and demonstrate good moral character. This year’s award is $2,500 and the recipient is Shom Berry from Plainville. Shom is currently a student at Brescia University.

Steven L. Gines College Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by friends of Steven L. Gines in his memory. It is open to graduating seniors of Washington High School who have completed college preparatory classes in high school and have been involved in the arts. This year’s $500 award recipient is Maya Gray of Washington.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the employees of Kent-Grain Processing Corporation in Washington to encourage the dependents of employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. This year there are four recipients receiving an award of $1,500 each. They are Kaelyn Klopfenstein from Loogootee, a student Barr-Reeve High School; Macie Kane from Plainville, a student at Indiana State University; Faith Dalton from Washington, a student at Washington High School; Andrew Clark from Petersburg, a student at Pike Central High School.               

Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Veale Creek Players in memory of Lawrell Ray Hilgeman. Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at an accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions at the Veale Creek Theatre or in the performing arts. This year there are two recipients receiving $450 each. They are Hannah Bailey of Loogootee, a student at Loogootee High School, and Lara Santiago of Washington, a student at Washington High School.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Cathleen M. (Lynch) Kendall in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is MaKenzie Parsons, from Washington, a student at Washington High School.         

McCall Family Teachers Scholarship is a scholarship established by the John and Anna McCall Trust Fund to provide scholarships to graduates of North Daviess High School who are pursuing a career in teaching with an emphasis in fine arts or elementary education. This year there are three students receiving $1,000 each. They are Taylor Beaman, Odon; Jack Townsend, Odon; Jeffrey Mayfield, a student at Indiana University.

McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lucile Vance in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of Daviess County Schools with a scholastic rank in the upper third of their class may apply. Applicants must have participated in 4-H for at least four years and be pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture. This year the $900 scholarship is awarded to Lara Santiago, of Washington High School.

North Daviess Scholarship is an annual scholarship fund established by the North Daviess Academic Opportunity Alliance (formerly known as North Daviess Dollars for Scholars Program) to help North Daviess students pursue advanced education. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School planning to pursue a degree at any accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year there are two recipients receiving $750 each: Mackenzie Lawyer of Odon, and McKenzie White of Loogootee.

Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Lenore Overholser by her daughter, Kay Sander, and grandsons, Chad Sander and Craig Sander. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) majoring in education at any accredited college or university may apply. This year’s $500 award recipient is Jack Townsend from Odon.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship is a scholarship established by Peoples National Bank of Washington. It is open to seniors from any Daviess County high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average planning to major in a business related course of study. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. The $500 award recipient is Jaeden Lengacher from Montgomery, a student at Barr-Reeve High School     

Jo Ann Shawhan Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by John Shawhan in memory of his wife Jo Ann to benefit Daviess County students pursuing a nursing degree at Vincennes University. This year’s $3,000 award recipient is Kaylan Craven, a student at North Daviess High School.

Sheldon Matthew Smith Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gregory A. and Natalie J. Smith in memory of their son, Sheldon (1993-2006). Graduating seniors of Washington High School and Washington Catholic High School planning to pursue a degree in writing (literature, not journalism), computer graphics, computer game design, computer art design, or computer animation, computer programming, and/or web design at an accredited institution. This year’s $400 award recipient is Jacob Rice of Washington, a student at Washington High School.

William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by William E. Summers and the late Phillip M. Summers in memory of their parents. Graduating seniors of Washington High School planning full-time enrollment at Vincennes University are eligible with preference given to students majoring in Business or Education. This year’s award is award is $500 and the recipient is Jacob Rice of Washington, a student at Washington High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship is a scholarship established by Martha Risley Reiners in memory of her husband. The fund typically awards multiple graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school for tuition, books, and required fees of post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate good scholastic standing and financial need. This year there are eleven students receiving a $2,000 award. The recipients are Brad Burdette, Barr-Reeve High School; Jacob Davis, Washington High School; Jaydon Jones, Washington High School; Lexus Knepp, Barr- Reeve High School; Mackenzie Lawyer, North Daviess High School; Jackson McCracken, Washington High School; Adeline O’Brian, Washington Catholic High School; Orlando Otero, Washington High School; Makenzie Parsons, Washington High School; Lara Santiago, Washington High School; McKenzie White, North Daviess High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis and her daughter Marcia McConnell. Graduating North Daviess High School seniors who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. This year’s $500 recipient is McKenzie White of Loogootee, a student at North Daviess High School.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Maxine Williams in memory of Charles and Maxine to benefit North Daviess High School graduating seniors. Applicants must be planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year four North Daviess students are receiving $1,150 each. The recipients are Nathan Coney, Washington; McKenzie White, Loogootee; Mackenzie Lawyer, Odon; Aric Wade, Linton.

In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Daviess County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. This year, 13 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the Community Foundation awards scholarships to those students who are alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by donors to the Friends of Daviess endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $15,000. The recipients are Jackson McCracken, Washington High School; Kaelyn Klopfenstein, Barr-Reeve High School; Hadley Faith, Washington High School; Maya Gray, Washington High School; Grant Harrison, Barr-Reeve High School.

Daviess County Lilly Scholar Peyton Eaton, Barr-Reeve High School, has accepted a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Program. The Community Foundation accepted applications and a volunteer selection committee made up of community leaders completed the review process for this award with final selections being made by Independent Colleges of Indiana.

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.