Community Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling $14,300

(Spencer County, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $14,300. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Davis states, “The Spencer 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 Spencer County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Alieene Vance Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Don Foertsch and Mason Foertsch in memory of a former employee of the Foertsch Construction Company to encourage the children and grandchildren of employees of Foertsch companies to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.   The recipient of the year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Wesley Fleischmann, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Alan and Tawnya Fleischmann.  Following graduation, he plans to study Engineering at University of Evansville. 

The Brauns Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Thomas and Vicki Brauns to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School who have attended at least two years at Luce Elementary School and are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution.  This year’s $700 scholarship recipient is Jenna Lauer, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Cheryl Waninger.  Following graduation, Jenna plans to pursue a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science.

The Friends of IU Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Michael and Mary Schriefer and Larry and Charlene Hess to provide a scholarship to Heritage Hills High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Hannah Schnuck, a senior at Heritage Hills High School.  Hannah is the daughter of Greg Schnuck and Janie Schnuck.  Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a degree in Business Management at Indiana University.   

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christian Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Harold and Thelma Hunter Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Harold Hunter by his wife, Thelma Hunter, and their children to help graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursue advanced education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Hayley Waninger, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter David and Raven Waninger.  Following graduation, Hayley plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to obtain a degree in Nursing.

The Mabel Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the estate of Mabel M. Ryan to advance education in nursing and medicine.  The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Kiersten Schuler, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Brett Schuler and Tonya Cross.  Following graduation, Kiersten plans to pursue a degree in Biology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. 

The Mike Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Mabel M. Ryan in memory of her husband to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursing post-secondary education at any accredited educational institution.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,500 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Narl and Hazel Conner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Deann Siegel, Keith Conner, Ron Conner, and Eric Conner as a loving tribute to their father and mother to benefit a Heritage Hills High School senior who plans to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Othmar and Virginia Ringeman Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Othmar and Virginia Ringeman to support secondary education of Heritage Hills High School graduates.  This year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Mallory Tempel, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jerome Tempel and Rhonda Tempel.  Following graduation, Mallory plans to attend Purdue University. 

The Raleigh and Thelma Abshier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jeaniece Scheessele to advance education in honor of her parents.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $200 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Spencer County Farm Bureau, Inc. Educational Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Spencer County Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing post-high school educational programs.  This year’s $900 scholarship recipient is Katelyn Davis, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Pamela Davis.   Following graduation, Katelyn plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Construction Management. 

The Spencer Industries Incorporated Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Spencer Industries Incorporated to encourage the children of Spencer Industries Incorporated 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.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is Claire Snyder, a student at University of Dayton and the daughter of Kerry and Vickie Snyder.  Claire is studying Music Therapy at University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio.

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.