Knox County Community Foundation Awards Over $20,000 In Scholarships

The Knox County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $20,100. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to 13 area students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regularly scheduled scholarship breakfast for fund founders and recipients was cancelled.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Knox 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 youth 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 Knox County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather.  Heather was a fire fighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and this scholarship benefits a student who is a member or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department.  This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Jacob King, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established by Dr. Brian Arnold and his family in memory of his son Zack.  Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Emma Robinson, Rivet High School.

The Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was established by Sarah H. Keller in memory of her mother.  It benefits graduating seniors of any Knox County High School planning to attend any Indiana college or university, and demonstrate an interest in English or history.  This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Cavan Lemberg, North Knox High School.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship Committee.  It benefits a graduating senior at any Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Lauren Haveman, South Knox High School.

The Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship was established by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with St. John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s $3,000 scholarship recipient is Brittany Page, North Knox High School.

The James (Jim) Jenks Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by friends of Jim Jenks to help graduating seniors of Knox County pursue advanced education. Jim was an avid golfer, so recipients must have been a member of their school’s golf team during their senior year of high school. This is the first year for the award. There are two recipients of $500 each: Lauren Haveman and Zac Schmidt, both of South Knox High School.

The Kathleen W. Rinsch Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. She was a former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School and started this scholarship to encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher education in the field of education. The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Olivia Kroeger, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Robert W. Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was established by Mrs. Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her husband Robert. The scholarship is awarded to a student at Lincoln High School who has participated in arts/technical theater, choir or band and who has participated in theatrical productions. This year the $400 scholarship recipient is Jacob King.

The Roger Montgomery, M.D. Memorial Scholarship was established by Sue Montgomery in memory of her husband Dr. (Walter) Roger Montgomery, a Vincennes nephrologist. It is available to graduating seniors of any Knox County high school or certified home school program who are pursuing post-secondary education. This year the $2,000 scholarship recipient is Riley Petro, a senior at North Knox High School.

The Schott North America Scholarship was established by Schott North American to encourage children of Schott North American, Inc. or Gemtron Corporation employees to further their education. This year the $1,500 scholarship recipient is Caroline Kroeger, Washington High School.

The Southwest Indiana Purdue Scholarship was established by the Knox County Purdue Ag Alumni. It is open to students in Knox, Daviess, Greene, Sullivan, Pike, and Gibson Counties who are pursuing a degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is Keri Steckler, Gibson Southern High School.

In addition, the Community Foundation administers the Knox County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. This year, 21 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 Knox County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $6,000. Recipients are Ella Hays, South Knox High School; Alaynie Mize, South Knox High School; William Staggs, South Knox High School.

Phoebe Worstell of North Knox High School is the 2021 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient. She will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. After graduation, Phoebe plans to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering. The Community Foundation handles the applications, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

The Knox County Community Foundation County Advisory Board would like to thank 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.