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

The Perry County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $20,200. 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 Alvey says, “The Perry 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 Perry County students are outstanding.”  

This year’s scholarship awards are:

The Birch and Ruth Shafer Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ruth Shafer through her estate to benefit a graduating senior of any Perry County high school.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,000 is Sara Crafton, a senior at Cannelton High School.  Sara is the daughter of Doyle and Starr Crafton.  Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

The Branchville Correctional Facility Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Branchville Correctional Facility in memory of former employees to encourage current employees and their dependents to further their education and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $900 is Cassidy Weatherholt, a senior at Cannelton High School. Cassidy is the daughter of Kandy Weatherholt and Mark Weatherholt. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a degree in Biology. 

The Buehler Foods Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Buehler Foods to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school demonstrating good academic standing.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Morgan Judy, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Ryan and Angel Judy.  Following graduation, Morgan plans to pursue a degree in Finance at Indiana University Southeast.

The Cecil and Olive Foster Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Olive M. Foster to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to pursue post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Mariah Rainbolt, a senior at Cannelton High School.  Mariah’s guardian is Kelly Claxton. Following graduation, Mariah plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at Indiana University.    

The Charles S. (Blackie) and Rose H. Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Betty Lou Paulin Gast in memory of her parents.  This scholarship benefits Perry County residents who are considered non-traditional students and pursing post-secondary education at any accredited college, university, or vocational-technical school.  The recipient of the $900 scholarship is Martha Thomas.  Martha is the daughter of Paul and Diana Scott and is currently studying to receive her Masters in Early Childhood Education at Ball State University.

The Earl and Hazel Etienne Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by their children in memory of their parents. This scholarship was created to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school planning to major in education and pursue a career in education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Kassidy Strahl, a senior at Tell City High School.  Kassidy is the daughter of Aaron Strahl and Stephanie Strahl.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education at Indiana University.

The Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Edgar and Evelyn Whitcomb to encourage Perry Central High School students to further their education and to achieve maximum scholastic potential.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Isabelle Ball, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Phillip and Leah Ball.  Following graduation, Isabelle plans to pursue a degree in Biology and Chemistry at Indiana University.  

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christina Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Perry Central High School pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Alyssa Hill, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of William and Jessica Hill.   Following graduation, Alyssa plans to pursue a degree in Arts Management at Indiana University.

The Harriet and Don Neill “Perry County Values” Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Harriet and Don Neill to help graduating seniors from Perry Central High School further their education.  This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Courtney Kaiser, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the daughter of Paul and Angela Kaiser.  Following graduation, Courtney plans to attend PJ’s College of Cosmetology to become a Cosmetologist. 

The J. Matthew Moore Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Matthew Moore by his wife, Lucy Goffinet, and his parents, John E. and Ann C. Moore, to help students pursing advanced education. The scholarship is for graduating seniors of Cannelton High School or Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Mariah Rainbolt.

The John Marion Walker Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the John Marion Walker Scholarship Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School or Perry Central Junior-Senior High School pursing post-secondary education at any Indiana institution of higher learning.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Morgan Judy

The John Williams Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of John Williams by his parents, Jim and Earla Williams, and his brother, Logan Williams to honor John’s love of working on vehicles.  This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Courtney Kaiser

The Mark “Flash” Kleeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Mark “Flash” Kleeman by his wife, Angie, children, Brandon and Angel, and his extended family. This scholarship is to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School, Perry Central Junior-Senior High School or Heritage Hills High School who plan to continue their education or training at any accredited trade or vocational school.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Landon Mullis, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Scott and Ginger Mullis.  Following graduation, Landon plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Agribusiness. 

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 1 is an annual scholarship created by the Clayton Harris Memorial United Methodist Church in Tobinsport to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing education for a career in medicine or healthcare.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Sarah Froehlich, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of John and Sherelyn Froehlich.  Following graduation, Sarah plans to obtain a degree in Chemistry at University of Connecticut.

The Mildred Wempe Memorial Scholarship 2 is an annual scholarship created by TCB Bank to benefit graduates or graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in nursing.  This recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $300 is Cole Johnson, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Jeffery and Vanessa Johnson.    Following graduation, Cole plans to attend University of Louisville to pursue a degree in Nursing. 

The Old National Tell City Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Bancorp to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education of any kind.  This year’s $450 scholarship recipient is Alyssa Hill.

The Perry County 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by David and Evelyn Adams to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school who have been a member of 4-H for at least five years.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Liam Gogel, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Darin Gogel and Lagina Winders.  Following graduation, Liam plans to pursue a degree at Purdue University.   

The Perry County FOP Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Lodge 173 of the Perry County Fraternal Order of Police to benefit graduating seniors of any Perry County high school pursuing a career in law enforcement or a related field. This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Caleb Peter, a senior at Perry Central Junior-Senior High School and the son of Michael and Ginger Peter.  Following graduation, Caleb plans to attend Vincennes University to study Criminal Justice.

The Robert E. Boyles Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Beverly C. McGee in memory of her friend to benefit a graduating female senior of Cannelton High School.  The recipient of this year’s $400 scholarship is Cassidy Weatherholt

The Rose Hazel Gabbert Paulin and Charles S. (Blackie) Paulin Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Kenton A. and Betty Paulin Gast in memory of Betty’s parents to benefit graduates of any Perry County high school pursing post-secondary education.  This year’s $400 scholarship recipient is Valerie Kehl, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Eric and Amy Kehl.  Following graduation, Valerie plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Southern Indiana.  

The Sam K. Oberhausen Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony H. Oberhausen in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Levi Nash, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of James Nash and Sherrie Meserve.  Following graduation, Levi plans to attend Purdue University to study Computer and Electrical Engineering. 

The Sam Reed Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Ralph and Rose Reed in honor of their son, Sam, and his remarkable achievements in life.  This year’s scholarship recipient in the amount of $300 is Caitlin Taylor, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Chris Taylor and Tonya Coomer.  Following graduation, Caitlin plans to study Psychology and Education at Western Kentucky University. 

The Stacey Peak Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created to honor Stacey Peak, who was a victim of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.  The recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship is Zachary Goffinet, a senior at Tell City High School and the son of Nicole Goffinet.  Following graduation, Zachary plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.   

The Wendell Werner and Loretta Werner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Old National Trust to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of this year’s $250 scholarship is Sarah Froehlich.

The Zachary Kleemann Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jim and Kathleen Kleemann in memory of their son to benefit graduating seniors of Tell City High School.  The year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Madalyn Rogers, a senior at Tell City High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Kassandra Rogers.  Following graduation, Madalyn plans to attend Michigan State University to study Environmental Engineering.

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.