The Harriet and Don Neill “Perry County Values” Scholarship

The Harriet and Don Neill “Perry County Values” Scholarship is established in memory of Harriet Neill’s mother, Mrs. Mary Anna Goffinet.  

Harriet (nee Goffinet) Neill was born in Tell City in 1950 and was raised, along with her two sisters, on a farm in rural Perry County. Harriet’s father, Ernest Goffinet, passed away when she was nine.  As a widow, Mary Anna Goffinet raised her three daughters while working full time and maintaining the family farm.  Although successfully supporting her family through their high school years, Mary Anna’s limited resources were insufficient for funding college tuition. 

Harriet is a proud 1968 graduate of Perry Central High School.  Assisted by meaningful scholarship funds obtained with much assistance from the Perry Central guidance counselor, Mrs. Betty Watson, Harriet enrolled in the University of Evansville’s School of Nursing and graduated in 1972 with honors and a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force after graduation and served as an air-evacution flight nurse in Southeast Asia in 1974-1975.  Harriet went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Business Management followed by a successful business career with several major U.S. corporations.

Along with her husband, Don – a former Air Force officer and aerospace industry executive – Harriet has lived, worked and traveled throughout the United States and numerous international locations.  Having retired after successful business careers, Don and Harriet now reside in Tell City.  

The scholarships obtained through Perry Central made it possible for Harriet to attend college, then serve her country and experience what has been a fulfilling life.  Harriet remains very mindful of the values instilled by her mother, Mary Anna Goffinet…hard work, dedication and the support and encouragement of others are necessary to achieving one’s goals in life.

It is the recognition of these critical values that motivates Harriet and Don to establish the Harriet and Don Neill “Perry County Values” Scholarship focused on assisting Perry Central High School graduates to realize their dreams of meaningful and productive lives through post-secondary education.