2016 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds Award $61,900

Washington, Indiana  Last night, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of a multitude of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Eastside Park Community Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 16 funds established by generous donors provided 35 scholarships totaling $61,900.

Foundation Board President, Glenda Scudder, says the foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor decides a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, the foundation works closely with the donor to honor their wishes throughout the selection process,” said Scudder. “So when our volunteer selection committee makes the selections, they base scores around those same specifications the donor described to us.”

“The best part of these scholarships is because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment, those donors can be assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but forever,” added Scudder.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Ray L. Angerer Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Westminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Ray L. Angerer. Applicants must be communicant members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and participation and service to the church, to the community, and to school are among the requirements. This year’s award is $400, and the recipient is Melody Rohrer, a Barr Reeve High School graduate who is attending the University of Illinois.

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 $1,000 awards went to Washington High School seniors Madison Igleheart, Carrie Lane, and Sarah Norton.

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, including a cooperative attitude, respect for authority figures, responsibility and dependability, honesty, and friendliness. This year’s $1,600 scholarship recipient is Sarah Fitzgerald.

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 any accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions featured at the Veale Creek Theatre in Washington. The award this year is $800, and the recipient is Elizabeth Brochin, Washington, who is a student at Indiana State University.

FOP Lodge 101 Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lodge 101 of the Washington Indiana Fraternal Order of Police. Graduating seniors of any Daviess or Martin County high school pursuing post-secondary education in law enforcement or a related field (excluding corrections officers) may apply. The award this year is $900, and the recipient is Caleb Lankford, Washington High School.

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 (4.0 scale) during high school. Applicants must also demonstrate personal interest in, and positive attitude toward, continuing their education and demonstrate good moral character. This year, 2 awards of $900 were presented to Carley Petty, Washington, a student at Indiana State University, and Robinson Wesley Richardson, Washington, a student at Purdue University.

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’s two $1,250 scholarship awards were presented to Emily Pargin, Lawrenceville, Illinois, and Ian Dudenhoeffer, Petersburg.

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 County school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. The award this year is $500, and the recipient is Israel Waggoner, Washington High School.

McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lucile Vance in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school 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 enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a college or university, pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture. The award is $900 this year, and the recipient is Carrie Winklepleck, North Daviess High School.

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. Applicants must be involved in extra-curricular activities outside the classroom and/ or community service. This year’s award is $500, and the recipient is Brian Lawyer, North Daviess High School.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Peoples National Bank in 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 at any accredited college or university. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. This year’s $500 award recipient is Colten Garland, Washington High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship is an annual 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, the award amount for each scholarship is $2,700. The recipients are Abigail Clifford, North Daviess High School; Adam Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Jalon Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Brian Lawyer, North Daviess High School; Amillia Mize, Washington Catholic High School; Jerica Mc Cracken, Washington High School; Dhruv Patel, Washington Catholic High School; Hannah VanderMel, North Daviess High School; Israel Waggoner, Washington High School; and Kendra Yoder, Barr Reeve 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. The award this year is $500, and the recipient is Israel Waggoner, Washington High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis W. Wallace and her daughter Marcia L. McConnell. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Lenzi Brewer.

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 graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year, 4 students were selected to receive a $1,375 scholarship. They are Trent Bowman, Lenzi Brewer, Jenna Meadows, and Hannah VanderMel.

The Friends of Daviess Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 16 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the alternate scholarships are made possible by local donors who have contributed to the Friends of Daviess County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded to the top four alternates this year is $15,000. The recipients are Zachary Walker, Washington High School; Wyatt Shafer, North Daviess High School; Clayton Walker, Washington High School; and Jenna Johnson, Washington High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Gracen Jarrett, Washington Catholic High School, 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. The Community Foundation handles the application, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.