May 9, 2017 / Vincennes, Indiana—Today, the Knox County Community Foundation announced recipients of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship breakfast. Scholarships totaling $13,250 were awarded from 9 funds established by generous donors. Held in the Fort Sackville Room in the Student Union Building at Vincennes University and sponsored by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation.
Foundation Advisory Board President, Chris Hertel, says the heart of the foundation’s scholarship process is the donor.
“When a donor decides a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, we commit our work throughout the entire process to honoring their wishes for the type of student they want to help. Those wishes may include recognizing students involved in specific activities, such as church participation, or students who are pursuing a certain vocation. Each scholarship is different and each one is set up to last forever through the Community Foundation’s unique power of endowment.”
“Because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment we offer, those donors are assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but for generations to come,” added Hertel.
The following Scholarship awards were presented:
Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded 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 award is $1,500, and the recipient is Johnna Snider, South Knox High School.
Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather. Heather was a firefighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and the scholarship benefits a student who is a member of or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. This year’s award is $300 and the recipient is Robert Willis III, Vincennes University.
McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the church. It benefits any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. This year’s award is $350 and the recipient is Bryan Andrews, Vincennes Rivet High School.
Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s award is $3,000 and the recipient is Jesse Organ, North Knox High School.
Kathleen W. Rinsch Memorial Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. A former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School, she started this scholarship to encourage students to pursue the field of education. This year’s $600 award recipient is Elysa Moreland, North Knox High School.
Schott North America Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the company to assist children of Schott employees with their college funding. This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Nathan Kiger, Palestine High School.
Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was created by Sarah Keller in memory of her mother. Applicants must demonstrate interest in or plan to pursue a major in English or history. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is Bryan Andrews, Vincennes Rivet High School.
Robert Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was created by Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her mother. It benefits graduating seniors at Vincennes Lincoln enrolled in theatrical and musical productions. This year’s $500 award recipient is Evelyn Crowley, Vincennes Lincoln High School.
The Friends of Knox Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 24 students completed the application and interview process 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 Knox County endowment fund. A total of $5,000 was awarded this year. The recipients are Abigail Wissel and Johnna Snider, both seniors at South Knox High School.
Also recognized at the event was this year’s Knox County Lilly Scholar. Madison Franklin, Vincennes Lincoln, 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.