$20,850 Awarded from 2016 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

2016 Knox Scholarship Recipients
Left to right in photo: Winston Carson, Bridget Brocksmith, Nathan Sievers, Madison Meurer, Dustin McCrary, Amanda Cummins, Robert Waggoner, Carly Kirk, and Savannah Yochum.

Vincennes, Indiana  This morning, the Knox County Community Foundation announced recipients of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship breakfast. Held in the Fort Sackville Room in the Student Union Building at Vincennes University, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 8 funds established by generous donors provided 10 scholarships totaling $20,850.

Foundation Board President, Laura Bogard, says the Foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor wants to make a difference in the community by establishing a scholarship fund, the Foundation works closely with the donor to honor their wishes throughout the selection process,” said Bogard. “So when our volunteer selection committee completes the scoring process to choose the recipient, those scores are based on those same specifications the donor described to us.”

“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 forever,” added Bogard.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable 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 Robert Waggoner, Rivet High School.

Lester M Baughman Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the children of Lester M. Baughman to help current employees of Aperion Care in Bridgeport, Illinois, who have completed at least one year of employment with the healthcare center. The scholarship assists the student in the attainment of their GED, certification or licensure as a CMA, CNA, LPN, or RN, or specialty training for nursing staff that enhances their knowledge and skills in the care of long-term care patients. This year, two recipients will share the award. Madison Barker, Bridgeport, Illinois, will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and Mrs. Pam Ward of Mount Carmel, Illinois, will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual 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 $1,000, and the recipient is Savannah Yochum, 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 any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. This year’s award is $650, and the recipient is Winston Carson, Vincennes Lincoln 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, two recipients will each receive a $4,000 award: Dustin McCrary, Vincennes Lincoln High School, and Madison Meurer, 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. She was a former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School and started this scholarship in hopes to encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher education in the field of education. This year’s award is $700, and the recipient is Carly Kirk, South 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 Sievers, South Knox High School.

The Friends of Knox Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 11 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. Each alternate award is $2,500. The recipients are Robert Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet High School, and Amanda Cummins, South Knox High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Knox County Lilly Scholar. Bridget Brocksmith, North Knox 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.

About the Knox County Community Foundation

Celebrating 20 years, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.