(Vincennes, Indiana) The Knox County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $22,300. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regularly scheduled scholarship breakfast for fund founders and recipients was cancelled.
addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community
Engagement & Impact, Lauren Osmon states, “The Knox 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 Knox County
students are outstanding.”
The scholarships announced are:
Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by Robert
Bird in memory of his daughter Heather.
Heather was a fire fighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department,
and this scholarship benefits a student who is a member or is related to a
member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. This year’s award it $2,000
and the recipient is Grace Yochum, North Knox High School. Grace is the
daughter of Edward and Danell Yochum. Following graduation, she plans to study
Radiology at IUPUI.
Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established
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 $1,500 scholarship recipient is Hailee Cooper, a senior
at South Knox High School and the daughter of Brian and Beth Cooper. Following graduation, Hailee plans to pursue
a degree in Criminal Justice at Indiana University.
The Persis McClure Hurst Memorial
Scholarship was established by Sarah H. Keller in memory of her mother. It benefits graduating seniors of any Knox
County High School planning to attend any Indiana college or university, and
demonstrate an interest in English or history.
This year’s $1,200 scholarship recipient is Brianna Page, a senior at
North Knox High School and the daughter of Scott and Stacy Page. Following
graduation, Brianna plans to pursue a degree in History at the University of
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 a graduating senior at any Knox
County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. The recipient of the $750 scholarship is Tia
Tolbert, a senior at Rivet High School and the daughter of Dean Tolbert. Following
graduation, Tia plans to pursue a degree in Exercise Science at Indiana
The Velma and Herbert Pepmeier
Scholarship was established by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating
senior who is affiliated with St. John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes
or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s $2,000 scholarship recipient is Trevor
Kahre, a senior at North Knox High School. He is the son of Travis and Stacey
Kahre. Following graduation, Trevor plans to pursue a degree in Exercise
Science at Marian University.
Kathleen W. Rinsch Educational
Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship established 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 to
encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher
education in the field of education. The recipient of the $600 scholarship is Richard
Nelson, a senior at South Knox High School and the son of Sandra Snyder. Following graduation, Richard plans to pursue
a degree in Education at Vincennes University.
The Robert W. Nordhorn Memorial
Scholarship was established by Mrs. Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her husband
Robert. The scholarship is awarded to a student at Lincoln High School who has
participated in arts/technical theater, choir or band and who has participated
in theatrical productions. This year, the $250 scholarship recipient is Casey
McGill, a senior at Lincoln High School and the daughter of Scott McGill.
Following graduation, Casey plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice at
The Roger Montgomery, M.D. Memorial
Scholarship was established by Sue Montgomery in memory of her husband Dr.
(Walter) Roger Montgomery, a Vincennes nephrologist. It is available to graduating
seniors of any Knox County high school or certified home school program who are
pursuing post-secondary education. This year the $1,500 scholarship recipient
is Shelby Osborne, a senior at South Knox High School and the daughter of
Donald and Amy Osborne. Following graduation, Shelby plans to pursue a degree
in Business Administration Vincennes University.
The Schott North America Scholarship
was established by Schott North American to encourage children of Schott North
American, Inc. or Gemtron Corporation employees to further their education. This
year the $1,500 scholarship recipient is Tia Tolbert, a senior at Rivet High
The Southwest Indiana Purdue
Scholarship was established by the Knox County Purdue Ag Alumni. It is open to
students in Knox, Daviess, Greene, Sullivan, Pike, and Gibson Counties who are
pursuing a degree at Purdue University in West Lafayette. This year’s $1,000
award recipient is Noah Donovan, a senior at Rivet High School and the son of Todd
and Brenda Donovan. Following
graduation, Noah plans to pursue a degree in Engineering at Purdue University.
The Lester M. Baughman Scholarship was
established by the children of Lester M. Baughman to help current employees of
Aperion Care, Bridgeport, IL, who have completed at least one year of
employment with the healthcare center and/or who are enrolled in the Associate
Degree Nursing Program at Frontier Community College, Olney Central College,
Lincoln Trail College, or Wabash Valley College in Illinois, and are pursuing a
registered nursing degree following certification as a licensed practical
nurse. Applications are open year-round. This year’s award is $8,000 and the
recipient is Audrey Fitzgerald of Sumner, Illinois.
In addition, the Community Foundation
administers the Knox County Lilly Endowment Scholarship program. Earlier this week, the Community
Foundation announced that this year’s award would be offered to the first
alternate, Mary Franklin. This year, 20 students applied for the Lilly
Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the Community Foundation awards
scholarships to those students who are alternates for the Lilly Endowment
Scholarship. The scholarships are made possible by donors to the Friends of Knox
endowment fund. The total amount being awarded this year is $2,000. The
recipients are Noah Donovan, Rivet High School; and Nolan Hays, South Knox High
School. Nolan is the son of Frank and Marcy Hays. Following graduation, Nolan
plans to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of
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.