Spencer County Community Foundation Awards Over $21,000 in Community Scholarships

The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $21,800. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Alvey says, “The Spencer 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 Spencer County students are outstanding.”  

This year’s scholarship awards are:

The Brauns Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Thomas and Vicki Brauns to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School who have attended at least two years at Luce Elementary School and are pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $700 is Evan Lehr, a senior at South Spencer High School.  Evan is the son of Dick and Sherry Lehr.  Following graduation, he plans to attend Ball State University and pursue a degree in Music Media Production.    

The Friends of IU Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Michael and Mary Schriefer and Larry and Charlene Hess to provide scholarships to Heritage Hills High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Rachel Martin, a senior at Heritage Hills High School. Rachel is the daughter of Ryan and Sally Martin. Following graduation, she plans to attend Indiana University to study Law and Public Policy. 

The Friends of Pioneer Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Pioneer sales representatives in the LPH Territory to support the educational endeavors of high school graduates and graduating seniors who have a parent employed in the agriculture industry.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Braili Schipp, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeremy Schipp and Amy Dilger.  Following graduation, Braili plans to pursue a degree in Agribusiness Management at Purdue University.

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christina Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Kyla Peter, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Darrell and Lynn Peter.  Following graduation, Kyla plans to pursue a degree in Data Science at Indiana University.    

The Harold and Thelma Hunter Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Harold Hunter by his wife, Thelma Hunter, and their children to help graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursue advanced education. The recipient of the $500 scholarship is Braili Schipp

The Mabel Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the estate of Mabel M. Ryan to advance education in nursing and medicine. This year’s $2,500 scholarship recipient is Brooklyn Turner, a senior at South Spencer High School.  Brooklyn’s guardians are Ricky and Tammie Roth.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Evansville.

The Mike Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Mabel M. Ryan in memory of her husband to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursuing post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Trent Seitz, a senior at South Spencer High School and the son of Andrew and Krista Seitz.  Following graduation, Trent plans to attend Owensboro Community and Technical College to study Diesel Mechanics.    

The Narl and Hazel Conner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Deann Siegel, Keith Conner, Ron Conner, and Eric Conner as a loving tribute to their father and mother to benefit Heritage Hills High School seniors who plan to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university. This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Kylee Appman and Elizabeth Mehling.  Kylee is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Lisa Neyenhaus. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to study Civil Engineering. Elizabeth is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of William and Laura Mehling.  Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Kinesiology at Indiana University.

The Othmar and Virginia Ringeman Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Othmar and Virginia Ringeman to support secondary education of Heritage Hills High School graduates.  This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Grace Gasaway, Christopher Peter, Nevah Barnett, and Kyndall Jordan.  Grace is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Ryan Gasaway and Rebecca Gasaway. Following graduation, Grace plans to study Computer Science/ Physics Education at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis. Christopher is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Dale and Lori Peter.  Following graduation, Christopher plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Nevah is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jason and Sarah Barnett. Following graduation, Nevah plans to pursue a degree in Nursing at University of Southern Indiana. Kyndall is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of John and Beth Ann Jordan. Following graduation, Kyndall plans to attend Western Kentucky University to study Communication Sciences and Disorders.   

The Raleigh and Thelma Abshier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jeaniece Scheessele to advance education in honor of her parents to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School pursuing post-secondary education.  This year’s $200 scholarship recipient is Evan Lehr.   

The Spencer County Farm Bureau, Inc. Educational Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Spencer County Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing post-high school educational programs. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $900 is Aubree Brown.  Aubree is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Kimbery and Henry Brown, Jr.  Following graduation, Aubree plans to study Public Relations and Advertising at University of Southern Indiana. 

The Spencer Industries Incorporated Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Spencer Industries Incorporated employees to further the education of natural, adopted or step-children of employees, 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 recipients, receiving $2,000 each are Claire Snyder, Victoria Hartwig, and Dylan Hagedorn.  Claire is a 2019 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Kerry and Vickie Snyder.  Currently, Claire is attending University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio to obtain a degree in Music Therapy.  Victoria is a 2020 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Benjamin and Theresa Hartwig.  Currently, Victoria is attending Western Kentucky University to obtain a degree in Psychology.  Dylan is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Phillip and JoAnn Hagedorn.  Following graduation, Dylan plans to attend Indiana University to study Management. 

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.