Spencer County Community Foundation awards over $32,000 in scholarships | News

ROCKPORT — The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $32,800. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided 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 for 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 Alieene Vance Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Don Foertsch and Mason Foertsch in memory of a former employee of the Foertsch Construction Company to encourage the children and grandchildren of employees of Foertsch companies 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. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,000 is Rosa Pund, a senior at Perry Central High School. Rosa is the daughter of David and Michelle Pund. Following graduation, she plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Science.

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 $800 is Mason Gross, a senior at South Spencer High School. Mason is the son of Jill and Jeffery Gross. Following graduation, he plans to attend University of Evansville to study Music Education.

The Community Scholarship Trust of Spencer County Fund is an annual scholarship created by the Community Scholarship Trust of Spencer County and sponsored by the Spencer County 4-H Association to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursuing post-secondary education. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $500 is Katelyn Tindle, a senior at South Spencer High School. Katelyn’s guardians are Kimberly and Jonathan Smith. Following graduation, she plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in Accounting.

The Dale and Marilyn Hasler Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by family and friends of Dale and Marilyn Hasler to benefit graduating seniors of Heritage Hills High School or Southridge High School pursuing a post-secondary, four-year degree in engineering. The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $500 is Luke Rickelman, a senior at Heritage Hills High School. Luke is the son of Beth and Benny Rickelman. Following graduation, he plans to attend Purdue University to study Engineering.

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 Abigail Wilson, a senior at Heritage Hills High School. Abigail is the daughter of Amy and Joshua Wilson. Following graduation, she plans to attend Indiana University to study Business.

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 $1,000 scholarship recipient is Olivia Durcholz, a senior at Southridge High School and the daughter of Lisa and Zachary Durcholz. Following graduation, Olivia plans to study Pre-Pharmacy at Indiana University Southeast.

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. This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Owen Rahman, Daniel Goodrich, Claire Snyder, and Wesley Fleischmann. Owen is a 2021 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the son of Julia and Wayne Rahman. He is attending Purdue University to obtain a degree in Meteorology/ Atmospheric Science. Daniel is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Shelly and David Goodrich. Following graduation, Daniel plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to study Art and Design. Claire is a 2019 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Vickie and Kerry Snyder. She currently attends University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio studying Music Therapy. Wesley is a 2020 graduate of Heritage Hills High School and the son of Tawnya and Bernard Fleischmann. He is currently studying Civil Engineering at the University of Evansville.

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 Michaela Gogel, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Brenda and Michael Gogel. Following graduation, Michaela plans to study Elementary Education at the University of Southern Indiana.

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 Luke Scherer, a senior at South Spencer High School and the son of Lana and David Scherer. Following graduation, Luke plans to attend Hanover College to study History Education.

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 four-year College or University. This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Elijah Wilson and Lillian Gogel. Elijah is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Amy and Joshua Wilson. Following graduation, he plans to attend Indiana University to study Marketing. Lillian is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jamie and Ryan Gogel. Following graduation, she plans to pursue a degree in Dietetics at Purdue 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 Elijah Wilson, Ella Schnieders, Erin Schulthise, Grace Mangan, Lillian Gogel, and Shelby Skelton. Ella is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jill and Chad Schnieders. Following graduation, she plans to attend Purdue University to study Design and Construction Integration. Erin is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Casey Schulthise. Following graduation, she plans to study Interior Design at Western Kentucky University. Grace is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Mary Mangan and Neil Mangan. Following graduation, she plans to attend Purdue University to further her education. Shelby is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jennifer and Jeremy Skelton. Following graduation, she plans to study Professional Aviation and Flight at Indiana State University.

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 $500 scholarship recipient is Jose Teniente Jr., a senior at South Spencer High School and the son of Ma Maricela Cortez Tellez and Jose Teniente Sr. Following graduation, he plans to study Computer Science at the University of Southern Indiana.

The Randall L. Haaff Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Randall L. Haaff to help graduating seniors from South Spencer High School and Heritage Hills High School to pursue advanced education at the University of Southern Indiana. This year’s recipients, receiving $1,000 each are Lillian Basham and Kiersten Gogel. Lillian is a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Debbie Tindle. Following graduation, she plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to further her education. Kiersten is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Sherry and Edward Gogel. Following graduation, she plans to study Psychology at the University of Southern Indiana.

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 $1,000 is Skylar Young. Skylar is a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Murry Young. Following graduation, she plans to attend Columbia University; New York City, NY to study Political Science/ Economics.

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 Olivia Mick, Liz Gehlhausen, and Alex Schaeffer. Olivia is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Sarah and John Mick. Following graduation, she plans to attend Western Kentucky University to study Film Production. Liz is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Tina and Brian Gehlhausen. Following graduation, she plans to study Engineering at Purdue University. Alex is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Kelly and Rodney Schaeffer. Following graduation, he plans to attend Vincennes University to study Wildlife/ Marine Biology.

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.

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