Ben Everett, center, was honored as a recipient of the Pilot Club Lifeline/Mary Allen and Jan Thompson Healthcare Scholarship Fund at a recent Pilot Club meeting. Ben will receive $1,500 to assist with educational expenses at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is majoring in nurse anesthesia.

Mary Allen and Jan Thompson had discussed establishing a scholarship with the Pilot Club’s Lifeline program proceeds. Mary contacted the Scott County Community Foundation to express her desire to start a fund. When she unexpectedly passed away a short time later, the Pilot Club members decided to fulfill Mary and Jan’s wishes through establishing this permanent fund. The scholarship is available to adult students who are continuing their education in nursing, as well as those seeking to be a surgery tech, radiology tech, or respiratory therapist. This is the third year a scholarship has been awarded.

The Community Foundation and Pilot Club’s scholarship committee reviews applications on a blind basis, which means all identifying information is removed and the applicants are anonymous. Pilot Club members were very pleased to find out that this year’s recipient, Ben, is the grandson of Mary Allen. Everyone agreed that Mary would be quite proud of Ben’s accomplishments and for being selected as recipient.