Several high school seniors were recently awarded scholarships through the Scott County Community Foundation. The recipients were honored at awards ceremonies at their high schools.
The Alice and Gerald Miner Memorial Scholarship was established by the couple’s children, Mike and Ron, before Ron’s death several years ago. Gerald Miner’s father donated 40 acres of land toHanoverCollegeduring the Great Depression in exchange for two years’ worth of tuition, books, room and board so that Gerald could attend college. Alice and Gerald’s sons wanted to helpScottsburgHigh Schoolgraduates continue their education in college. Brandon Jerrell of Scottsburg High School received $2,000 to attend Anderson University. Jerrell, the son of Bryan and Susan Jerrell of Scottsburg, will major in Spanish.
Carol Pettit was a teacher who gave many years of service to Vienna-Finley and other schools. Her family established a scholarship in her memory after she died in 1997 from cancer. The Carol L. Pettit Scholarship Fund is forScottsburgHigh Schoolstudents who attendedVienna-FinleyElementary Schooland plan to pursue a degree in the field of education. Bridget Elliott of Scottsburg High School received $250 to attend Anderson University. Elliott, the daughter of Lynn and Lisa Elliott of Scottsburg, will major in elementary education.
Charles Nolan was a math, computer and photography teacher at Ivy Tech in Sellersburg, a retired middle/high school teacher in Austin, a former GED instructor for New Albany/Floyd County School Corp. in Scottsburg, and the former owner of Loaves and Fishes Christian Bookstore in Scottsburg. The Charles G. Nolan Memorial Scholarship Fund is for Scott County graduating seniors who will major in math, engineering or a science-related field. Mackenzie Donovan of Scottsburg High School received this year’s first scholarship for $318.
Christie Crafton was a vibrant, dedicated teacher who touched the lives of many young people. She continued teaching day after day right through chemotherapy, right through cancer, until she passed away at the age of 42. Her family established the Christie Crafton Memorial Scholarship to carry on her legacy. The scholarship is awarded to graduates ofScottsburgHigh Schoolwho plan on pursuing a degree in education or a profession that serves children. Cassandra Simone of Scottsburg High School received $250 to attend Hanover College. Simone, the daughter of Rebecka and Kirk Flowers of Austin, will major in psychology.
The Dale McNeely Scholarship Fund was established through a bequest from the Martha McNeely estate. The McNeelys were both educators, and Martha was assistant superintendent forScottCountySchool District2 for a few years. The McNeelys were passionate about education and children, and their commitment to students lives on through the scholarship fund. Mackenzie Donovan of Scottsburg High School received $10,000 to attend Saint Mary’s College. Donovan, the daughter of Patrick and Julie Donovan of Scottsburg, will major in mathematics/secondary education.
The Epply Shields Memorial Scholarship Fund was created in September of 1997 to provide assistance toScottsburgHigh Schoolstudents who plan on majoring in elementary or secondary education. Bridget Elliott of Scottsburg High School received $2,777.
The Greater Scott County Chamber of Commerce and its members are committed to educational initiatives that serve youth in ScottCounty. Some of these programs include Dollars and Sense and Character Counts. Through the generosity of its members, the Chamber is also able to award two scholarships each year to help students with their pursuit of higher education. These scholarships are awarded to either Scottsburg or Austin High School graduates and/or an adult currently in school. Kayleigh Avery of Scottsburg High School received $500 to attend Taylor University. Avery, the daughter of Shane and Tonie Avery of Lexington, will major in biology/pre-med. Jordyn Croasdell, a student at Taylor University, received $500.
Mallory Lainhart was a beautiful, brave little baby girl born with a heart defect who lost her fight to live at the tender age of nine months old. Her family established the Mallory Lainhart Memorial Scholarship Fund for students who plan to major in the medical field. They hope that scholarship recipients will one day save the life of a child, or perhaps even find a cure for heart defects. Kayleigh Avery of Scottsburg High School and Jacob Jones of Austin High School each received $500. Jones, the son of Jason and Virginia Jones of Austin, plans to attend Oakland City University to major in pre-pharmacy/human biology.
The Lilly Scholar Endowment Fund was created in 2006 after the Scott County Community Foundation challenged its Lilly Scholars to find a way to give back to the community through their time, talent and treasure. They responded by establishing a fund, which has grown over the last several years. This year is the second year a scholarship has been awarded, and the criteria and selection process was handled completely by past Lilly Scholars. Jacob Jones of Austin High School and Mackenzie Donovan of Scottsburg High School each received $625.50.
The Mary Elizabeth-Virgil S. Miller Memorial Scholarship was established two years ago through a bequest from the estate of Mary Elizabeth Miller. Virgil Miller had taught atAustinHigh School, and was Scott County Superintendent. He was also the first person to start special education classes inLexington. Mary established the scholarship in her estate plan as a way to honor her husband. Brandon Jerrell of Scottsburg High School received $1,000. Bailey Jeffries of Austin High School received $1,000 to attend Indiana University Southeast. Jeffries, the daughter of Angie Southers and Tim Jeffries of Austin, will major in secondary education.
The Robert G. Comer Memorial Scholarship was established for high school seniors whose lives were shaped by agriculture and farming, much like Bob’s own life was, and who plan to continue to grow themselves as they pursue a college degree of their own. Isaiah Turner of Turner Academy Homeschool received $500 to attend Asbury College. Turner, the son of Jon and Beth Turner of Austin, plans to major in political science/philosophy.
The Scott County Women’s Tennis League Scholarship was open to any students in Scott County who play tennis. This year’s award went to Mackenzie Donovan of Scottsburg High School, and was worth $250.
The Scott Memorial Hospital Guild Brunton-Mumford Scholarship was established from the Martha Jane Brunton Fleenor estate. The purpose is to assist students who wish to major in the medical field. Jacob Jones of Austin High School received up to $5,000.
Shelley Akers was a young wife and mother whose life was cut tragically short in a tractor accident two years ago. Shelley was the office manager for Purdue Extension, and was very involved in 4-H and the community. Scholarship applicants for the Shelley Comer Akers Memorial Scholarship were asked to submit an essay on how they’ve been able to put the 4 H’s in 4H to good use in their life. Shelby Hale of Scottsburg High School received $500 to attend the University of Indianapolis. Hale, the daughter of Brad and Sherri Hale of Austin, will major in occupational therapy.
Timothy Michael Wolf was a student at ScottsburgHigh School, where he was a medalist on the golf team and played trombone for the Band of Warriors. He was diagnosed with leukemia just short of his 14th birthday, and after three years of battling the effects of treatment, Tim went to be with the Lord. Before he passed away, he spoke with his dad about establishing a scholarship fund. Tim loved school and looked forward to his college experience, and his family has said he would be happy to know he has helped others achieve their dreams. Shelby Hale of Scottsburg High School received $5,000.
The Walter S. and Clarice (White) Bridgewater Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of his parents by Dr. Walter C. Bridgewater. Its purpose is to assist students atScottsburgHigh Schoolin their pursuit of higher education. Jessica Wooten of Scottsburg High School received $1,000 to attend Anderson University. Wooten, the daughter of Patricia Towne of Scottsburg, will major in psychology.
To donate to any current scholarship funds or to establish your own scholarship fund, please contact the Scott County Community Foundation at 752-2057, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. You may also receive information by visiting www.scottcountyfoundation.org.