Several students were recently awarded scholarships through the Scott County Community Foundation. The high school recipients were honored at awards ceremonies at their schools in May.
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 to Hanover College during 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 help Scottsburg High School graduates continue their education in college. Brandon Boswell of Scottsburg High School received $3,500 to attend Indiana University. Boswell, the son of Steve and Charlotte Boswell of Scottsburg, will major in accounting.
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 scholarship is for students who attended Vienna-Finley Elementary School and plan to pursue a degree in the field of education. Breanna Stubblefield of Scottsburg High School received $500 to attend Indiana University Southeast. Stubblefield, the daughter of Don and Cindi Mills of Scottsburg, plans to 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. D?artagnan Engle of Austin High School received $500 to attend IUPUI. ?Engle plans to major in computer engineering.
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 of Scottsburg High School who plan on pursuing a degree in education or a profession that serves children. Leila Kermanshahi received $500 to attend Western Kentucky University. Kermanshahi, the daughter of Kayhan and Barbara Kermanshahi of Scottsburg, plans to major in education.
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 for Scott County School District 2 for a few years. The McNeelys were passionate about education and children, and their commitment to students lives on through the scholarship fund. Braden Hale of Scottsburg High School received $10,000 to attend Trine University to major in electrical engineering. Hale is the son of Brad and Sherri Hale of Austin. A second scholarship worth $9,000 was awarded to Matthew Jerrell. Jerrell is the son of Bryan and Susan Jerrell of Scottsburg. He plans to attend Ohio Northern University to major in pharmacy. A third scholarship worth $8,000 was awarded to Carmen Boley. Boley, the daughter of Roger and Shelby Boley of Scottsburg, plans to attend Indiana University to major in finance.
The Epply Shields Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to provide assistance to Scottsburg High School students who plan on majoring in elementary or secondary education. Natalie Grever of Scottsburg High School received $5,000 to attend Indiana University. Grever, the daughter of James and Cheryl Grever of Scottsburg, plans to major in secondary education ? mathematics.
Jayce Ray Stallings loved being with his mom?s basketball team, at the baseball diamond, and on vacation with his family. He enjoyed John Deere tractors and was loved by everyone who met him. This scholarship was established by his family in his memory, and is awarded for graduating senior girls at Austin High School who played basketball. Elizabeth Vires was awarded $1,000 to attend Indiana University Southeast. Vires, the daughter of Robert and Donna Vires of Austin, plans to major in psychology/sociology.
The Mary Elizabeth-Virgil S. Miller Memorial Scholarship was established through a bequest from the estate of Mary Elizabeth Miller. Virgil Miller had taught at Austin High School, and was Scott County Superintendent. He was also the first person to start special education classes in Lexington. Mary established the scholarship in her estate plan as a way to honor her husband. Elizabeth Vires and Andrea Howard both received $2,500 each. Howard, of Scottsburg High School, is the daughter of Tracy Howard of Scottsburg. She plans to attend Bellarmine University to major in actuarial science.
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. Leighanna Miller of Scottsburg High School received $500. Miller, the daughter of Stephanie Miller of Lexington, plans to attend Hanover College to major in psychology.
Scott Memorial Hospital has several scholarships for students who are majoring in the healthcare field. The Scott Memorial Hospital IUS Scholarship is for nursing students. This year?s recipient is Olivia Burchett, who received $2,000.
Shelley Akers was a young wife and mother whose life was cut tragically short in a tractor accident. 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. Leighanna Miller received $500.
Timothy Michael Wolf was a student at Scottsburg High 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. Cameron Schmidt received $5,000. He is the son of Frank and Teresa Schmidt of Scottsburg and plans to attend Ball State University to major in criminal justice.
The Walter S. and Clarice (White) Bridgewater Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of his parents by Dr. Walter C. Bridgewater. Walter Sr. was superintendent of the county farm and small business owner, while Clarice was business manager at Morgan?s. Braden Hale received this year?s scholarship, worth $500.