Posey County Community Foundation Scholarships Total $47,200

The Posey County Community Foundation has announced the recipients of their annual Community Scholarships. The scholarships are made possible by endowment funds established by generous donors and held by the Posey County Community Foundation.

The scholarship awards totaled $47,200. They include:

The Byron and Lila Brenton Memorial Scholarship was created by the Metropolitan School District of North Posey County in memory of former school superintendent Byron Brenton and his wife. The $4800 scholarship was awarded to Cooper Motz, Wadesville, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The Cash Family Scholarship was established by Brenda and Michael Cash to benefit graduating seniors of Mount Vernon High School pursuing advanced education in the field of healthcare. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Jessica Yorgason, Mount Vernon.

The CountryMark Technical Trade Scholarship was established by CountryMark Cooperative LLP to help students pursue advanced education toward a degree in technology or engineering. The scholarship of up to $4500, was awarded to Caleb Wassmer, Poseyville, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The Herb and Betty Curry Scholarship was established by Herb and Betty Curry to help Posey County graduating seniors pursue advanced education in music, music education, or the performing arts. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Hueftle, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Ben Dickhaut Memorial 4-H and FFA Scholarship was created by the friends and family of Ben Dickhaut. The $2500 scholarship was awarded to Maria Turner, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Kevin Dillon North Posey Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Kevin Dillon by his family to help graduates of North Posey High School pursue advanced education. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Christian Mills, Wadesville.

The Gillenwater Scholarships were created by William Gillenwater III to help graduating seniors pursue advanced education. The $1000 scholarship recipients were Nina Bippus, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and Alexis Harmes, Evansville, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Katie Kanowsky Memorial Scholarship was established by Kathy and Frank Kanowsky, together with friends, in memory of their daughter to encourage North Posey High School students to pursue higher education at Murray State University and to use their knowledge and skills to benefit tri-state communities after graduation. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to Jessica Cook, Wadesville.

The William H. Keck Leadership Scholarship was created by the family of William H. Keck. The $1500 scholarship was awarded to Braden Henning, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship was created by the Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club in honor of Phil Ray for his many contributions and service to Kiwanis, the Metropolitan School District of Mount Vernon, the students and staff of West Elementary School, and the community of Mount Vernon. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to Jason Hamilton, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Mac McCutchan Memorial Scholarship was created by Mac McCutchan’s children in memory of their father. The $600 scholarship was awarded to Maria Turner, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Edwin W. Martin and Aletha C. Martin Scholarship was established through the estate of Aletha C. Martin to award a one-time scholarship grant each year to one or more graduating seniors from North Posey High School for the purpose of assisting with payment of tuition, room, board, books, and the fees for post-secondary education. Four students have been awarded $3500 scholarships and they are Cooper Motz, Wadesville; Elise O’Risky, Evansville, Keeli Farrar, Cynthiana; and Bryce Kiesel, Poseyville.

The James W. Moore Scholarship was created by Kent, Greg, and Keith J. Moore in memory of their father. The $200 scholarship was awarded to Curtis Pate, New Harmony, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Rosella and Doyle Oursler Scholarship was created by Doyle Oursler in memory of his wife Rosella to benefit young people in Smith Township. The $1500 scholarship was awarded to Kaitlin Wright, Cynthiana, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The Posey County Co-Op Scholarship was established by the Posey County Co-op to help Posey County graduating seniors pursue advanced education. The $1500 scholarship was awarded to Maria Turner, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The George and Peggy Rapp Scholarships were created by George F. and Peggy M. Rapp to provide scholarships to graduating seniors who are residents of New Harmony Township. The $1000 scholarship recipients were Johnathon Webber, New Harmony, a graduate of North Posey High School and Hunter Alkier, New Harmony, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The Riedford Health Professions Scholarship was established by anonymous donors in honor of Bernard (Bernie) Riedford, a teacher, who was instrumental in a program designed to introduce Mount Vernon High School students to the multiple professions available in the field of health care. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Elisabeth Kershaw, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Bobby Rogge Memorial Scholarship was created by Bob and Cindy Rogge in memory of Bobby, their son and stepson, respectively. The $200 scholarship was awarded to Cooper Motz, Wadesville, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The SABIC Innovative Plastics Scholarship was created by SABIC Innovative Plastics to support post-secondary education for the children of employees who work at the Mount Vernon, Indiana facility. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to Jason Hamilton, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Craig Andrew Spradley Memorial Scholarship was created by Andrew Q. and Christine L. Spradley in memory of their son. The $1000 scholarship was awarded to Christian Mills, Wadesville, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The Oscar and Helen Uebelhack Agriculture Scholarship was created by Jon, David K., and Dennis Uebelhack in memory of their parents. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Nina Bippus, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Margaret Corbin Wathen Scholarship was created by Tom Wathen in memory of his wife. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Hueftle, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Whitney Wehr Memorial Scholarship was established by Greg and Bridget Wehr in memory of their daughter. The $2000 scholarship was awarded to Christian Meeker, Mount Vernon, a graduate of Mount Vernon High School.

The Robby Wilson Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Robby Wilson by his father, Tim Wilson, his sisters, Jodi Moore and Wendy Wilson, and his brother, Jason Wilson, to benefit graduating seniors at New Harmony High School. The $400 scholarship was awarded to Christian Mills, Wadesville.

The 2019 Posey County Lilly Alternate Scholarship was established by the Posey County Community Foundation to honor a student selected as an alternate recipient of the Posey County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The $2000 scholarship was awarded to Bryce Kiesel, Poseyville, a graduate of North Posey High School.

The 2019 Posey County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship was awarded to Logan Bryant, Poseyville, a graduate of North Posey High School. The scholarship provides full-tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of fulltime undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation nominates one student to receive the scholarship.   

About the Posey County Community Foundation

The Posey County Community Foundation is one of 9 regional county affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life in their local communities, with charitable assets nearing $100 million. During its last fiscal year, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit the programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled nearly $3.43 million. The Alliance provides each affiliate with management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local Foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and making a difference in their community.