School’s out for summer, but students from 14 Hoosier Energy member cooperatives are collecting college scholarships for the 2023-24 year.
As a matter of fact, the total of 90 students receiving scholarships surpasses last year’s already high standard of 86. Three of those are recipients of statewide awards as Alivia Hopper of Orange County REMC and Ethan Haenlein of South Central Indiana REMC each received $1,000 Indiana Electric Cooperatives Manager’s Association Scholarships, while Bree Vollman of Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative received the AIEC Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperative Memorial Scholarship of $2,000.
At the local level, Bartholomew County REMC awarded three scholarships, headed by the $5,000 Alex Barkes Memorial Scholarship awarded to Laney Ruiz of Columbus North, who plans to attend Ivy Tech and major in Mortuary Sciences. The other two $1,500 scholarship winners are Natalie Ho of Columbus North, who will attend Purdue to major in Computer Science and minor in Engineering, and Darren Li of Columbus North, who will attend Duke University to major in Chemistry and minor in Finance.
The 15 scholarship winners at Clark County REMC are led by Emily Miller of Jeffersonville, who received the $2,500 Cindy Hockensmith Memorial Scholarship. Miller plans to attend Purdue and pursue Engineering.
The remaining 14 students were awarded $1,000 scholarships to local schools. The Indiana University Southeast winners are Keira Arvin of Eastern, Luck Bach of Charlestown, Gracey Brock of Scottsburg, Jada Clark of Charlestown, America Castaneda of The Excel Center, Olivia Lawrence of New Washington Middle School, Isabella Sad of Silver Creek and Caden Watson of Charlestown.
Headed to Ivy Tech Sellersburg are Katelin Conder of Scottsburg, Ava Nelson of Henryville and homeschooler Kaden Stephens.
The remaining students going to Purdue Polytechnic Institute of New Albany are Alexander Sheehan of Charlestown, Caleb Thomas of Jeffersonville and Emma Wilcoxson of Silver Creek.
Harrison REMC awarded seven $1,000 scholarships to Alyssa Spurlock of North Harrison, Nixon Lumbarkovski of Floyd Central, Katherine Weber of Providence, Millie Spencer of South Central, Hallie Yonkers of Corydon Central, homeschooler Conner Witten and Johnathon Albers of Lanesville.
This year’s $1,000 scholarship winners at Henry County REMC are Ella Absher of Shenandoah, Jeffery Alexander of Knightstown, Ryan Craft Tri High, Camryn DeNeve of New Castle, Ryan Grieser of New Castle and Jasmeen Kaur of Blue River Valley.
A pair of $2,000 academic scholarships are awarded yearly by JCREMC. The 2023 winners in Johnson County are Ailyn Hendricks of Franklin Community, who plans to attend Franklin College and study Biology with a Pre-Dental concentration, and Micah Robertson of Center Grove, who plans to attend Indiana University to study Intelligent Systems Engineering.
Jackson County REMC gave a trio of $1,000 scholarships to Grayson Hunt of Salem, Brooke Schafstall of Seymour and Dylan Wischmeier of Brownstown Central.
At Orange County REMC, six $750 scholarships are awarded each year. This year’s recipients are Aliza Allen of Paoli, Geneva Clark of Orleans, Michaela McCabe of Orleans, Emily Qualkenbush of Orleans, Braxton Sprouse of West Washington and Kye Strother of West Washington.
RushShelby Energy has awarded two $1,000 scholarships and will award two more in a random drawing at the July annual meeting. The winners so far are Madison Brown of Triton Central, who will attend Indiana University and major in Biology, and Isabella Wilson of Rushville, who will attend Butler and major in Pre-Pharmacy.
There are five winners of a $1,000 John D. Rudd Memorial Scholarship at South Central Indiana REMC. They are Ethan Haenlein of Martinsville, Chloe Anne Harris of Owen Valley, Madelyn Henry of Oldenburg Academy, Madilyn MacPhee of Martinsville and Jack Wolff of Martinsville.
A trio of students received $500 scholarships from Southeastern Indiana REMC. They are Adam Bruner of Aurora (Ball State), Jillian Eppinghoff of West Harrison (Northern Kentucky) and Kylee Starost of Batesville (Ohio State).
Southern Indiana Power named four $500 scholarship winners for 2023 – Kaden Chestnut of Tell City, Garrick Huber of Tell City, Allison Pucket of South Spencer and Rosa Pund of Perry Central.
For the second straight year, Wayne-White Counties Electric Cooperative gave out 10 Annual Meeting Scholarships of $500 each. The recipients are Heidi Beadles of Edwards County, Sydney Downen of Hamilton County, Emma Glover of Edwards County, Emma Hendrick of Cisne, Aubrey Kaufman of Hamilton County, Tyler Koker of Fairfield Community, Adam Knuckles of Knuckles Home School Christian Academy, Sara McGehee of Fairfield Community, Brenna Russell of Carmi-White County and Ava Winternheimer of Hamilton County.
Whitewater Valley REMC also awards 10 scholarships at the annual meeting. The winners of the $750 scholarships for 2023 are Hannah Abney of Richmond, Zoe Brock of Connersville, Daniella Bulach of Brookville, Adrienne Caudill of Liberty, Lucas Czerniak of Brookville, Matthew Elzemeyer of Richmond, Logan Farley of Centerville, Mason Mull of Richmond, Joseph Riffle of Brookville and Josephine Selm of Brookville.
The final co-op awarding scholarships is WIN Energy REMC, which gives out 10 $1,000 scholarships each year. The winners for 2023 are Luke Bloebaum of South Knox, Hanna Burkhart of Sullivan, Paige Chickadaunce of Sullivan, Kelsey Ellis of Princeton Community, Kenadee Frey of Vincennes Rivet, Emma Saucerman of North Knox, Luke Scheller of North Posey, Shelby Shaw of North Knox, Addison Sisil of Sullivan and Bethany Williams of South Knox.