2017 South Adams Senior Awards

 The 2017 South Adams High School Senior Awards Program was held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 6:30pm at South Adams High School. 35 awards were presented by the ACCF; which  totaled over $50,000.
 
Awards marked with a (*) indicate 1st time award. 
 
    

*ACCF/William and Coleen Allmandinger Vocational Scholarship

The William and Coleen Allmandinger Scholarship Fund was established by Coleen Allmandinger, on behalf of her late husband, William Allmandinger, herself, and their three sons: Lee, Kent, and Jon. The scholarship’s intent is to encourage, and support dedicated students through higher education, by either traditional or non-traditional coursework. While formatted as a financial gift, the scholarship seeks to help sustain a student’s core standards of hard work, ethical decisions, community service, and personal persistence for individual growth, responsibility, and achievement. Additionally, the student is encouraged to apply his or her education for broader community thinking and improvement.

The 2017, William and Coleen Allmandinger scholar is:

Haley Archer               Saint Francis               X-ray Tech/Nursing

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*ACCF/(Madonna) Pauline Borders

This scholarship fund was established in memory of Pauline Borders by family and friends.

Madonna Pauline Borders taught science for 40 years at South Adams as well as many years at Ivy Tech in Portland. Pauline was passionate about helping all improve their lives. She expected excellence from herself and demanded it from her students. 

The intent of this scholarship is to help any student off-set his/her financial burden while obtaining a post-secondary education.   The first 2017, Pauline Border scholars are:

Kayley Lothridge            UNOH                        Medical Tech 

Josh Lahr                         IPFW                           Nursing

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*ACCF/William Morris Scholarship
This scholarship is established in memory of William L. Morris, 81, by Bill’s family: Eleanor and their sons Bob and Mike.Following time spent in the Army, Bill graduated from Ball State and spent his entire career in the field of education, initially teaching history and coaching basketball. Bill became Geneva High School principal at the age of 27 and was one of the youngest principals ever in Indiana. He was known as stern but fair with a wonderful sense of humor. Bill’s wit was exceptional, and his sons both inherited this talent. Bill, Eleanor, and sons, Bob and Mike have all been deeply involved in their communities, and it is their intent that this interest be shared by the recipient of the William L. Morris Scholars. 
The  2017 William Morris scholar is:

Jared Grabou                 IUPUI                         Biology / Pre-Med

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*ACCF/Carey ‘Tater’ Moser Scholarship

Carey L. "Tater" Moser, 52, Berne (May 3, 1964 - July 17, 2016). Carey “Tater” Moser, beloved husband, father and friend to so many, played football for South Adams during the 1978-81 seasons. This scholarship is being created by his family and friends to honor the legacy of the person who personified the meaning of loyalty and friendship, along with his great sense of humor. It is also being created to remember his love of football and the South Adams Football program.The South Adams recipient of this scholarship will use the funds to further their education, and will do so with the same spirit and enthusiasm in honor of our husband, father and friend Tater.

The 2017 Carey L. "Tater" Moser scholar is:

Jayden Dull                 IPFW                           Business

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/American Legion Post #468 Scholarship

Established in 2012, the leaders of the American Legion and our community participated in a unique fundraiser recognizing local military personnel by placing an ornament on the Tree of Valor. This tree is available each year in November for Veterans Day and ornaments can be purchased in varying amounts. The money collected through this event was used to establish a fund in the Foundation and to provide funding for this award. The scholar selected for this award must provide proof of military association and membership to the American Legion, Post #468. 

The 2017 American Legion, Post #468 scholars are:   
Jayden Dull                 IPFW                                      Business
Makenna Luginbill        Indiana Tech                           Digital Graphics & Design
Bailey McIntire            Purdue University                     Forestry
Makinzi Peace             Indiana University                    Chemistry
Ashley Rhoades           Ball State University                 Nursing
Zachary Teeple           Ball State University                  Music Education
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Adams County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship

Established in 1998, the Adams County Memorial Hospital Fund was transferred into the Community Foundation when there was a very lucrative $1. for $1 match sponsored by Lilly Endowment. This fund was initially established so that one scholarship would be awarded to a student from each school in Adams County on a rotation. With the Foundation’s prudent investments and the growth of this fund, there are multiple scholarships awarded to students from each of the three schools every year. 

The 2017 South Adams Hospital Auxiliary scholars are:

Lindsey Heckler          Saint Francis                                Physical Therapy

Olivia Mason              Indiana University                         Biology(Pre-Med)/Chemistry

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Herman Bixler Memorial Scholarship

Herman “Bix” Bixler was born and raised in Hartford Township. He graduated from Geneva High School in 1941. After high school, he joined the Navy and served during WWII. After the war he worked in the Pfennig Insurance Agency in Geneva, buying the agency in 1952. He expanded the business and now there are offices in Berne, Decatur, Geneva and Portland. Bix was an avid golfer. He was one of the leaders to develop the Wabash Valley Golf Course in Geneva. 

The 2017 Herman Bixler Memorial Scholar is:
Nick Wurster                IPFW                                   Business
 
   

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Adams County Coon Hunters Scholarship
This fund was established as result of a group of formerly active outdoorsmen. They were members who were in the once thriving organized club: Adams County Coon Hunters. At one time, there were meetings and sporting events and family gatherings. Over the years, the interest and involvement waned. It was decided that this money should be used in the way it was intended before it is completely forgotten. Therefore, an Adams County Coon Hunters Scholarship Fund was established. This is for an Adams County student who has an interest in Animal sciences with activities to include but not limited to: hunting, trapping, or other outdoors sports.
The Adams County Coon Hunters Scholarship is awarded to:

Michael Gallagher             Purdue                             Biology/Zoology

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Carolyn Donaghy Memorial Scholarship

In 2004, Carolyn’s husband, Larry Donaghy, contacted the Adams County Community Foundation to begin an annual scholarship to memorialize Carolyn. Larry and son, Mark Donaghy wanted to recognize Carolyn’s employment at Taylor University in Ft. Wayne and her involvement in community activities. This prompted the eligibility requirements for this scholarship. Students attending Taylor University are considered for this scholarship and those who have shown particular attention to compassion and community service are the strongest candidates.

The 2017 South Adams Carolyn Donaghy Memorial Scholars are:
Audrey Burson,                       Taylor University                  Elementary Education
John-David Groh                     Taylor University                  Biology Education
Brittany Stoner                        Taylor University                  Special Education
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Gregg Drake Memorial Scholarship

The Gregg Drake Memorial scholarship is being given by the family of Gregg Drake, who passed away October 1, 2013.Gregg was born in Adams County, grew up in Berne, and graduated from South Adams High School in 1969. He received his B.S. degree in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Indianapolis in 1973. After college, Gregg started a State Farm Insurance Agency in Berne where he served the community for nearly 40 years. As a businessman, Gregg enjoyed living in, working with, and giving back to our community. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is planning to pursue a career in business. He loved sports and was especially proud to coach and sponsor our baseball teams. Our family knows Gregg would be pleased to help a South Adams student with business aspirations.

Jayden Dull                      IPFW                                    Business

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Thomas Neal Dull Memorial Baseball Scholarship
The Thomas Neal Dull South Adams Baseball Scholarship is being awarded in memory and honor of Thomas Neal Dull who passed away in 2007. Mr. Dull was a pioneer and great supporter of the Geneva High School and the South Adams High School Baseball programs and sports in general for over 50 years. This scholarship will be awarded each spring to a graduating South Adams baseball player who has displayed strong leadership and has excelled in their scholastic endeavors. The scholarship recipient will also be an individual who is committed to furthering their talents and skills at the collegiate level. 
The 2017 Thomas Neal Dull Memorial Baseball Scholar is: 

Marcus Teeter             Indiana University                         Business

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Trooper Cory Elson Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2001, as a result of a staggeringly appalling circumstance that occurred in April 2000, the Trooper Cory Elson Scholarship has been awarded to a student from one of the three high schools in Adams County. To date this scholarship has been awarded to 16 students. Based on an essay topic ‘What is Community Service’ this student is recognized with her very impressive essay and application. 

This 2017 Trooper Cory Elson Scholar is:

Kara Seffernick            Ball State                          Nursing/Physical Therapy

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/K. Robert Ehrman Vocational Scholarship

Karl Robert Ehrman was a lifelong resident of Adams County with family ties in Wells County. A humble, quiet man, he was a retired farmer and an accomplished musician. He played a French horn, coronet, organ, and an accordion. Through his generosity and commitment to both counties, he established an endowment fund with the Wells County Foundation. As a part of the terms of the fund, a percentage of the annual distribution is for vocational grants to each of the six high schools in Adams and Wells Counties. Recipients are selected for having demonstrated an interest in a particular vocational area with plans to enter an accredited postsecondary vocational training program. 

The 2017 K. Robert Ehrman Vocational Scholars are:

Haley Archer             Saint Francis                                   X-ray Tech/Nursing

Cassandra Evans       Rudae’s School of Beauty                  Cosmetology

Laramie Schwartz      Rudae’s School of Beauty                  Cosmetology

 

 

  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/EXCEL! /Lehman Family

 “A helping hand-up to a student doing their best and wanting to further their education towards their goals and passions. College or trade schools or certification programs.” This donor says: “Be industrious. Make Something Happen in Your Life. Go the second mile: Excel! “If you’re a ‘C;’ student, try your best for a ‘B’. This scholarship is for a student who has shown they are industrious and can overcome challenges to be the best they can be.”  This was reported about Jeffery:  “This student displays kindness and compassion in his interactions with others and in his work at various retirement communities.  He continually works on improving himself.  He has shown determination and perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles.”     

The  EXCEL! Scholar is:

Jeffery Gerber             Ivy Tech                  Human Resource Management

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ACCF/Geneva Proud Scholarships

One of the highest priorities of the Geneva Proud organization, has been to insure the promotion and support of the youth of the community. A Geneva Proud Scholarship is awarded to an eligible student every year. The improved town parks and support of the youth programs have made Geneva a very desirable place to raise a family. In addition, Geneva Proud provides scholarships to local students sponsored through donations. Applicants are chosen from high school seniors who live in Geneva or the townships of Harford, Jefferson and Wabash. 

The 2017 Geneva Proud Scholars are: 

Mikinzi Peace               Indiana University                         Chemistry

Marcus Teeter              Indiana University                          Business

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Katelyn Gilbert Memorial Scholarship
Katelyn Ann Gilbert was born May 10th, 2010 at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Upon entering the world, Katelyn was faced with a tough challenge. She was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS); the left side of her heart was not developed. She would need three heart surgeries by the age of two. Katelyn underwent surgery at just four days old and was determined to fight the circumstances. Katelyn was a beautiful baby with a full head of dark curls that taught numerous people the value of life, love, and happiness. During her short six-week stay here on earth, she touched the hearts of countless people. She is now in heaven with her complete heart. Katelyn is survived by her parents, Doug and Katrina (Minnich) Gilbert of Monroe and a sisters Allison and Addison (Alli and Addi). 
The 2017 Katelyn Gilbert Memorial Scholar is: 
Kara Seffernick                 Ball State University                Nursing/Physical Therapy
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/David Habegger Memorial Scholarship

David Habegger was a country boy on his family’s farm on the Tile Mill Road in Adams County. His family included five brothers and four sisters. As kids, they played ball with neighbors and friends from church. After Dave and his brothers returned from WWII, they formed a semi-pro basketball team and played teams from all over Indiana. Dave coached Little League in Berne for a number of years and was active on Berne’s Recreation Department Board. Certainly this explains why the criteria for the Dave Habegger Memorial Scholarship is a student who has participated in sports. 

The 2017 David Habegger Memorial Scholar is:

JD Groh                     Indiana Wesleyan University              Biology Education

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Derryl Lehman Memorial Scholarship

Derryl Lehman was a Berne businessman who was co-owner of Lehman Feed Mill. Upon graduation from high school, Derryl served in the U. S. Air Force. Returning to Berne, he served as a member of the South Adams School board, and he volunteered as an instructor for South Adams economics class through Junior Achievement. Derryl embraced personal responsibility and achievement. Eligibility requirements for this scholarship is that the student has an interest in the agriculture field of study.  

The 2017 Derryl Lehman Memorial Scholar is:

Bailey McIntire                   Purdue University                          Forestry

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Doyle & Anna Lehman Scholarship

Doyle and Anna Lehman both briefly attended Taylor University; after their marriage Doyle attended and completed his degree at Purdue University. While a student at Purdue, Doyle majored in Agriculture Education and Science, and Anna worked in the Mechanical Engineering office. Doyle taught Vocational Agriculture and biology at Pleasant Mills High School then he went on to teach at Geneva High School and Berne-French High School. In 1964, Doyle was the first principal of South Adams High School and served for fourteen years. He then served as Superintendent at Adams Central and later at South Adams. Because of his interest in Vocational Education, he was very instrumental in establishing the Area 18 vocational school. They have raised three children. Kevin, a teacher, Brent, Superintendent, and Cheryl a Human Resource Director. Doyle was employed for 36 years in the Adams County Schools. Doyle and Anna are interested in giving back to students, particularly vocational students.

The 2017 Doyle & Anna Lehman Scholar is: 
Laramie Schwartz          Rudae’s School of Beauty         Cosmetology
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Jessica Lehman Memorial Scholarship

Jessica was a young lady who shared the joy of living with her family and friends – even as she navigated life with special needs. Her companions on this journey also included may skilled teachers, therapists and members of the health care professions. Jessica’s life benefited many others as she is inspired the creation of Agape Respite Care. She leaves a legacy of love and laughter. This scholarship, supports persons seeking to make a difference in the lives of others. Jessica graduated from South Adams High School and enjoyed swimming, biking, shopping, and horseback riding.       

The Jessica Lehman Memorial Scholar is:

Katelin Augsburger                Saint Francis             Nursing

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Established In 1998, the Lilly Endowment has provided scholarships for Indiana students. Since then, in Adams County alone, 35 students have been award these very notable scholarships. These students will have their tuition and fees covered for eight semesters for any college in the state of Indiana they opt to attend. Since 1998, the ACCF has awarded 35 Lilly scholarships and over $2 Million in scholarships though this scholarship opportunity alone. This year recognizes the 36th Adams County student The requirement for this distribution is established by the donor: Lilly Endowment and we thank them. 

The Lilly Endowment Scholar is:
Gabrielle Amstutz       Butler University           Business Administration
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Scott Mathys Memorial Scholarship

Established in 1997, as a result of a tragic fatal motorcycle accident, the Scott Mathys Memorial Scholarship has grown by the efforts of the local American Legion and this community. To date, 12 scholarships have been awarded to South Adams students. Like Scott, the eligibly requirement for this scholarship is that the student is an average GPA student that appreciates this community. 

The 2017 Scott Mathys Scholar is:

Haley Archer               Saint Francis                 X-ray Tech/Nursing

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/McDonald Family Scholarship

At a very young age, Barb knew she wanted to become a teacher. She recalls lining up her dolls and giving them lessons on what she thought was important. As a youth, she taught Bible School, tutored migrants, and was a cadet teacher. Retired from teaching, Barb McDonald intends for this scholarship to help students reach their goal of becoming a teacher. Barb earned her bachelor's degree from Goshen College and master’s degree from Indiana University. As a teacher for 26 years, it is understandable this scholarship is to provide support for a student going into the field of education.

The 2017 McDonald Family Scholar is:

Morgan Alberson           IPFW                      Elementary Education

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Meshberger / LICA Scholarship

Established in 1998, the Meshberger Brothers Scholarship was established in the Foundation when there was a match program sponsored by Lilly Endowment. This fund was initially established so that one scholarship was awarded to a student from each school in Adams County. With the Foundation’s investments, the growth of this fund, and the generous additional contributions made by the Meshberger Corporation, the fund had grown large enough to award multiple impressive scholarships to seniors in each school district. This scholar must show proof of association with an employee of the Meshberger / LICA company or the student plans to majoring in engineering. 

The 2017 SA Meshberger Scholars are:

Jared Grabau           IUPUI                                          Biology / Pre-Med

Kendra Tubbs          Trine University                            Mechanical Engineering

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Amy Meyer Memorial Scholarship

October 2009, age 28, Amy’s young life was cut short very tragically. She left behind many dear family members, friends and a bright eyed young son of nearly 2 years old, Max. Amy was a 1999 graduate of South Adams. She had a love of sports, participating in basketball, softball and cross country. She went on to play college basketball at IPFW and St. Francis while studying sports management. She had recently returned to SA as an assistant coach to the cross country team and was an assistant coach to the St. Francis Women’s Basketball team. This scholarship will recognize students such as Amy. This scholarship was established so we will have an annual tribute for this most memorable female athlete.

The 2017 Amy Meyer Scholar is: 

Abby Myers             IPFW                                          Social Work

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ACCF/Peter Minnich Memorial Scholarship

Peter was a member of the St. Marys of the Presentation Church, Geneva Indiana and a Purdue graduate. For 35 years, he was the owner of the well-known Edelweiss Floral & Gift Shop in Berne. Peter was a very talented and creative florist. He was also active in the Jay County Arts Place. Peter was a much respected citizen and talented artist. His interests included his love for animals, gardening, and traveling. This scholarship is an annual tribute to Peter’s many talents.

There are multiple awards that will be called in 3 groups. 

The 2017 Peter Minnich Scholars are:
Morgan Alberson          IPFW                                      Elementary Education
Erika Badertscher         Grace Colleg                            Psychology     
Kaitlin Carper               IPFW                                      Psychology
Caralie Farlow              Bethel College                         Finance/Human Resources
Natalia Frank               IPFW                                      Psychology
James Groh                 Indiana Wesleyan University      Biology Education
Tabitha Henderson       Notre Dame, IUPUI                  Business Management
Ashton Klopp               University of Findley                 Biology
Brette Klopp                University of Findley                 Biology
Bailey McIntire             Purdue  University                    Forestry
Brian O’Donnell            IPFW                                      Communications (Sports)
Jacob Rife                   IPFW                                      Mathematics
Riley Thompson           Ivy Tech                                  Social Work
Alexus Voltaire             IPFW                                      Graphic Design
Nicholas Wurster          IPFW                                      Business
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Nut Tree Scholarship

Fiction / Nonfiction /Travel Books / Suspense / Education / Biographies / Autobiographies or Humor Books allow us to go on trips, take a mental vacation, change our moods, make us laugh, make us cry … we learn of other countries, other cultures, other people. These books draw our attention. Learning a life’s lesson through reading experiences may impact our lives in ways that are slight or immense. Reading helps us to form our educational and personal goals.   This scholarship was established to recognize the importance of reading, and to encourage that each scholar passes this love of reading along. This scholarship is awarded to a South Adams and Adams Central student who has shown a great interest in reading.  

The South Adams 2017 Nut Tree Scholars are: 
Marcus Teeter                       Indiana University                              Business
Brittany Stoner                      Taylor University                                Special Education      

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Alice R Rhoades Memorial Scholarship

Alice graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955, then went on to Ball State University, graduating with a Bachelors and then a Master’s degree in Education. Alice began her 39 year teaching career at Pleasant Mills School, taught at Geneva High School and South Adams High School, and retired in 1998. Alice’s love for education stretched far beyond her 39 years in the classroom. For over 15 years she was the Adams County Community Foundation Scholarship chairperson. She chaired the Committee and was responsible for the recognition of literally hundreds of students. This scholarship is to remember Alice for her impactful service to these past, present, future students and community leaders. 

The 2017 Alice Rhoades Memorial Scholars are: 

Paul Neuenschwander             IPFW                                     Education

Zachary Teeple                      Ball State University                 Music Education

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Margaret S. Rhoades Memorial Scholarship

Ron was born during the depression in the 1930s. His single mother had eight children. They, along with his grandmother, grandfather and a disabled aunt lived in a two-room house in Kentucky.His seven-year old sister was often the care-giver. This level of hardship is unimaginable to our generation; however, this domestic description was perhaps not terribly unusual during this time in our country’s history. As often the case during those difficult years, fortunate children were adopted into families that were better prepared to care for young ones. Ron was one of these fortunate children. Ron was adopted at age five by Margaret and Thomas Rhoades. Margaret was born in the hills of Kentucky. In this area of profound destitution, it was not unusual for children to end their education early; however, Margaret was one of two in her graduating class. In the early 1920s, Margaret traveled by train to Georgetown Teachers College where she graduated and became a teacher. Margaret was a teacher for 39 years. This scholarship is for students who plan to earn a 2-year degree.

The 2017 Margaret Rhoades Memorial Scholars are: 

Haley Archer                     Saint Francis                                 X-ray Tech/Nursing

Laramie Schwartz            Rudae’s School of Beauty           Cosmetology

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Ted Schwartz Memorial Scholarship

The Ted Schwartz Memorial Scholarship is being awarded for the fourth time this year. It is being given by the family of Ted Schwartz, who passed away in 2013.Ted was born and raised in Berne and graduated from South Adams in 1967. He received his art education degree from Taylor University in 1971 and earned his master's degree from Saint Francis College in 1974. In 1971 he began his teaching career in Portland, then came to South Adams in 1978. After teaching art to elementary and junior high students, he became head of the art department and taught high school students for many years. His teaching career spanned 41 years, with 34 years being at South Adams. He touched the lives of many young people, who in turn inspired him. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is planning to pursue a career in visual arts. 

The 2017 recipient of the Ted Schwartz Memorial Scholarship is: 
Emira Veseli            Ball State University                       Fashion Design
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Betty Jean Jones-Seffernick Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is established in memory of Betty Jean Jones-Seffernick (age 60) by her husband of 37 years, Joseph ‘Joe’ Seffernick. The intention of this award is to provide an annual tribute to Betty Jean and to recognize her 22 years as a medical lab technician at Jay County Hospital. Betty Jean Jones-Seffernick graduated from Geneva High School 1962 and Elkhart University Medical and Dental Technical School after earning her one-year degree as a medical lab technician.

The Betty Jean Jones-Seffernick Memorial Scholarship scholars are: 
Haley Archer                  Saint Francis                            X-ray tech/Nursing
Katelin Augsburger       Saint Francis                            Nursing
Michael Gallagher         Purdue                                      Biology/Zoology
Caroline Kloepper         Ball State                                  Nursing
Josh Lahr                         IPFW                                         Nursing
Kayley Lothridge           UNOH                                       Medical Tech
Ashley Rhoades            Ball State University               Nursing
Fatima Sandoval           Saint Francis                            Nursing
Christa Shaffer              IUPUI                                        Nursing
Alexa Yoder                   Ball State University               Nursing
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Clayton Shuck Memorial Scholarship

A fund that has grown out of the good intentions of a community. That is how this might be described. This young family has been through a lot the past several years. They have experienced more than many couples who have been together for decades. Clayton Shuck was the engineer of a roller coast that led this community through a series of ups and downs. We followed his treatments and recuperations and more treatments. For a 3-year-old child, he taught us bravery and perseverance through his patience and courage. His life shows what a single person can do.

The 2017 Clayton Shuck scholar is: 

Kara Seffernick              Ball State                          Nursing/Physical Therapy

 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Phyllis Speicher Scholarship

Phyllis is the daughter of Dan and Mary Jane Speicher.  She was born and raised in Berne. After graduating from Berne-French Twp. High School in 1961, she attended Ball State University and graduated with a Science and Math Degree in Education. After graduating from college, she was hired by Crown Point Community Schools. She taught Math the first year and Science the next 44 years at Taft Middle school. She was Science Dept. Chairmen for thirty-eight years.  After retirement in 2010, she decided that she wanted to help others have the same opportunity that she had. Since her interest is in Math, Science and Technology, she would like to help people who want to pursue a degree in these areas. 

The 2017 Phyllis Speicher Scholars are:
Mikinzi Peace                   Indiana University                         Chemistry
Blade Zietvogel                IPFW                                            Information Technology
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Smith Brothers Furniture/Nick Taylor Scholarship        

Spc Nicholas A. "Nick" Taylor, age 20, died on Monday, July 16, 2012, representing the Indiana National Guard in the Kandahar Providence, Afghanistan. Funeral services were the end of July after Nick returned home. Thousands of local citizens lined the streets from the airport as Nick’s procession passed down Hwy 27 and into Berne. Literally hundreds of American flags were displayed to the Taylor family to show support, sympathy, compassion, and most of all the pride we have in our young men and women who serve. Nick was too young to die. His passing represents his love of country and his dedication to serve and protect. Nick is truly a hero.    Nick is the son of Tim and Stephanie Taylor of Berne. As Nick worked at Smith Brothers Furniture in Berne (and Stephanie works there now), the administrators at Smith Brothers wanted to remember Nick in a very special way. They opened this application process up to Smith Brothers employees’ families.   The essays and applications are reviewed by Smith Brothers administrators and then final selection is by the ACCF. 

The Smith Brothers / Nick Taylor scholars are:

Kara Seffernick         Ball State University                                        Nursing/Physical Therapy

Emira Veseli             Ball State University                                        Fashion Design
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Taylor Family Sponsored / Nick Taylor Scholarship

In addition to the Smith Brothers Furniture Nick Taylor Scholarship, there is also the Taylor Family sponsored scholarship in memory of Nick Taylor. The Nick Taylor Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Taylor family and this community is: 

Sophia Myers                Purdue  University                     Strategy/Organizational Management
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ACCF/Kenneth & Eula Van Emon Scholarship

In 2008, this scholarship was a gift from their ten children to honor the year of their 80th birthdays. Educator – parents: former, Superintendent Kenneth Van Emon and retired, teacher Eula Van Emon. Kenneth earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue U and this mastery levels from Ball State. Eula began her college degree in elementary education in her mid-30s by attending IU in Ft Wayne. She pursued mastery education from Ball State and Purdue University. With a combined education experiences of nearly 60 years, it is understandable, this scholarship is awarded to a student who plans pursue a degree in education. 

The 2017 Kenneth and Eula Van Emon Scholars are:  
Audrey Burson                        Taylor University                                Elementary Education
Paul Neuenschwander              IPFW                                                 Education