The 2018 OnTrack / Non-Traditional
Scholar Recognition award events will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 5:30 pm and
Saturday, July 14 at 9 am. Both events were held in the Decatur Room at
the Adams Memorial Hospital.
This year, the scholarship committee reviewed over 60 OnTrack and Non-Traditional scholar
31 scholars at the ACCF Scholarship reception: July 10, 2018.
Pictured in alphabetical order: Students recognized with ACCF Scholarship
recently are shown following the July 10 scholarship event: Brielle
Adams; Adrienne Ashley; Chad Biberstine;
Emily Bluhm; Lindsey Bluhm; Connor
Brite; Kyle Brown; Ean Degitz; Cassidy Emenhiser; Kaidlyn Fuhrmann; Benjamin
Fullenkamp; Adam Garner; Chelsea Geels; Amberly Gutierrez; Grant Gutierrez;
Emily Jackson; Austin Knous; Andrew LeFever; Chase Lose; Jill McBride; Hannah
Myers; Makenna Neuenschwander; Shelby Nower; Edward Resendez; Kevin Schueler;
Collin Selking; Evan Selking; Bryanna Sheets; Ryann Velez; Samantha Witmer; and
31 scholars at the ACCF Scholarship reception: July 14, 2018.
Pictured in alphabetical order: Students
recognized with ACCF Scholarship recently are shown following the Sat., July 14
scholarship event: Sharon Balsiger; Jennifer Baumer; Jacob
Blackburn; Connor Bussel; Kaley Butler; Jenna Corral; Christina Ysidron
Dahlstrom; Jose Diaz; Dane Fuelling; Madison Gephart; Dallas Hale; Alexa
Hammond; Brittney Hartman; Zachary Houser; Emily Hower; Jordan Jauregui; Justin
Jauregui; Saige Jauregui; Benjamin Kahlert; Kara Keller; Brooke (Tinnel) Lane;
Eric Lane; Ryan Moser; Jenelle Painter; Sarah Ruble; Spencer Saunders; Brandon
Schoeneman; Landon Smith; Katie Sprunger; Jessica Sutton; Lucas Thatcher; and
Listed below are the On-Track/Non-Traditional Scholarship Funds
David Bailey Memorial Vocational Scholarship
David was a past member of the
Central Soya Quarter Century Club, the Rollin Thunder Car Club, American
Quarter Horse Association, an avid Hot Rod and Classic Car enthusiast and loved
working on his 1952 Ford “Frog” truck and 1966 Chevelle. David enjoyed
restoring old vehicles. At any time, he could be found in this garage sanding,
greasing, repairing, or installing pieces to bring old, outdated, worn out
vehicles to their original, shiny, and impressive appearance. Carol loved that
David took such great pride in his hobby. She well remembers sitting in the
garage as David tinkered with his newest, old vehicle.
She said David often had
boys stop by to learn from his skills and experience.
Carol opted to establish a memorial
scholarship in the ACCF so that David’s love of restoration of old vehicles and
interest in automotive repair could be carried on, long remembered, and
K. Robert Ehrman Vocational Scholarship
Karl Robert Ehrman was a lifeling 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 the French horn, coronet, organ, and the 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 ocational 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.
Don and Helen Forst Memorial Scholarship
Don and Helen Forst were the owners
and operators of a popular engine shop on 2nd Street in downtown Decatur.
In 1968, they established a trust in their name to sponsor scholarships to
graduating high school seniors from the Catholic or Decatur High School.
Per their instructions, the selection committee is comprised of one
representative each from the largest parochial school and public school in
Adams County along with the ACCF scholarship committee chairpersons.
Currently, those selected to receive this award are awarded a scholarship
either as a renewable or one-time award.
Mary Jo Hoffman Memorial Scholarship Award
Mary Jo Hoffman was a school teacher for 34 years. During her career, she taught 2nd grade at Lincoln School, Monmouth Elementary School, and Northwest Elementary School. Mary Jo wanted to make sure her love of educating the youth in our community did not stop when she retired. As a dedicated teacher, she established this scholarship so a student would be given support both financially and in spirit. She knew it takes more than financial support to be a successful candidate.
This award recognizes those students who have shown the ability to be resilient and hardworking. Though she passed away in 2013, Mary Jo's legacy and support will live on through this scholarship.
John and Lou Karsh-Sink
This scholarship, established in
1995, was a generous contribution from Jim and
Sara Briggs in memory of Sara's
parents. It is a show of appreciation to
students who chose to stay in our community to raise the professional
services for all residents and is given to an Adams County resident
John Earl Lingenfelter was born in
Pennsylvania and earned his associates degree in drafting and design from
Pennsylvania state in 1965. He worked at
International Harvest in Fort Wayne in the engine laboratory until leaving in
1973 to start Lingenfelter Racing, now known as Lingenfelter Performance
Engineering (LPE). While locally owned,
LPE has become internationally known in the sophisticated world of speed,
engines, and record-breaking races.
John's infatuation for speed was his
obsession and his nemesis. While driving
the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier at Pomona, California in October 2002, John was
involved in a serious accident that ultimately claimed his life in Decatur,
Indiana on December 25, 2003.
This fund was established in support
of a student who, like John, has chosen to major in engineering.
Harold and Dora Ann Long Scholarship
This scholarship fund was established by Lois Ann (Long) Skelly and James B. Long in loving memory of their parents Harold and Dora Ann Long. Harold graduated from Berne High School in 1927. Following graduation, he attended Ball State Teachers College. In 1926, Harold started his teaching career in a one room country school and continued to teach in the southern part of Adams County for the next 46 years.
This scholarship will provide support to graduates of South Adams High School pursuing a career in teaching.
Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing, Class of '70 Scholarship
The Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing (LHSN), Class of 1970 established this
fund to support a promising student pursuing a degree in nursing. Though
LHSN is no longer an established nursing school, several members of this
class meet on a regular basis and recall youthful experiences and discuss
ways to encourage future nursing students.
This scholarship comes from former nursing students - now graduates - who
well remember the financial struggles they endured to become qualified
Dee Macke Memorial Scholarship Award
Dee Macke was a loving mother and
grandmother. Dee married Fred on December 3, 1960, and their family
grew to include four children and seven grandchildren. At the age of 40,
Dee decided to go back to school to become a nurse. While a 40 year old
student is not uncommon today, back in the 1980's this was certainly not the
norm. Dee's courage and determination surely paved the way for future
non-traditional adult students.
Dee earned her associates degree and
then went on to earn her bachelor's degree. In 1995, Dee was serving as
an oncology and diabetic nurse and worked in treatment and education at Adams
Memorial Hospital. She gained the respect of her patients and their
family members while offering strength and hope. Sadly, Dee was diagnosed
with cancer and lost her battle just before her 60th birthday.
This memorial scholarship,
established by Dee's family and friends, is a reminder of her endless energy to
help others. This scholarship will help other nontraditional students to
pass along Dee's unyielding drive to help, educate, and motivate those around
Edward and Colleen Marbach Memorial Scholarship
The Edward and Colleen Marbach Memorial Scholarship was established in their
memory by their six children: Michael, John, Susan, Janet, David, and James.
Both Ed and Colleen were members of the Zion Lutheran Church in Decatur,
Indiana. Raised on a farm in St. Marys township, all six of the Marbach
children attended Adams Central Schools.
Ed owned and operated E & M Gun Shop, retired from Dolco Packaging, and
was a lifelong dairy farmer. Colleen assisted her husband in the farming
operation and milking for 54 years. She was employed by Adams Memorial
Hospital and Woodcrest Nursing Center in Decatur.
Masters Heating and Air Vocational Scholarship
Mark Bulmahn recalls back in high school when a presenter talked about a
heating and air certification program. He said he did not have any post-high
school plans, so he talked to his parents about the program. It was expensive:
$600 a semester...for four semesters! This life experience certainly paid off
well for Mark and his family.
Mark started his business Mark's Heating and Air in 1980 out of his parents'
home. Fast forward to the present, and Mark's Heating and Air has grown and
transitioned to Masters Heating and Cooling Inc. with locations in Decatur,
Berne, Fort Wayne, and Portland. Mark reports he has been very blessed with
good employees that have helped his company thrive over the past 30 years.
This scholarship is Mark's opportunity to give back and support a student seeking additional education in a vocational area.
Christina 'Tina' Mere
Married to Michael Mere in 1976,
their family grew to include two children
(Dawn and Jake) and three
grandchildren (Anthony Hill, Jr., Keyara
Mere-Knapp, and Kyle Hill). Dawn reports that her mom is the reason she
made it through college. Her family
reports that she was the ultimate friend
and the perfect grandmother. She also influenced her grandchildren to
of others and give of their time and talents whenever they could.
This scholarship is for
non-traditional students with priority given to an Adams Central graduate going
into the field of healthcare.
Ruby Rambo-Blazer Memorial Scholarship
Ruby V. (Rambo) Blazer, 94 of Decatur,
IN was married at age 16 to Glenn Rambo in 1934, they were married for 33
years. They had four children: Richard, Phillip, Jerry, and Janet. Glenn died in 1967.
then married Fred Blazer in 1968. They
were married for 43 years. In addition
to her four children she also had 18 grandchildren, 44 great grandchildren, and
14 great-great grandchildren.
in our society, to be married for 33 years is to be celebrated. To know of a person so dedicated to their
spouse, they are married for 33 years and 43 years is to be
recognized, celebrated, and certainly respected.
owned and operated Ruby’s Style Center Beauty Shop and also worked as a
homemaker. She attended Faith Alive
Church and was a former member of the First Baptist Church. She was a member of the American Legion
Women’s Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose.
was a well-respected member of our community, and her children want to
memorialize her with this annual tribute. This scholarship will be awarded to a student, like her, who appreciates
the importance of a good family and is a contributing member of our society
Brittany was an "awesome!"
mother to her little ones. She took
and pride in their everyday accomplishments. Her friends describe her as
kind" with a vibrant smile and contagious laughter. Brittany was a
full-time student studying
secondary education when she was involved in a
tragic car accident at the age
This scholarship, established by her
family and friends, will insure Brittany's caring and loving spirit will
continue to live on and bring a smile to someone's day as she did in life. Priority is given to an Adams County
non-traditional student going into the healthcare field.
Mary Reinhard Scholarship for Educators
Miss Reinhard, a graduate of Ball
State Teachers College (now known as Ball State University), received her
master's degree in education from Colorado State University. She taught
in Adams county and Allen county for a total of 40 years and was highly
respected by her students. Former students recall her "full and
gracious life service."
The primary intent of this fund is to assist
individuals committed to entering the field of elementary or secondary
education as teachers. This fund is managed by the Wells County Community
Dennis and Sylvia Scheumann Scholarship
and Sylvia Scheumann are the parents of three children (Jason, Joshua,
and Holly) and have seven grandchildren. Original owners of the
Tools, Sylvia has served on the ACCF Scholarship Committee
therefore, they well know the importance of scholarships.
and Sylvia have established this scholarship fund to provide support
local students going into programs primarily for machines trade or
John and Kay Boch Memorial Scholarship
John, a retired Decatur postmaster,
and Kay, owner of the popular 'Kiddie Shop' in downtown Decatur, have been
leaders in the philanthropic giving in Adams County since this fund was
established in 1996. This fund has grown to over $4 million and is
overseen by their nephew, Robert Boch, who directs the investments and
distributions of grants and scholarships. A portion of the money
generated by this fund is awarded to various non-profit organizations in Adams
County. The remaining funds are awarded in the form of scholarships to
benefit youth and OnTrack / Non-Traditional students of Adams County.
OnTrack and Non-Traditional students may renew their scholarships pending