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RCACF Announces 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Russell County Area Community Foundation LogoThis year, the Russell County Area Community Foundation (RCACF) announced $153,550 in scholarships awarded through the Foundation to area students.

Every year, the need for scholarships is greater than the available resources. As tuition continues to rise, support of scholarships becomes even more important. RCACF administers 10 different scholarship funds.

These scholarships were established by donors who believe in the youth of our area and want to support their pursuit of higher education.

The Sean Paul Banks Memorial Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School who are involved in sports their senior year and maintain high academic standards. The recipients of a $450 scholarship each are Travis Ochs and Delainey Pospichal.

The Adolph Boehler Student Aid Fund is for students graduating from Russell High School. Recipients of $500 scholarships are Tanner Brown, Caitlyn Hammack, Erica Murphy and Jordyn Wagner.

The Doran and Bina Dole Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School. Alexia Charbonneau received a renewable $2,500 scholarship. Hannah Poche received a $2,500 scholarship.

The Kenneth V. Dumler Memorial Aid Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School. Sheila Gulick received a $600 scholarship.

The Joshua Scholarship is for students up to age 30 who are graduates from a high school in Russell County. This scholarship is a permanent endowment of several million dollars created by Dr. Starr F. Schlobohm, who desired to share his success in the oil and gas business with the Russell County area. Annual gifts from his education trust will help the scholarship fund grow to significant levels, including Dr. Schlobohm's most recent gift of $255,000. A percentage of the fund is allocated annually to scholarships. Wyatt Boomhower and Seth Boxberger each received $10,000 scholarships. Twenty-five students received a $4,500 scholarship, including Brandon Bachar, Taelyr Blehm, Zachary Boxberger, Matthew Burhle, Daisi Brand, Bailey Dollison, Seth Gruber, Cameron Kilian, Clayton Moubry, Jordan Moubry, Gage Nichols, Taylor Ochs, Travis Ochs, Delainey Pospichal, Chantal Prester, Alexandra Ptacek, Samantha Ptacek, Eric Rourke, Kelli Rourke, Kyle Rourke, Tyson Schmidtberger, Angeleah Stierlen, Lena Wedel, Samantha Wedel and Alex Windholz.

The Murphy Memorial Scholarship is for high school seniors living in areas served by the following school districts: USD 299, 392, 399, 407 and 432. Cameron Kilian and Austin Murphy each received a $325 scholarship.

The David Ochs Memorial Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School. Maci Clark received a $1,150 scholarship.

The Pohlman Family Scholarship is for students graduating from USD 407 or USD 399. Recipients of a $500 scholarship each are Caitlyn Hammack and Austin Murphy.

The Paul E. Ruggels Memorial Scholarship is for college students who have graduated from Russell High School or Natoma High School, with preference to students pursuing a degree in a health care related field. Receiving $825 scholarships are Kourtney Grafel and Kaitlyn Walker.

The Ervin and Denzell Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship is for students graduating from Russell High School who intend to obtain a degree in education or agriculture. Caleigh Befort and Alaina Gfellar received $300 each.

For more information, please call Angie Muller, RCACF Executive Director, at 785-445-3611 or visit www.rcacf.net.

(Information courtesy RCACF.)

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