Community Foundation awards more than $30,000 in scholarships to 17 area students

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Students receiving scholarships from the Community Foundation are, top row from left, Lowell Sparrow, Ashley Kaylor and Faith Harrison; second row, Luke Mettemeyer, Caleb Juette and Kaiser Greenwell; third row, Augustine Mahsman, Megan Howell and Luke Chevalier; fourth row, Kayla Maguire, Alexia Holt and Keaton Boltz. | Photo courtesy of Kaylee McFarland

QUINCY — Seventeen area students pursuing higher education and a local teacher have been awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships and recognition awards from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

Recipients of the scholarships, most of which come from permanently endowed funds at the Community Foundation, will receive financial support towards the accredited post-secondary institution they are attending in the 2022-23 school year.

One fund also provides a teacher recognition award and grant to provide classroom resources. Each scholarship fund has its own criteria representing the donor’s or honoree’s interests or legacy. Most of the scholarships are endowed, which means a portion of the earnings of each fund is reinvested for continued growth, providing future scholarships and awards to deserving students.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Katherine Hogge, a student at Quincy University, and Megan Howell, a student at Quincy University. They received the Amelia E. Bauner, Frances A. Hall, and Walter J. Hall Scholarship, which annually provides a scholarship to aid in the payment of tuition to students residing in Adams County and who are enrolled at Quincy University pursuing a degree in education. Bauner, a retired teacher with a continuous service record of 44 years in the Quincy Public Schools, died May 2008 at the age of 99.
  • Leah Dorothy, a graduate of John Wood Community College, and Lowell Sparrow, a graduate of John Wood Community College, received the George & Sharen Borrowman Agriculture Scholarship, which provides one or more scholarships for a former student or graduate of John Wood Community College entering his or her junior or senior year at an accredited college or university pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major in an agricultural-related field. Sharen Borrowman established this scholarship in memory of her husband, George, who died in 2009. George was a third generation farmer in Pike County, Ill. Dorothy will attend Western Illinois University for veterinary studies. Sparrow will attend Illinois College to study agriculture.
  • Luke Mettemeyer, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the Becky Swisher Crowe Memorial Scholarship, which provides a scholarship at an accredited two-year or four-year institution for a Quincy High School senior intending to pursue a degree in education. Crowe taught at Quincy Junior High School and Quincy Senior High School. She was killed March 9, 1979 in an automobile accident on her way to work. Her colleagues immediately set up a scholarship in her name. The scholarship was transferred to the Community Foundation in 2006 to ensure Crowe’s name and legacy endured. Mettemeyer will attend Danville Area Community College and major in physical education.
  • Kaiser Greenwell, a graduate of Hannibal High School, received the Hannibal High School Class of 1955 Scholarship, which provides a scholarship to a Hannibal High School graduate who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, fees and/or books, and related expenses. At its 50th reunion, two members of the Hannibal High School Class of 1955 challenged others to establish a scholarship to give back to the community and school that were so important to them during their formative years. Forty-six members made founding gifts to establish this scholarship fund. Greenwell will attend University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg to study construction management.
  • Kayla Maguire, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the F. Lee & Joan Kammerlohr Family Scholarship, which was established in 2021 in honor of Joan Kammerlohr’s dedication to education. She spent 39 years as an elementary teacher in Wisconsin, Singapore, and Quincy. The scholarship is awarded to a Quincy High School graduating senior who intends to pursue a teaching career, through an accredited two-year or four-year post-secondary institution, with a preference for elementary education. Based on academic achievement, merit, financial need, and good citizenship, the scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years. Maguire will attend John Wood Community College to study elementary education.
  • Faith Harrison, a graduate of Western High School, received the Dorothy J. Motley Memorial Scholarship, which was established as part of Motley’s will to assist a Barry High School student attending college. The scholarship for a graduate of the former Barry, now Western High School and helps with expenses for attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Harrison will attend University of Kansas in the fall to study nursing.
  • Alexia Holt, a graduate of Canton High School, and Ashley Kaylor, a graduate of Highland High School, received scholarships from the Ben C. and Etta M. Plank Memorial Fund, which was established by Dorothy Plank in honor of her parents through her trust. The scholarship is for students graduating from Canton High School or Highland High School (Lewis County, Missouri) to help fund college tuition. The endowed fund will continue to provide support for students continuing their education for years to come. Holt will attend Truman State University to study business administration. Kaylor will attend Maryville University to study nursing.
  • Luke Chevalier, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the Quincy High School Class of 1957 Scholarship, which provides one or more scholarships to a Quincy High School graduate who will be attending an accredited, four-year post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, fees and/or books and related expenses. The scholarship was initiated with a gift from Dr. John E. Sallstrom to commemorate the 50th reunion of the QHS Class of 1957. Chevalier will attend University of Missouri and major in biological sciences.
  • Caleb Juette, a graduate of Palmyra Senior High School, received a scholarship from the Teresa Lynn Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established with memorials and donations made following Thompson’s death in May 2004. The scholarship assists a Palmyra High School student attending a post-secondary school. Juette will attend University of Missouri to study mechanical engineering.
  • Augustine Mahsman, a graduate of Palmyra High School, Hope Hudson, a graduate of Palmyra High School, and Kinsey Tiemann, a graduate of Palmyra High School, received scholarships from the Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund, established in 2012 by Vannice’s wife, Joyce, and their family, to honor his legacy of agricultural leadership. The family endowed a scholarship for the further education of Palmyra FFA students who show outstanding leadership qualities and seek to enter agricultural careers. Vannice was a 10th generation farmer who learned the skills of leadership through his experiences in the Palmyra FFA Chapter. His beliefs in his community and in agriculture were expressed as he served on numerous committees and boards throughout his farming career. Mahsman will attend Benedictine College to study engineering. Hudson, who is receiving the scholarship for the third year, attends University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in agronomy. Tiemann, who is receiving the scholarship for the fourth year, attends Western Illinois University and majors in agribusiness.
  • Jacob Webster, a graduate of Palmyra Senior High School, renewed a scholarship from the Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund for his second year. He attends University of Nebraska-Lincoln and majors in management.
  • Keaton Boltz, a graduate of Canton High School, received the Tom and Judy Zenge Fund Scholarship, established in 2006 with the Community Foundation to provide annual scholarship and teacher recognition awards at Canton High School. The student scholarship recipient recommends selection of the teacher award recipient. The primary consideration is for the teacher who has been most influential in helping the student to achieve academic success. The fund encourages young men and women to enter technical careers, whether engineering, research, teaching, manufacturing or other related fields. The teacher award recognizes a teacher who continues to make learning a lifelong passion. Boltz will attend Quincy University to study aviation.
  • Clint Smith, a social studies teacher at Canton High School, received the Tom and Judy Zenge Fund Teacher Recognition Award. With the award, Smith will buy a television that will allow students to keep up with events and news during their lunch period in either the cafeteria or a new commons area.

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities. It has made more than $12 million in grants since 1997. It serves 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike in Illinois, and Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe in Missouri.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email info@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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