IR students and alumni win $10,000 in alumni scholarships
This year, 10 students of all ages won college scholarships from the Indian River High School Alumni Association.
The group far surpassed their original goal of awarding four IR Pride Scholarships, which were presented to college students and to recent high school graduates at their Aug. 1 meeting.
Five recent grads won the $1,000 IR Pride Scholarship; four alumni won the $500 IR Pride Scholarships for Current Alumni; and one grad won a special memorial scholarship of $3,150.
The award celebrates school spirit, beyond the usual academics or athletics.
“These winners have made IR a better place, through their smarts, skills and their positive actions to improve other students’ experiences, too,” representatives noted.
Graduating senior winners of $1,000 were Emma Engel, Cameron Goff, Sarah King, Madison McCabe and Gunnar Moldrik.
College-level winners of $500 were Kayla (Warrington) Bollinger, Abigail Buchler, Taite Daisey and Brandon Williams.
The Marla Banks Daisey Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a former president of the alumni association, part of the Class of 1976, who passed away this year. The $3,150 scholarship was presented to Caroline Lingenfelter, whose goals of studying education, with a focus on the Spanish language, mirrored Daisy’s own pursuits.
Representatives noted that the scholarships are only made possible by the generosity of the community at the annual Beef & Brew event, hosted every April.
“The Alumni thank major sponsors of Frankford Fire Hall, Banks Wine & Spirits and WSFS. They also thank the many businesses and individuals who donate auction items, alumni who buy tickets and guests who enthusiastically bid at each auction,” they said.
The scholarship season opens each spring. Applications are due in April for high-schoolers and in June for alumni of any age already attending any level of higher education.
The Indian River High School Alumni Association nonprofit formed in 2012 to connect alumni while supporting and promoting IRHS. They meet monthly and welcome new members. Alumni, parents and friends of the school can join for free online. Other Alumni programs include facilitation of the new IRHS outdoor sign and a new teacher recognition program at IR.