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Scholarship Recipients Announced

Charitable foundation awards scholarships

ELLSWORTH, Kan.— The Smoky Hills Charitable Foundation has awarded over $15,000 in scholarships to area students for the upcoming academic year.

  • The Caryle Jean Bender Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Hannah Wilson, Grant Gwinner and Jordyn Coonrod, all of Ellsworth, each received a $876 scholarship.
  • The Charles and Velma Westerman Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Rachel Sebesta, Wilson, and Kelsey Ashbaugh, Kanopolis, each received a $1,000 scholarship. Adam Vehring and Jordyn Coonrod, both of Ellsworth, each received a $726 scholarship.
  • The Dawn L. Pruitt Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Micah Bolton, Ellsworth, and Teagon Nienke, Lorraine, each received a $600 scholarship.
  • The Eleanor Hunter Scholarship is for seniors graduating from Wilson High School. Garrett Thielen, Dorrance, and Camryn Eberhart, Wilson, each received a $900 scholarship.
  • The Fran Malir Memorial Scholarship is for seniors graduating from Wilson High School. Garrett Thielen, Dorrance, and Kamdyn Thrasher, Wilson, each received a $350 scholarship.
  • The Geraldine L. Anschutz Memorial Scholarship is for seniors graduating from Wilson High School. Garrett Thielen, Dorrance, and Cooper Weinhold, Wilson, each received a $400 scholarship.
  • The Jack R. Janousek Memorial Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and graduates of Ellsworth High School. Jordyn Coonrod, Ellsworth, received a $403 scholarship. Hannah Wilson, Ellsworth, received a $250 scholarship.
  • The Lila Jean (Warta) Young Memorial Scholarship is for graduating Ellsworth High School seniors planning to go into a medical profession. Shaylee Leiker, Ellsworth, received a $1,500 scholarship.
  • The Mary Hanzlicek Memorial Scholarship is for graduating Wilson High School seniors who are members of Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church and attend CCD and CYO. Cooper Weinhold, Wilson, received a $3,000 scholarship.

The foundation is home to nine scholarship funds, which were established by area donors to support students pursuing higher education. More information about the scholarship program can be found at www.smokyhillscf.org/scholarships.