The Panther Pride Foundation for Central Schools recently awarded almost $5,000 to eleven graduating seniors during Central’s annual awards night.

Tara Jennings received the Panther Pride’s 4-year college scholarship for $250. She plans to attend Marquette University this fall. Sarah Dickhut was awarded a $250 PPF 2-year college scholarship. Sarah plans to attend John Wood Community College. Caleb Coggeshall won the John Wood Community College scholarship. He’s getting $250 to help with his studies.

The recipient of the Sherrick Scholarship is Elaine Brady. She gets $200 to help her attend the University of Iowa. The Sherrick Scholarship was the first ever awarded by the foundation in 1997. An endowment from Neal and Anita Sherrick make this annual scholarship possible to help a student who chooses to attend Knox College, Culver Stockton, or the University of Iowa.

The winners of the Lions Club Scholarships are Anna Dickhut and Ashley Buss. Each will receive $500 from a fund established by local Lions Clubs through PPF. Anna will attend MacMurray College in Jacksonville and Ashley is headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Farmers State Bank Scholarship worth $1000 went to Anna Moore. She plans to attend Harding University. The $500 Jason Leffringhouse Memorial Scholarship went to Alex Meyer. He will attend the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jennifer DeMoss and Aaron Gauldin each received $500 through the Eva Balk Memorial scholarship. It’s awarded to Clayton area students. Jennifer plans to attend John Wood Community College and Aaron will go to Western Illinois University.

And the winner of the second annual Bohn-Neilsen math and science scholarship is Travis Loeschen. He received a $500 scholarship for being the top student in math and science during his four years at Central High School. Travis is headed to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Central alum Dr. Thomas Nielsen and his wife, Dr. Kathryn Bohn, established an endowment in 2006 to help students pursue a career in a math or science related field. Drs. Nielsen and Bohn generously contributed more to the scholarship fund this year to continue their commitment to helping Central students pursue academic excellence.

The Panther Pride Foundation and its partners are proud to help Central graduates continue their education. Since 1997, PPF has awarded more than $36,000 in scholarships to 78 Central graduates.

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