FI Lions award $15K in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside, as part of their annual budget, funds to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding seniors of Indian River High School.

“To choose the recipients of the scholarships is always a challenge because of the extraordinary accomplishments of the students,” representatives said. “The club is very proud of these young people and continually seeks to obtain additional funds to award to these fine students.”

Funds are raised by the club in various community activities, such as the pancake breakfast at Harpoon Hanna’s and the annual spaghetti dinner at Warren’s Station.

“Through the generosity of club members, scholarships are also given in honor or memory of loved ones,” they noted.

The Scholarship Committee, consisting of Lions Lee Summerville, chair; Sharon Schoonover; Pat Guy; Donna Carotenuto; Tom St. Clair; and Carolyn Pierce, interviewed the applicants. In awarding the scholarships the committee considered academic standing, financial need, community service, extracurricular activities and the applicant’s ability to communicate.

The scholarships were awarded during Indian River High School’s award ceremony, held on May 22.

Receiving the $4,000 Lion John Furlow (longtime former chair of the scholarship committee) memorial scholarship is Grace Furman. She was in the all-state chorus, Leo Club and plans a career in music management.

Receiving the $2,000 Joel Bastow STEM scholarship is Michael Barnes who was a member of the swim and volleyball teams, and plans a career in finance and has an interest in meteorology.

Receiving the $1,500 Lion Luke Martin Award is Lekyra Johnson. Active in the marching band, she has plans to become a nurse.

Receiving the Lion Jean Bertram memorial $1,000 scholarships are Brooke Weaver and Allison Douds. Weaver has an interest in marketing and photography, and Douds has an interest in neuroscience forensics. Both were very active members of the Leo Club, they noted.

Receiving the Lion Robert Pretty memorial $1,000 scholarships are Katelyn Timmons, who will pursue a degree in finance, and Abigail O’Shields, who plans a career in aeronautical engineering.

Receiving the Lion Bruce Schoonover memorial $1,000 scholarship is Taylor Waters, who plans to pursue a degree in occupational therapy.

Receiving the Lion Noble Simpson (founder and past district governor) memorial $1,000 scholarship is Katelyn Krieser, who aspires to become a physician assistant.

Receiving the Lion Lee Summerville $500 scholarship is Grace Engel, “who was an outstanding soccer player” and has an interest in the dental field.

Receiving the Fenwick Island Lions Club $500 scholarships are Lauren Grow, who was an active Leo Club member and aspires to a career in criminal justice, and Luke Morgan, who was an active member of the soccer and golf teams and will be pursuing a degree in finance.