By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer
Every year, members of the OOIDA Mary Johnson Scholarship Committee pour through countless scholarship applications to find the top five scholarship winners. This task isn’t taken lightly by committee members, because they believe all applicants are deserving of recognition for their accomplishments.
This year the committee selected:
Jobie Debrick of Paola, KS, as this year’s 2013-2014 scholarship winner. He receives a $2,000 scholarship for his first year of school, which he can renew for another three years for a total of $8,000. He is the son of OOIDA Member Kevin Debrick from Paola, KS. He is attending Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, KS, majoring in Bible ministry and business administration.
The committee also awarded four $1,000 scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year.
Trevor Bollinger of Dighton, KS, was awarded one of the $1,000 scholarships. He is the son of OOIDA Senior Member Dan Bollinger. Trevor has been accepted at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, where he plans to study criminal justice with minors in leadership studies and computer technology.
Dustin Perkins of Faxon, OK, was also selected for one of the $1,000 awards. He is the son of OOIDA Member Donald Perkins. Dustin has been accepted by Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, as a pre-veterinary major where he will be studying animal science.
Danielle Schwartz of West Chazy, NY, was awarded one of the $1,000 scholarships. She is the daughter of OOIDA Member Stephen Schwartz. She plans to attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and plans to be a biology and pre-med major.
Brittanie Schuette of Richmond, MO, is also a $1,000 winner. She is the stepdaughter of OOIDA Member Eric Allwood, and is currently attending Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, majoring in natural resources.
All four of the $1,000 winners can renew their scholarships for up to four years.
Kenton Cornell Hipsher is this year’s runner-up winner. He is the son of OOIDA Member Wendell Hipsher from Indianapolis, IN. He plans to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, majoring in applied biology.
Shell Rotella donated $10,000 to the scholarship fund for the fourth straight year. Todd Spencer, executive vice president for OOIDA, and Andrew King of the OOIDA Foundation accepted the check from Dave Waterman, marketing manager for Shell Rotella during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, in March.
The scholarship fund also received a $10,000 donation from Joanne Palladino of Laurel Springs, NJ, longtime companion of the late Robert E. Driscoll Jr. Driscoll served on the OOIDA Board of Directors and as the Association’s general vice president before he passed away from colon cancer in 2003. LL