South Coastal AARP awards scholarships to Furman, O’Shields


The road to college recently became a little easier for two Indian River High School (IRHS) graduates. The South Coastal Delaware Chapter AARP (the American Association of Retired Persons) awarded Grace Furman and Abigail O’Shields each a $1,500 scholarship. The winners were announced at the senior awards ceremony at the school in May, and the AARP chapter honored the students at its June meeting.

“Furman exceled both academically and musically in high school,” chapter representatives said. “She is a member of the National Honor Society and the first musician to be selected for Delaware’s All-State Chorus for six consecutive years. She sang in the 13-state All Eastern Treble Choir and played clarinet and drums in the concert and marching bands at IRHS. She plans to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., to major in music and minor in pre-law studies. Her goal is to become a lawyer in the music industry.”

“O’Shields was an academic and athletic star at IRHS,” they noted. “She was named a Secretary of Education Scholar and is a member of the National Honor Society. She was captain of the varsity softball team, she was named an all-conference pitcher, and she will play softball in college. She was selected by the faculty for Girls State, where she actively learned about Delaware state government. She plans to major in applied physics at West Virginia Wesleyan University in Buckhannon, W.Va. After college, she intends to pursue an advanced degree in aeronautical engineering.”

AARP holds two fundraisers each year to support its scholarship fund, including the Artisans Fair held on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend at Lord Baltimore Elementary School. A dine-and-donate with basket auction event will be held in November. The place and date will be announced in the early fall.

“This year’s Artisans Fair was a huge success for the scholarship fund as well as for the artisans and the community,” organizers noted. “Volunteer efforts and generous donations from AARP members help fund scholarships for both IRHS students and adult students at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown.”