Fenwick Lions award $12,000 in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Date Published: 
May 27, 2016

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside a significant percentage of its annual budget in order to recognize the achievements of outstanding seniors at Indian River High School. But, this year, the Lions had a particularly difficult time deciding the recipients, they said, as a result of tight funds and an extraordinary group of applicants.

According to club President Bruce Schoonover, “There never seems to be enough money available to properly reward the candidates, but this year was particularly difficult, because we received resumes from 13 unusually qualified and accomplished applicants and had only set aside $5,000. This forced our Scholarship Committee to go back to the club in order to secure an additional $3,000, and club members and others stepped forward with another $4,000.

“I am very proud of our efforts to recognize the accomplishments of these young people and only wish we were in a position to do more,” he said.

The Scholarship Committee, consisting of Schoonover, chairman John Furlow and Lions Bob Pretty, Sharon Schoonover and Lee Summerville, met with the applicants in late April. In awarding the scholarships, the committee considered academic standing, financial need, community service involvement, extracurricular activities and the applicant’s ability to communicate.

Schoonover and Furlow presented winners of the club’s awards at the annual Indian River High School Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 25.

Receiving the $4,000 scholarship, named to honor Furlow, was Caroline Lingenfelter, daughter of Mike and Joelle Lingenfelter of Selbyville, who will attend Liberty University in the fall, as an education major with a career goal of becoming a teacher.

Brooke Beam, daughter of Mark and Tami Beam of Fenwick Island was awarded a $1,000 scholarship named in honor of the founder of the Fenwick Island Lions Club, Noble Simpson. Beam will attend the University of Richmond, where she hopes to begin a long journey of higher education, with the ultimate career goal of becoming a physician.

Aline Check-Guzman, daughter of Esmerelda Garcia Guzman of Frankford, received a $1,000 scholarship named in memory of Skip and Ce Higgins, a longtime member of the club and his wife. Check-Guzman plans on attending Wesley College in the fall, where she will pursue her interests in both psychology and Spanish.

A $1,000 scholarship in memory of Keith Pretty was awarded to Gunnar Moldrik, son of Laura Cook of Ocean View. This fall, Moldrik will begin his studies at the Citadel in South Carolina. He will specialize in the sciences, with a goal of becoming a Marine officer specializing in cyber-security.

A $1,000 scholarship was given to John Douds, son of John and Andrea Douds of Selbyville. Douds has been ranked first academically in his class throughout high school, is an Eagle Scout, and this fall will enter the University of Delaware, with a career goal of becoming a physician.

Emma Engel, daughter of Robert and Christina Engel of Selbyville, received a $1,000 scholarship. She will begin her studies at Loyola University and, while keeping her options open, she ultimately wants to work with children.

Madison McCabe, daughter of Kyle and Wendy McCabe of Frankford, received a $1,000 scholarship and will be traveling to the West Coast this fall, where she will begin her studies at the University of San Diego, with an ultimate goal of becoming a veterinarian specializing in marine mammals.

Receiving a $1,000 scholarship was Madison Mercer, daughter of Michael and Sandra Mercer of Selbyville. This fall, Mercer will begin her studies at Nova Southeastern University. She has already become a certified nursing assistant and will pursue studies to become a registered nurse, with aspirations of one day becoming a physician.

A $500 scholarship was presented to Katherine Whaley, daughter of Chris and Ann Whaley (and twin sister of Mary Whaley) of Ocean View. Whaley will be entering Carin University this fall, where she will further her education and her desire to ultimately enter a field that can benefit from her desire to help children and the less fortunate.

Also receiving a $500 scholarship was Mary Whaley, daughter of Chris and Ann Whaley (and twin sister of Katherine Whaley) of Ocean View. This fall, Mary Whaley will enter Eastern University of Pennsylvania and, like her sister, has a desire to help children and the less fortunate, aiming for a career in social work.