For the second straight year, KiCam Projects publisher Lori Highlander has been part of the committee to award the Purdy-Games Memorial Scholarship to graduates of her alma mater, Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington (Ohio) High School.
The scholarship was created through a bequest of $1 million left by Highlander’s stepfather, Jay Purdy.
Corey Germann, Shallyn Mussinan and Maranda Thompson each won a $7,500 scholarship, empowering them to achieve their dreams of obtaining a college education.
And two 2018 recipients, Whitney King and Kamri-Beth Offutt, had their scholarships renewed for $7,500 each.
“It makes me so happy to see young people working to better themselves, so it’s an honor to be part of this process,” Highlander said. “Jay was such a generous man. I know it would put a smile on his face to see how he’s changing the lives of these outstanding, driven students.”
Purdy was a lifelong Ripley resident who passed away Feb. 17, 2017. The scholarship is named in honor of Jay Purdy; his uncle, Lloyd Purdy; and his mother, Helen Games, who was an elementary teacher in Ripley.
Scholarship winners were selected based on multiple criteria, including academic performance and grade-point average, ACT score, extracurricular activities, employment history, financial need and the strength of a written essay.
Applications and requirement information for 2020 scholarships are available through RULH counselor Jasmine Osman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners who continue to meet the requirements can renew the scholarship each year for four years.