Recipients of 2019 Batesville Community Education Foundation scholarships to Batesville High School graduates have been announced. These scholarship awards total $18,500, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the family of BHS alumnus Sgt. Chad Keith, who was killed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a new scholarship was established this year. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Caleb Raab.

The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from money donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with postsecondary expenses. Hope Flaspohler, Monica Gerstbauer and Grace Lamping each were given a $1,000 scholarship.

BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial one. Fritsch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing postsecondary study. This year’s recipients were Ashlyn Czerniak, Daniel Gutzwiller and Trey Heidlage.

The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students. More information may be found online at or by calling Wilson at 812-934-2194.