Nine Burst Scholarships awarded

Scholarship recipients were (front frow from left) Megan Huber, Melissa Meneses, Sidney Lecher; (back row) Jenna Ertel, Allie Andrews, Grace Tonges, Heidi Shaw and (not pictured) Lydia Gigrich and Isabella Stange.

2019 marks the 20th year that the Fran and Jean Burst Educational Foundation has awarded scholarships to local college students.

This year a total of $45,000 in scholarships were awarded to nine young women.

Grace Tonges is the daughter of James and Amy Tonges, Batesville. She plans to study English education at Ball State University.

Isabella Stange, the daughter of Christopher and Karen Stange, is a junior at Hanover College studying communication, sociology and business.

Heidi Shaw, a senior nursing student at Purdue University, is the daughter of Steve and Amy Shaw.

Melissa Meneses, daughter of Pablo Meneses and Maria Alvarez, is a sophomore at the University of Indianapolis studying nursing and Spanish

Sydney Lecher, the daughter of Barry and Peggy Lecher, is a junior at BSU and a preaudiology major.

Megan Huber is a sophomore studying psychology and preoccupational therapy at the University of Indianapolis. She is the daughter of Thomas and Jacqueline Huber.

Lydia Gigrich is a 2019 graduate of Oldenburg Academy who plans to study nursing at Purdue. She is the daughter of Todd and Susan Gigrich.

Jenna Ertel, the daughter of Kenneth and Patricia Ertel, is a 2019 Batesville High School graduate who plans to study biology/premed at Indiana University.

Allison Andrews will study English and secondary education at Hanover College. This 2019 BHS grad is the daughter of Todd Andrews and Melinda Meyer.

These scholars and their parents were recognized at a reception held at The Sherman July 25. Shaw spoke to the recipients and their families about how helpful the funds have been in helping her to reach her goals. She was especially appreciative to selection committee members who had confidence in her and saw her potential. The speaker said she believes the scholarships allowed her to have summer jobs that helped her prepare for a career in nursing.

The Burst Foundation has awarded a total of $315,000 to area Oldenburg Academy and Batesville High School graduates since 2000. The foundation was created to provide college or technical education assistance for BHS and OA graduates who live within the Batesville school district.

Youth who are interested in attending Culver Academy may also apply for scholarships. Applications are made available each spring through the schools’ guidance offices. Scholarship information is also available on the BHS website. Applications are due May 1.

Persons with questions may contact Nancy Narwold at 812-212-1074 or

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