10 county students earn H.E.L.P. scholarships


Recipients of 2013 H.E.L.P. scholarships are (front row from left) Heidi Blocker, Stephanie Gray, Amanda Satchwill, Nicole Shaw and Colin McIntyre; and (back row from left) Steven Freck, Olivia Ely and Kayla Koch. Photo provided.

Ten Huntington County students have been awarded $1,500 in H.E.L.P. Inc. for Disabled Citizens scholarships for the upcoming school year. One student has been awarded $750 for her final semester.

Colin McIntire and Zachery Shearer each received the John Decker Memorial Scholarship in memory of Board Member John Decker. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in post-high school studies who has a qualifying disability.

McIntire, son of Joe and Denise McIntire, will be a junior at Ball State University majoring in computer science. His goal is to be a computer programmer.

Shearer, son of Gregory and Julie Shearer, will be a freshman and his major area of study is business administration/management. His goal is to expand his dog kennel business he has run for eight years and further his knowledge to operate it better.

Olivia Ely received the Jane Nes Memorial Scholarship in memory of Board Member and Caseworker Jane Nes. This scholarship is awarded to a nursing student who intends to become a registered nurse.

Ely, the daughter of Dennis and Michelle Ely, will be a freshman in college and working toward a registered nurse degree, specializing in pediatrics.

Seven general H.E.L.P. scholarships were awarded to Heidi Blocker, Steven Freck, Stephanie Gray, Stacy Jena, Kayla Koch, Amanda Satchwill and Nicole Shaw. These scholarships were awarded to students who are working toward degrees in special health care fields.

Blocker, daughter of David and Beth Blocker, will be a senior at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. She plans to get a degree in nursing and her goal is to become a medical surgical nurse.

Freck, son of Greg and Melissa Freck, will be a sophomore at the University of Indianapolis working toward a degree in social work. His goal is to work in the geriatric field and work in nursing homes or adult day care centers.

Stephanie Gray, daughter of Steve and Cindy Gray, will begin working on her Masters at Ball State University and is majoring in speech language pathology and audiology. Her goal is to work in a clinic or hospital with any client with a speech or swallowing disorder.

Jena, daughter of Jeanette Jena, will continue her graduate studies at Illinois University in DeKalb, IL, majoring in orientation and mobility. Her goal is to work with the visually impaired as an orientation and mobility specialist.

Koch, daughter of John and Joy Koch, will be a sophomore at Michigan State University, majoring in kinesiology. Her goal is to work in schools as a pediatric and physical therapist.

Satchwill, daughter of James and Lori Satchwill, will continue her graduate studies at Ball State University. Her major is Master of Arts in applied behavior analysis. Her goal is to work with the autism spectrum as a licensed behavior analyst.

Shaw, daughter of Susan Denman and Todd Shaw, will continue her graduate studies at the University of Saint Francis, planning to get a Master of Science in nursing as a family nurse practitioner. Her goal is to have the dual position of registered nurse and also work with other medical professionals as a nurse practitioner.

A scholarship banquet was held on May 21 at the Huntington Theater Club to honor these students and their parents.

H.E.L.P. Inc. of Huntington County serves residents by providing services, assistance, equipment and financial aid to disabled individuals, students pursuing careers in helping fields and programs to detect and rehabilitate disabilities in children.

Complete caption: Recipients of 2013 H.E.L.P. scholarships are (front row from left) Heidi Blocker, Stephanie Gray, Amanda Satchwill, Nicole Shaw and Colin McIntyre; and (back row from left) Steven Freck, Olivia Ely and Kayla Koch. Not pictured are Stacy Jena and Zachery Shearer.