Area students awarded Jim and Nancy Breiner Family scholarships

The Huntington County Community Foundation announces Chelsea Boyer, Savannah Brown, Kaytee Cotant, Melanie Gradeless, Claire Harvey, Gillian Hughes, Kristina Parker, Samantha Rochelle Smith and Tabi Smith as recipients of 2019 James and Nancy Breiner Family Scholarships totaling $750 each.

Boyer, a graduating senior from Huntington North High School, will attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis majoring in marketing with a minor in education. She is the daughter of Ann Hinen-Boyer and Dennis Boyer, of Roanoke. A 14-year member of Girl Scouts, her extracurricular activities include Environmental Club, running cross-country, Ecology Project International, Student Council, Yuda Bands, Art Club and peer tutoring. She volunteers with Girl Scouts, Advise-Her mentoring, Tipton House and the HNHS Riley Dance Marathon.

Brown, a rising sophomore at Purdue University, is majoring in public health with a minor in Spanish for the professions. She is the daughter of Yvonne and Jeffery Brown, of Huntington. At Purdue, she is involved in conducting public health research and the Purdue Health and Human Science Mentor Program. Her volunteer activities include Waggin Tails 4-H Dog Club and SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Cotant is a rising sophomore at Ball State University majoring in earth and space science education with a minor in Spanish. She is the daughter of Mechelle and Kevin Cotant, of Huntington. At college, Cotant is involved in the BSU Geological Society and BSU Odyssey. She volunteers as a photographer’s assistant at Portraits by Mechelle and an assistant coach in the Warren Baseball and Softball League.

Gradeless is a rising junior at Ball State University majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Mary and Clint Gradeless, of Huntington. At college, Gradeless is involved in the BSU Riley Dance Marathon, Hazelwood Christian Preschool and the Living Learning Community. She also volunteers to wrap gifts for less fortunate children through Angel Tree.

Harvey, a rising senior at Huntington University, is majoring in English literature, writing, ancient history and religions with a minor in teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). She is the daughter of Sarah Harvey, of Huntington, and the late Bret Harvey. At HU, Harvey is involved in Alpha Chi, academic conferences, fitness and wellness and international student aid. She also serves as an international student academic liaison.

Hughes, a rising junior at DePauw University, is majoring in chemistry and computer science. She is the daughter of Valerie and John Hughes, of Huntington. At DePauw, Hughes is a first-year resident assistant, a science research fellow, an information technology associate, a writing center tutor and the web editor for The DePauw. She volunteers for Hour of Code, Academic Resource Center, Tiger Catholic, College Mentors for Kids, Women in Computer Science and the humane society.

Parker, a graduating senior from Huntington North, will attend Grace College and Theological Seminary majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Tina Parker, of Huntington. Her career goal is to teach stateside while studying TESOL and then traveling to South Korea to teach students English. She achieved perfect attendance for all 12 years at HCCSC. Her volunteer work through the Boys & Girls Club has included soup kitchen, holiday parties, trash pickup in the community and babysitting young children while their parents went out for Valentine’s Day.

Samantha Smith, a graduating senior from Huntington North, will attend Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis majoring in nursing with a minor in ASL. A member of the National Honor Society, during her HNHS years she has been involved in concert band, marching band, drama, FFA and yearbook. She has been instrumental in her church as a VBS leader for several years and as a preschool teacher on Sundays.

Tabitha Smith is a rising sophomore at Indiana University majoring in elementary education with a concentration in math. She is the daughter of Rachel and Brent Smith, of Markle. Her extracurricular and volunteer activities include mission trips, Relay for Life, Karing for Kids and being a student leader in youth group at Markle Church of Christ.

Jim & Nancy Breiner established the Breiner Scholarship. It is awarded to a Huntington North or Northfield High School graduate with priority going to an education major, although other majors will be considered.