IR Alumni award nearly $12,000 in scholarships

This month, Indian River High School Alumni Association was proud to award an all-time high of 13 scholarships to students of all ages.

A total of $11,850 was presented to college students and to recent high school graduates at the June 12 Alumni meeting.

Ten recent grads won the $1,000 IR Pride Scholarship; three alumni won the $500 IR Pride Scholarships for Current Alumni; and one grad won a special memorial scholarship of $1,350.

The award celebrates school spirit, beyond the usual academics or athletics.

These winners have made IR a better place, through their smarts, skills and their positive actions to improve other students’ experiences, too.

Graduating senior winners of $1,000 were Paige Troublefield, Samantha “Sami” Mumford, Patrick Mochiam, Griffin McCormick, John Keller, Alexis “Lexi” Haden, Lindsey Grow, Margaret “Maggie” Ford and David Clark.

College-level winners of $500 were Elizabeth “Betsy” Dupont Bare, John Douds Jr. and Melissa Woody.

The Marla Banks Daisey Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a former president of the Alumni Association, Class of 1976, who passed away last year. The $1,350 scholarship was presented to senior Saray Lopez, whose interests (a business management major, with experience in athletics, health sciences and foreign Language Activities Group) mirrored Marla’s own pursuits.

Scholarships are only made possible by the generosity of the community at the 5th Annual Beef & Brew event, hosted every April.

The Alumni thank major sponsors of Avery Hall Insurance, Banks Wine & Spirits, Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Gray’s Towing Service and Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS). They also thank the many businesses and individuals who donate auction items, alumni who buy tickets and guests who enthusiastically bid at each auction.

The scholarship season opens each spring, for both twelfth-graders and alumni of any age pursuing any level of degree. In five years, the Alumni have given $31,500 in scholarships and are excited to give more.

“As seniors get ready to graduate, they don’t lose their green and gold. They don’t lose their ability to be Indian River High School students. What they do gain through is to become Indian River High School Alumni,” Principal E. Bennett Murray IV had told the seniors earlier this year.

The Indian River High School Alumni Association nonprofit formed in 2012 to connect alumni, while supporting and promoting IRHS. They meet monthly and always welcomes new members.

Other Alumni programs include facilitation of the IRHS outdoor sign, a new staff recognition program at IR and facilitation of the school’s annual Hall of Fame induction.

For the next alumni project, the community will soon see a new entrance sign at the student entrance near the football stadium.

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The local community helped Indian River High School Alumni Association award 13 scholarships to Alumni of all ages, including (from left) Lindsey Grow, Saray Lopez, Patrick Mochiam, John Keller, David Clark, Paige Troublefield, Melissa Woody, Margaret “Maggie” Ford and John Douds Jr. Not pictured: Elizabeth “Betsy” Dupont Bare, Alexis “Lexi” Haden, Griffin McCormick and Samantha “Sami” Mumford.

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