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Chesterton-Porter Rotary announces scholarships

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The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club has a long tradition of awarding scholarships to Duneland students in pursuit of furthering their education. This year the Club awarded five, $1500 scholarships each named for an influential rotary club member, one who exemplified our motto of service above self throughout their personal and professional life.

Hannah Stewart is the recipient of the Warren Canright Scholarship. Stewart plans to study nursing at St. Mary’s College with the goal of becoming a labor and delivery nurse. Her service work includes volunteering with Educational Helpers where she raised money to provide children with school supplies. She embraced helping others throughout high school by participating in the Natural Helpers program. “My passion is helping others. I want to make a lasting impact on the community while helping as many people as I can,” Stewart says, “Helping others has made me the best version of myself that I can be.”

Named for Warren H. Canright this scholarship is for a student seeking a degree in any field. Canright began working at the Chesterton Tribune part-time as a teenager on the letterpress, which led to a 65 year career as reporter, printer, editor and publisher. Warren graduated from Chesterton High School in 1944. For his athletic accomplishments and in recognition of the Tribune’s decades-long support of CHS boys and girls sports, he was inducted into the Chesterton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a lifelong supporter of public schools and an advocate of the Duneland community, helping to publicize numerous service organizations, youth sports leagues and church groups. For his many years of dedicated service to the Duneland Community, both as a professional and volunteer leader, this scholarship was named in his honor.

Ryan Herr is the recipient of the William “Bill” Charmichael Scholarship. Herr plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University with the goal of working in the design and production of automobiles. He plans to continue his education and earn his Master’s degree taking night classes while working. His service work includes tending a garden along side his mother that provided for his church’s food pantry while in middle school. When all his friends were playing outside or watching TV, he was weeding, trimming plants, and harvesting the vegetables. Herr said, “Service is not always the easiest or most fun thing to do. However, when I am older and I reflect on my life, I will look back on those grueling hours of gardening and see that this moments of service were what truly made me happy.”

Named for William “Bill” Charmichael this scholarship is for a student seeking a degree in any field. Charmichael, a Chesterton resident and Rotarian, dedicated his life to community service through Porter County politics for more than 30 years. He graduated from Chesterton High School in 1949. He served 12 years as an at-large member of the Porter County Council and 16 years as North Porter County Commissioner. As a Porter County Council member during his three terms, Carmichael often championed county funding for social service programs and court programs assisting juveniles. His interest in the well-being of the community goes back for decades. Bill was also a founding member of the local YMCA, and was called “one of the community’s young men most responsible for the Y’s progress to date.”

Alan Stirling is the recipient of the George Kriviskey Scholarship. Stirling plans to study Pre-Professional Health Services at Purdue University with the goal of attending medical school, with a residency is psychiatry. His service work includes serving as the Executive of Girls Rising and Director of the Family Supply Center. “I have learned the value of sympathy and how important it is to meet social issues with action,” Stirling said. “I would like to be a beacon of change that stresses the importance of the Rotarian motto, ‘Service Above Self.’”

Named for Rotarian George Kriviskey this scholarship is for a student pursuing a degree in education, science, or public service. Kriviskey was former principal of Chesterton High School from 1959 to 1966 and served the Duneland school system in various positions until 1972. He was also instrumental as a leader in forming the Duneland Athletic Conference. As a member of Rotary, George achieved 35 years of perfect attendance at club meetings. He was a past President of Rotary and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the Ed Pearson Award.

Josh Sweet is the recipient of the Alfred Nelson Scholarship. Sweet plans to study finance and mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of finding a job that would allow him to use both of his degrees, such as an actuary or eventually a CFO. His service work includes his Eagle Scout project which was to renovate the courtyard at his middle school. The project ultimately took 508 hours with 64 volunteers over four months. “This was a great experience for me that has helped me understand the saying, he profits most who serves best”, Sweet said. “I was able to learn valuable lessons that have proven useful many times since.”

Named for Rotarian Alfred Nelson this scholarship is for a student seeking a degree in a vocational or trade field in communications, journalism, political science, technology, or management. Nelson was an educator and administrator at Chesterton High School who made his mark in the Duneland community through his volunteer work. He was active in a variety of local religious, service, and youth organizations throughout his time in Chesterton. Al joined the Rotary Club in 1966 and served in every office of the club as well as club delegate to several Rotary International conventions.

Caroline Ausema is the recipient of the Dirk Baer Scholarship. Ausema plans to study Computer Science at Purdue University with the goal of assuming a leadership position after she graduates. Her service work includes a volunteer trip to Nepal with “Royal Servants” where she and her team delivered feminine sanitary pads to remote villages. Ausema said, “As I leave the bubble of Northwest Indiana to study Computer Science at Purdue University, my goal is to be aware of opportunities that arise to serve my community. By doing so, I want to encourage others to find a type of work that uses their passions and talents, with a central focus on bettering lives that were not given the same opportunities. Uplifting women through my volunteer work has been my life’s most fulfilling experience.”

Named for Rotarian Dirk Baer this scholarship is for a student seeking a degree in a vocational or trade field in communications, journalism, technology, management, or public service. Baer was deeply rooted in the Duneland School Corporation, served on the Chesterton police commission and was an active Rotarian. In 1987 Dirk began his career in the Duneland School Corporation as the Principal of Chesterton High School. He served as principal there for six years. He loved every minute he spent with the students and staff. Beginning in 2002 he served the Duneland School Corporation as Superintendent of Schools. Dirk retired from Duneland Schools in 2013 after 26 years of dedication and service.

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Posted 7/21/2020





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