Foundation Scholarship Endowment Awards: Ben Buehner
Ben Buehner, the son of John and Tammy Buehner, all of Connersville, received the Walter L. Reed and Margaret I. Reed Scholarship, an endowment of the Fayette County Foundation. This scholarships requires that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA, are a graduating senior of Connersville High School, and also considers financial need.
The Walter L. Reed and Margaret I. Reed Scholarship was earmarked in 2002 to the Foundation by Margaret Reed, a former local teacher. Named in memory of herself and late husband, Margaret wanted to create a lasting legacy that would provide aid to future students long past her passing. Both Margaret and Walter were teachers at CHS; she was a guidance counselor and he taught science. The scholarship became active in 2010 following Margaret’s passing. The Reeds worked their way through college and faced the possibility of having to leave school due to not having enough money for tuition. She eventually found work and both graduated from Indiana State University knowing what it was like to need financial assistance for education. Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree in 1937 and a graduate degree in 1943.
Ben Buehner graduated with a 3.5 GPA and was ranked in the top 15% of his class and plans to attend Purdue Polytech in Richmond. He plans to pursue a degree in computer or mechanical engineering. Ben participated in National Honor Society during his time at CHS. Ben discovered his interest in computer programming thanks to classes he took during high school. He said, “This interest in programming gave me a goal to work towards in school and gave me a reason to try in my classes.” Ben hopes to continue that mindset throughout college. “I have set a goal to continue learning all that I can, whenever I can, for not only my benefit but for all mankind. Problems can be fixed with a little bit of inspiration and hard work!” he said.
This year the Foundation awarded 34 scholarships to 19 students with $100,337 in tuition funds awarded.