Foundation Scholarship Endowment Awards: Jordan Carsey
Jordan Carsey, the son of Brian and Debbie Carsey, all of Connersville, received the Gene and Jane Guttman WTCC Scholarship, and the Class of 1970 Scholarship, both endowments of the Fayette County Foundation. The recipient of the Guttman Scholarship must have completed a two-year program at WTCC. Both scholarships require that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA, are a graduating senior of Connersville High School.
Gene and Jane Guttman WTCC Scholarship was created by Gene and Jane Guttman in 1998, the same year the school’s name changed from the Vocational School to Whitewater Technical Career Center. The Guttmans attended the school’s dedication and were impressed that it offered students a direct path to a career. It seemed a good fit that a school could provide students who may not be planning to attend traditional college or university the needed training to become productive citizens with lucrative jobs. WTCC again changed its name in 2016 to Whitewater Career Center (WCC).
WCC provides career and technical education for students from six school corporations: Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Lincoln, Rushville, and Union. WCC opened in August 1970 and consists of 3 buildings of classrooms, labs, workshops, offices and other instructional resource areas. A governing board, with representatives from all six school corporations, oversees 14 career programs and ensures that students have access to facilities and experiences that prepare them for careers and further education. More than 500 students attend sessions every school day. The remainder of the student’s day is spent at the home high school completing requirements for graduation and participating in extracurricular activities.
Class of 1970 Scholarship was created with an initial gift from Debbie Jobe to honor the accomplishments of the CHS class of 1970. It was deemed the year of “Dawning of a New Day” in the Cohiscan as it was the first year the “new” school opened on Spartan Drive having moved from Grand Avenue. The Cohiscan read, “THIS IS 1970! With it came a new decade, a new school, and a new outlook on life. We have learned to live for today and work for a better tomorrow. We have learned to not only care for ourselves but for our brothers. We have become aware of the world around us. And in our search, we have learned to be thankful for the opportunity to receive an education. Welcome to the 1970 Cohiscan and the ‘Dawning of a New Day.'”
Jordan Carsey is attending Xavier University where he is studying chemistry to become a dentist. While at CHS, Jordan was a member of the soccer team as well as the guy/girl dance team. Jordan was inspired by local dentist Gary Weber to pursue his own career in dentistry. “Dr. Weber not only became my favorite dentist and close family friend, but also one of the reasons I’m pursuing dentistry,” Jordan said. “I am influenced by his charismatic approach with his patients and incorporate it in my everyday routine. As a dentist, my goal is to make people feel happy and confident through their smile. I am determined to achieve my goal.”
This year the Foundation awarded 34 scholarships to 19 students with $100,337 in tuition funds awarded.