Foundation Scholarship Endowment Awards: Hannah Buehner

Hannah Buehner, the daughter of John and Tammy Buehner, all of Connersville, received the Virginia Meeks Scholarship and the Nicole Riggs Simpson Memorial Scholarship, both endowments of the Fayette County Foundation.  Both scholarships require that applicants have at least a 3.0 GPA, are a graduating senior of Connersville High School.  The Meeks scholarship also considers financial need and the Simpson scholarship requires that the applicant be pursuing a degree in education.

The Virginia Meeks Scholarship was established in November of 1999 by the Virginia A. Meeks Estate to aid and assist worthy and deserving graduates of Connersville High School to acquire a vocational, college, or university education. Virginia Meeks was very “community minded” according to her two friends and colleagues in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Kay Porter Pike and Anna C. Porter. Her passions were education and hisfory, and so she became involved in both the Daughters of the American Revolution and Historic Connersville. She joined the local John Conner chapter of DAR in 1938 and was a very active member. She served as treasurer for both DAR and Historic Connersville for many years, and did an “excellent job”. Virginia also belonged to a local sorority and was honored by Altrusa as Woman of the Year in 1986.

According to her neighbor, John Alexander, Virginia was a “great neighbor and a lot of fun to talk with.” She loved to travel and share her experiences with others. She was very knowledgeable about the community and very proud to call Connersville home. Virginia knew that one op the keys to a successful life was life long learning. Virginia found joy in establishing a scholarship to support Connersville High School graduates who wanted to go on to college to better themselves.  A modest woman, Virginia left a portion of her estate to the Fayette County Foundation through a bequest gift. Because the gift was endowed (the gift was permanently invested and forever will support the scholarship), her passion tor education will continue tor generations.

The Nicole Riggs Simpson Scholarship was founded by Todd Simpson in 2010 with memorial contributions.  The Foundation is proud to receive gifts celebrating life. Through memorial gifts and tributes, we continue to build endowments and create an enduring legacy for generations in Fayette County. Instead of material gifts, choose gifts from the endowment list to honor your friends, family or business associates – gifts that help people and organizations here.

Hannah Buehner was named The Class of 2017 Salutatorian.  Hannah was active in National Honor Society, participated with CHS academic teams, was a member of the CHS Japanese and Spanish Clubs, and participated in the Japanese Olympiad of Indiana.  An obvious love of language is what is leading Hannah to continue studying language in college, as she plans to attend IU East and major in both Spanish and Communication Studies. Future goals for Hannah include teaching English in a foreign country, while also teaching others an appreciation for foreign languages and emphasizing the need for more foreign language programs in the public school system.

This year the Foundation awarded 34 scholarships to 19 students with $100,337 in tuition funds awarded.

Congratulations, Hannah!