— Seven Plainfield High School graduates were recently awarded the first scholarships in memory of a classmate who died when they were freshmen.
Ben Kempf Memorial Scholarships were presented to Betsy Gillenwater, Jake Jay, Samantha Jones, Allison Lynch, Joshua Morris, Anna Taber, and Katrina Taivalkoski.
The Ben Kempf Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the PHS Pride Club in 2010 as a fund of the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) and is designated for selected PHS graduating seniors who are enrolling at a two- or four-year accredited college or university.
Originally, the Pride Club’s goal was to raise money for a one-time scholarship to a student in Kempf’s graduating class. But the initial fundraiser was so successful, his family and the club decided the scholarship would go to more than one student and would continue annually — starting with the 2013 class with whom Kempf would have graduated.
The son of Brian and Leslie Kempf and a member of the high school’s freshman football team, Kempf was 15 when he was killed in a moped-truck collision in 2009.
Interested donors may contact the HCCF about contributing to the Ben Kempf Memorial Scholarship Fund.
For more information, call 268-6240 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HCCF works to improve the quality of life in Hendricks County by helping donors match their passion with community needs, awarding grants to non-profit organizations and projects, and collaborating to address community issues.
The HCCF manages an $8 million collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses, and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2012, the HCCF gave more than $640,000 in grants to organizations and scholarships to local students.