Goodfellows has awarded five $1,000 Kay Deluise scholarships to seniors at Eastern, Kokomo and Northwestern high schools.
This is the 12th year for the scholarship, which honors Kay Deluise. Deluise was a long-time Goodfellows volunteer and a member of the group’s board of directors when she died in 2002. She was a Kokomo High School counselor and established the Magic Closet, a place where needy students receive clothing and toiletries.
The Deluise Scholarship is based on financial need and community involvement. The 2014 scholarship recipients are:
• Rachel Echelbarger, daughter of Conde and Lori Echelbarger. She ranks 14th in a class of 119 at Eastern High School. Echelbarger plans to study nursing at Indiana University Kokomo;
• Brielle Miller, daughter of Brad and Amy Miller. She ranks 27th in a class of 129 at Northwestern High School. Miller plans to study business then dentistry or optometry at Indiana University-Bloomington;
• Raven Pugh, daughter of Daria and Lowell Pugh Jr. She ranks 66th in a class of 391 at Kokomo High School. Pugh plans to study physical therapy at IUPU-Indianapolis;
• Logan Redman, daughter of Richard Redman and Monique French-Redman. She ranks fifth out of a class of 129 at NHS. Redman plans to study secondary education at either Butler University, Indiana University or University of Evansville; and
• Heather Wright, daughter of Raymond and Rachel Wright. She ranks third out of a class of 119 at EHS. She plans to study pre-dental and bassoon at either Butler University, DePauw University or Vanderbilt University.
Kokomo Tribune employees founded Goodfellows in 1911. Each year during the Christmas season, Goodfellows provides clothing to more than 2,000 needy children. We Care provides most of its funding.