Money raised from the annual Running for our Future 5K exceeded fundraising goals this summer. This allowed the WestGate@Crane scholarship fund to grow from $3,000 last year to $3,500 this year.
Thirty colleges and universities were in attendance as well as more 350 students from 10 regional high schools.
The three Daviess County scholarship winners beat seven other applicants from area high schools.
Alleigh Dillman, who received a $2,000 scholarship, is a senior at Washington High School. Dillman says that coming from a single parent household doesn’t hold her back from her plans of becoming a first generation college student.
“Being first in something means a lot. It shows that no matter what you go through or how much you have you can accomplish anything.”
Dillman plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to study pre-law, a field she’s been interested in since childhood.
“[Law] has just really intrigued me ever since I was little,” said Dillman whose essay was called “Neglecting the Environment and the Road Towards A Scummy Future.”
Second place and a $1,000 award went to Brady Turner, also from Washington High School. His essay was titled “Addressing the Promise of Biochemical Innovation in the Food Industry and its Potential to Combat Climate Change, Deforestation, World Hunger, and Human Health.”
Barr-Reeve’s Lance Swartzentruber earned third place honors and a $500 scholarship for his essay called “The Future is Mobile.”
To apply for a scholarship, applicants were required to write an essay addressing a world issue that could be solved or mitigated through the improvement of an area of science, technology, engineering, or math, and describe how that could be accomplished.