July 27, 2015 – Eleven students recently received scholarships totaling $7,100 from the Consolidated Communications Iverson A. Lumpkin Pioneer Club.
Back Row: Val Walker, Samantha Rardin, Gus Walker, Jackson Ritter and Clayton Tucker. Front row: Emily Weichman, Ashley Owen, Lexi Romack and Jennifer Fonner. Missing from the photo: Megan Weichman and Chad Hoene
To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must be a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of a Pioneer Club member, have a 3.0 GPA and be enrolling in a two or four-year accredited college.
The 2015 recipients of the Iverson A. Lumpkin Pioneer Club scholarship include:
- Jennifer Fonner, sponsored by her mother Gina Fonner, is a 2010 Mattoon High School graduate. She is attending Lake Land College.
- Chad Hoene, sponsored by his mother Joanna Hoene, is a 2015 graduate of Neoga High School. He will be attending Lake Land College.
- Ashley Owen, sponsored by her mother Tina Olszewski, graduated from Unity High School in 2014 and is attending the University of Illinois.
- Samantha Rardin, sponsored by her mother Cheryl Smith Rardin, is a 2015 Mattoon High School and will be attending Bradley University.
- Jackson Ritter, sponsored by his grandfather Roy Dwight Powell, is a 2015 Mattoon High School graduate and will attend Lake Land College.
- Lexi Romack, sponsored by her father Dan Romack, graduated from Neoga High School in 2012 and is attending Lincoln Land Community College.
- Clayton Tucker, sponsored by his father Keith Tucker, graduated from Mattoon High School in 2014 and is attending Eastern Illinois University.
- August Walker, sponsored by his father Ryan Walker, is a 2015 Charleston High School graduate and plans to attend Lake Land College.
- Val Walker, sponsored by his father Ryan Walker, and is a 2015 Charleston High School graduate who will attend Lake Land College.
- Emily Weichman, sponsored by her mother Denise Weichman, is a 2015 Teutopolis High School graduate and will attend the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.
- Megan Weichman, sponsored by her mother Denise Weichman. She graduated from Teutopolis High School in 2015 and will attend Maryville University.
The Mattoon-based Pioneer Club chapter of the Independent Telecommunications Pioneers Organization includes employees, retirees and former employees of Consolidated Communications. Since 1990, the club has awarded more than $135,000 through more than 200 scholarships.
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