BLANCHESTER — The Blanchester Schools Foundation presented scholarships to eight outstanding graduating seniors from Blanchester High School and Laurel Oaks Career Center.

Makayla Harrington is the recipient of the Carnahan Scholarship. She will receive a $10,000 renewable scholarship, for a total of $40,000.

She is an exceptional student, who is also active in community service, and other extracurricular activities. Her dedication to her school, family, and community makes her the ideal candidate for this scholarship, and we know she will continue to excel. This account is managed by the First National Bank of Blanchester.

Bryce Bandow was selected as the recipient of the Carlton and Carolyn Binkley Scholarship for $1000, which is awarded to a student who will be pursuing a degree in the field of education at an accredited college or university. Bryan will be an excellent educator and great role model for future students!

Jacob Lansing was awarded the Goldie Beef and Goldie Family Club Lamb Scholarship, for excellence in Agricultural education. Jacob received a $1,000 scholarship for pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business or the field of Agriculture.

Kaylee Holmes was awarded the Jennifer Carter Memorial Nursing Scholarship for $1,000 for her work in nursing education. She is planning to pursue higher degrees in nursing. This award was given by Jill Garrett, Ph.D. and Gay Davis, Jennifer’s Carter’s mother.

William Knapp III was awarded the Ledford Family Scholarship for $500. The Ledford Family Scholarship is awarded to a Senior of Blanchester High School who will be furthering their education at a two or four year college, enrolling in military service or any vocational training program.

Three students were awarded scholarships from the Blanchester Alumni Association for excellent academic performance, service to the community, and future plans for attending a trade school, college, or university. The winners of the Alumni Association scholarships are Bryan Bandow, $1,000; Madison Pembleton, $1,000; and the 50-Year Anniversary Class 1972 Scholarship was awarded to Mariah Lanham for $300.

About BSF

The Blanchester Schools Foundation has been created to accept and expend funds in support of students, teachers, and programs in the Blanchester Schools. Contributions to the foundation are kept separate from school funds and may be earmarked for certain purposes or for the general support and enhancement of the schools.

One area of special need this year is the “Pay to Participate” fund, which helps students in need to pay the fee to participate in extracurricular activities.

This year, the Foundation has received a great deal of support from donors and businesses in the way of financial gifts, donated services, and school projects.

Chad Taylor, BHS Grad, along with Taylor’s South Shore Marina supported the Blanchester schools through a gift of the new sound system for the high school Drama department and performing arts. This will make a huge impact on student performances for many years to come.

Curless Printing donated the printing of the Foundation brochures, and the First National Bank of Blanchester supports the Foundation by managing accounts and providing services.

The Foundation also receives monetary donations from all over the country as tributes to former teachers and administrators.

To find out more about donating, or setting up a scholarship or other programs in the schools, please go to .

Students were awarded scholarships through the Blanchester Schools Foundation. were awarded scholarships through the Blanchester Schools Foundation. Submitted photos

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