OTTUMWA – For the 28th year, the Bill and Ardis Evans award was presented to Ottumwa sixth grade students. This year’s recipients are Citlalli Cruz and Jacob Mamlock. Cruz is the daughter of Javier Cruz and Maria Zavala. Mamlock is the son of Nadya Mamlock.
Since 1989, $336,000 in Evans Scholarships has been awarded to 56 students. These scholarships were established at the Indian Hills Community College Foundation by Bill and Ardis Evans, who combined, spent 51 years working with elementary school children. The couple believed that offering these scholarships to sixth graders gives young people the incentive to improve or maintain their grades and be good citizens. The scholarship recipients are nominated and selected based on their academic achievement, character, attendance, and extracurricular activities.
One boy and one girl each year are nominated from each dyad in the sixth grade at Evans Middle School. The Indian Hills Community College Foundation Scholarship Committee then selects the winners. Under the scholarship guidelines, the recipients must complete their first two years of post-secondary education at Indian Hills before transferring to a four-year college or university.
Cruz and Mamlock were awarded $1,000 college scholarships at their end-of-the-year school assembly on May 31. They will earn an additional $1,000 each year through their senior year in high school, provided they meet specified criteria. Therefore, the two could each accrue $7,000 towards their college education by the time they graduate from high school.