OTTUMWA – For the 29th year, the Bill and Ardis Evans Award was presented to two Ottumwa sixth grade students. This year’s recipients are Alaina Raleeh and Carl Mamlock.
Since 1989, $338,000 in Evans Scholarships has been awarded to 58 students. These scholarships were established through the Indian Hills Community College Foundation by the longtime educators, who combined to spend 51 years working with elementary school children. The couple believed that offering these scholarships to sixth graders would give 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.
Alaina and Carl were each awarded $1,000 college scholarships at their year-end school assembly. 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.
Alaina is the daughter of Dustin and Shannon Raleeh. Carl is the son of Nadya Mamlock.