The Dale and Ruth Shepherd Memorial Scholarship Committee met June 5 at the Warrensville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. A total of five requests for renewal were approved and four new scholarships were awarded for a total of $13,000.

Renewals were Sybol Eller, $2,000; Caroline Ham, $2,000; Alex Kissinger, $1,000; Emily Kissinger, $1,000; and Rose Pennington, $1,000. New scholarships were awarded to Rayna Blevins, $1,000; Mason Shumate, $2,000; Hayley Ritter, $2,000 and Taylor Walton, $1,000.

The Dale and Ruth Shepherd Memorial Scholarships are renewable for up to four years as long as the student continues to meet the guidelines set up in the by-laws and remains in a good standing at their chosen institution. The program has awarded a grand total of $182,000 since its inception in 2003.

The nonprofit ministry began in 2002 with a seed donation by the late Dale and Ruth Shepherd who challenged members of the Warrensville Baptist Church to match it. Originally called the Warrensville United Methodist Church Scholarship, the name was changed to honor the Shepherds after their deaths.

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