The R.E. & Joan S. Allen Foundation announced the awarding of $65,000 in scholarships to 52 students in 2016.
Renewal scholarships have just been awarded in the amount of $35,000 to 27 students. In May 2016, The Allen Foundation awarded 25 first year scholarships in the amount of $30,000.
Second year scholarships in the amount of $10,500 were awarded to:
Jake Abbott, Brooke Bahr, Mariah Clawson, Travis Downing, Trevor Downing, Caitlan Johnson, Dylan Meyers, Dale Oates and John Rembis.
Third year scholarships in the amount of $11,500 were awarded to:
Emily Baird, Brandi Barrett, Kylie Bell, Braiden Bradley, Margaret Kimmel, Jonathan Szczerba, Daniel Warner, Megan Webb and Evan Wilkerson.
Fourth year scholarships in the amount of $13,000 were awarded to:
Erica Beverly, Ashlyn Flowers, Caleb Halsey, Danyel Heilman, Kathryn Heilman, Tina Hiller, Megan Nichols, Hillary Routt and Chase Ruhlen.
Since 1991, The Allen Foundation has awarded scholarships to 1342 different students in the amount of $2,384,150. According to Dr. Karen Allen, Director of the Foundation, multi-year scholarships have been awarded to 594 different students.
The scholarships are made possible by a $1,003,000 endowment from R.E. & Joan S. Allen in 1990 following the sale of their Imperial Cup plant in Kenton. In 2005, Mr. Allen increased the endowment to $1,350,000.
Grants are available to graduating seniors of Kenton High School and to employees of International Paper Food Service Business and their immediate family members. All grant recipients are eligible to apply for annual renewals.
R.E. Allen said, "It is my desire that these scholarships will enable recipients to become self-reliant, skillful and successful members of our community."