On Wednesday evening, more than $12,000 in scholarships were awarded to Bloomfield students by the Bloomfield Rotary Club, along with BloomBank, Stimulus Engineering, and other community groups and businesses during its annual Honors Night.
The top ten honors on each class were awarded with scholarships amounting to $250, $500, $750 and $1,000.
In honor of Orval D. Hunter, a scholarship is granted to a Bloomberg student each year – the Orval D. Hunter Memorial Scholarship. Hunter was a native of Washington who later moved to Greene County together with his family. He was an alumnus at Lyons High School and later finished his law degree in Indiana State University. He then became a prosecuting attorney in Bloomberg for 57 years and before his retirement in 1988, he served as a Greene Circuit Court judge. He also became a state representative. The scholarship for this year was presented by Ryan McDonald.
There were two Margaret “Peg” Harrah Cardinal Scholarships amounting to $1,000 each that were presented by the Circuit Court Judge “Chip” Allen.
Don Green of Rotary International presented the Brian G. Martin Memorial Scholarship, which was established to honor the former Bloomfield publisher and commercial printer.
Amber Haake was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and passed away as a result of the disease two years later. Haake who loved kids and education was honored by her parents with a Memorial Scholarship amounting to $1,000. McDonald presented the award.
Tom McIntosh who was a representative from Metal Technologies of Bloomfield gave away three scholarships amounting to $1,000 each.
The $750 Barkley Family Scholarship that was initially established to give back to the community was presented by Mark Barkley of BloomBank.
McDonald also presented scholarships from Bloomfield Rotary, two in the amount of $750 and other two in the amount of $500.
Julie Huffman presented the Bloomfield FFA scholarship for $250 while the $250 scholarship on behalf of Yer Studios was presented by Sawyer Sparks.
Matt Miller and Judy Branstetter presented the $1,000 worth Harvey Hannah Scholarship, which was established by the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in honor of a man who was very active in the community of Bloomfield.