As previously reported, Hillsboro City Council voted 6-0 June 8 to “authorize and direct the city auditor to disburse scholarship awards” to three members of the HHS Class of 2020, each receiving $1,000: Katie Condo, Joe Helterbrand and Gideon Pickering-Polstra.
According to the city, the scholarship applications were open to all seniors, whether they were going to college or entering the workforce. The seniors were able to apply either through an essay or video submission.
“In difficult times, coming together and supporting the seniors for the difficult year that they had was nice to see, and we appreciate the stuff the city has done for our students,” Davis said last month.
Hillsboro mayor Justin Harsha, safety and service director Brianne Abbott and auditor Alex Butler, along with Hillsboro City Schools superintendent Tim Davis, were on hand to honor the students. The scholarship recipients and their families were also treated to refreshments during a reception at the park.
“Congratulations, and best of luck in the future,” Harsha told the recent graduates.
As previously reported, Harsha issued a proclamation designating the week of May 11-15 as “High School Senior Recognition Week” within the city of Hillsboro. The city made an announcement seeking participation from businesses or individuals, including offering perks for seniors or accepting donations for the scholarship fund.
Harsha said in May that the city would be matching any donations for the scholarship up to $1,000 and told council that he hopes the city can offer the scholarship each year.
In addition to the city of Hillsboro, the following individuals and businesses contributed to this year’s scholarship fund:
• Chad Abbott;
• Cassie and Shawn Adkins;
• Tracey Bennington;
• Destiny Bryson;
• Buckeye Boat Repairs;
• First Baptist Church;
• Deborah Harsha;
• Justin Harsha;
• Diana & John Jones;
• John Kellis;
• David “Oscar” Mayer, HHS Class of 1974;
• Miller-Mason Paving Co;
• Kim Newman;
• Sarah Roe Mortgage Pro; and
• Susie Wagoner.
The city worked with Davis to select this year’s honorees, but in the future they plan to have a committee to organize the annual scholarship.
Abbott told council earlier this month that the senior week project “went wonderfully.”
“We had a great turnout from local businesses who donated and allowed the seniors to have discounts at their businesses and things like that,” Abbott said. “It was a really great way to honor the class of 2020. They’ve been presented with some challenges, so it was nice to do something special for them.”
After a delay due to physical distancing restrictions, Hillsboro High School held an in-person graduation ceremony last Friday, June 26 on the soccer field.