We are pleased to introduce a new scholarship given in memory of Merle and Bette Evenson. In 2016, the Evenson Family presented two $500 scholarships to R-P graduates. Rushford-Peterson was lucky to have Merle and Bette as part of our community. This is what Merle and Bette's family had to say about them.
"Merle and Bette were very kind and compassionate people and enjoyed being a part of a wonderful community with a great school. Merle drove school bus for R-P Schools for 19 years. He thoroughly enjoyed driving bus and felt especially privileged to be able to drive for the girls' volleyball and basketball teams, also known as "Merle's Girls" and for the spring track teams. Merle always said, 'Everything happens for a reason.' "
The Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools is happy to announce the establishment of the Merlin and Lila Jameson Scholarship. The Jameson Family (Scott, Mark, Craig, and Lance) wishes to embrace their parents’ lifelong philosophy of always giving back to their school and community. Establishing a scholarship in their memory is a tribute to Merlin and Lila’s lifelong mission of giving back and recognizing the good in others.
Merlin and Lila were lifelong residents of the Rushford area. They were active supporters of the Rushford-Peterson Schools, student activities, and young adults pursuing their aspirations. Merlin and Lila shared values with many in this community that support and encourage individuals to be their best and provide acts of kindness to others. They recognized that these characteristics make meaningful differences in single moments and lifetimes. As a thank you to wonderful friends and to recognize talented young adults, this scholarship is given to a graduating senior in an effort to pay-it-forward to a community that has been so generous.
Graduating seniors who are planning on pursuing a post-secondary education are eligible for the $2,000 scholarship ($1,000 freshman year and $1,000 junior year). Nominations will be accepted from the public (e.g., teacher, coach, community member, school employee, and student) that has observed or experienced the positive influence that a graduating senior has had on others.