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Fund Number: 077
Provides scholarship support to graduating seniors of Lanesville High School.
Very dedicated members of their community, Pete and Joan Schickel of Lanesville established their scholarship fund in 2005 with the Harrison County Community Foundation. The Peter J. and Joan T. Schickel Scholarship Fund will provide scholarship support to graduating seniors of Lanesville High School. Pete is a founding board member of the Foundation.
Joan graduated from Morgan Township High School in 1943. Pete graduated from Lanesville High School in 1941. They were married in St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Bradford on June 6, 1946. They are active members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lanesville. They have five children and 10 grandchildren. All five of their children graduated from Lanesville High School and their son, Robert, is currently Vice President of the Lanesville Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.
Pete has been a very active citizen of Harrison County, serving in areas such as Treasurer of the Lanesville Community School Building Corporation since 1951 and the Harrison County Hospital Foundation since its inception in 1983. He served on the Harrison County Council from 1958 to 1988, served as director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association (First Federal Bank) (First Harrison Bank) from 1963-1995 and has also served on the board of directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and Harrison County Farm Bureau with local and state legislators since 1974.
Joan served as Secretary of the Harrison County School Reorganization Committee from July 1963 to 1990. She served on the Lanesville Community School Corporation Board of Trustees for 10 years. Joan is currently Farm Woman Leader for Franklin Township Farm Bureau. Pete and Joan are chartered members of Lanesville Heritage Weekend, Inc. since its beginning in 1976 and the Franklin Township Athletic Club since its inception in 1949. After earning her way to the Indiana State Farm Bureau speaking contest four times, Joan won first in 1967. The title of the speech was “You Make The Difference”.
The Schickels operated a family egg business from 1946 to 1988. Farm Fresh Quality Eggs were produced and packed daily on the Peter J. Schickel Egg Farm near Lanesville. Eggs were delivered to the ultimate consumer on Tuesdays and Fridays weekly.
Community service is part of the criteria to obtain the scholarship. "We think that is our purpose on earth to serve, we need to help those in need, those less fortunate," said Joan. "We are especially interested in young folks, they are our future. We figure if they get a good start and are sent in the right direction, then we are working toward a better community."
2006: Jessica Schmelz, Craig Barnickle
2007: Erin Harbeson, Katherine Bleecker
2008: Cody Hussung, Nicole Melton
2009: Collin Pursell, Sara Schmelz
2010: Jacob Gayheart Boone, Faith Johnston
2011: Gregory Lieber, Gregory Best, Karen Green
2012: Vanessa Rainbolt, Benjamin Baumgart, Amber Parsons, Sloane Pursell
2013: Olivia Bays, Emma Bays, Nolan Berkley, Caryn Eisert, Kendra Smith
2014: Jack Ferree, Kyle Rottet, Abby Bell, Mackenzie Johnson, Hannah Conder
2015: Olivia Cook, Bailey Kaake, Annabelle Parsons, Gabe Sronce, Hailey Turner
2016: Katherine Winstead, Luke Beach, Noah Boone, Kimberly Simler, Conner Smith, Luke Walker
2017: Madison Lindsay, Jillian Moran, Sareena Mum, Evan Peele, Elijah Wilkin
2018: Riley Cook, Olivia Johnson, Hailee Parsons, Hailey Reas, Baron West
2019: Elizabeth Combs, Jessica A. Smith, Emilynn Taylor, Morgan Watson, Macie Witt Haley