In the end, it was difficult to choose between them—so the Indian Valley Thrift Store board decided it would give to all the seven of the students vying for scholarship funds this year.
The IV Thrift Store—once an auxiliary to the now defunct hospital—gives regularly to a variety of mostly children’s causes around Indian Valley from Little League to field trips to stage curtains. If there is a need in the community, it’s the IV Thrift Store’s mission to give back.
This spring, seven worthy students applied for one of the thrift store’s memorial scholarships—and all seven had a story compelling enough that each became a recipient of a scholarship from the Indian Valley Thrift Store Association. The board struggled to choose between them and in the end award $9,000 through their memorial scholarship funds.
The memorial scholarships honor the lives and memories of Joy Burkholder, Pat McGee, and Marion Hamblin. Any student needing support for either college or a trade is eligible.
The awards also reflected the busy spring season at the IV Thrift Store, which showed a really strong sales month in April as business in downtown Greenville began to pick up post lockdown. The funding of the scholarships come exclusively from proceeds made at the thrift shop.
Adeline Tilton received one of the memorial scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to attend Central Arizona College to study nursing. Madeline Goss received $1,500 to study applied chemistry at University of California, Davis. Diego Garcia-Couoh received a $1,500 scholarship to study film production and editing at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Lacie Banchio received $1,500 to study biology to become a dental hygienist.
Natalee Olhiser received $1,000 scholarship to continue her studies at Feather River College. Jacey Taylor received $1,000 to study studio art at Lassen Community College. Kaytlyn Cedillos received $1,000 to study music production at Saddleback College.
Tilton, Goss, Cedillos, Taylor and Garcia-Couoh are all graduates of Plumas Charter School at the Indian Valley Academy site. Banchio is a graduate of Greenville High School.
Recipient criteria is assessed by expenses specifically laid out in the application and considerations such as need, out of the area or out of state costs.
Recipients of the memorial awards are encouraged to also volunteer time with the thrift store before moving on to their college destinations in the fall.
IVTSA also encourages recipients of their scholarships to reapply for a renewed scholarship each year they are in school. All recipients qualify for a continued scholarship the following year although not necessarily for the same amount. IVTSA also encourages more scholarship applications from area youth. The scholarship deadline each year is in April. Contact the store for details next March for details.