Press Release


Thursday, May 3, 2007
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO-- More than 50 students at Hannibal-LaGrange College received awards during the school's annual awards chapel on Wednesday, April 25.  The awards were given to those students who excelled in their respective majors, displayed dedication in ministry or proved themselves to be successful students. 

Also during the chapel service Dr. Gary Breland, vice president of academic affairs at HLG spoke about the tragedy that occurred last week at Virginia Tech University. “As Dr. Burt [HLG president] shared last week in a campus email to the faculty and staff, this senseless crime heightens our awareness and reminds us of the precious lives that are entrusted to us everyday,” said Dr. Breland. “The faculty and staff of Hannibal-LaGrange College take our responsibilities very seriously.” A moment of silence followed while the HLG String Ensemble played “Amazing Grace.” Faculty, staff, students, and guests were also invited to sign a memorial book to post their condolences to the Virginia Tech family. The book will be sent to Virginia Tech as a symbol of the HLG community's prayer and support.

Recipients of the awards given during the awards ceremony were chosen by HLG personnel and scholarship donors.  The awards are arranged by category.


Francis M. Baker and Claudie A. Baker Award: Jeremy Wallace, Hannibal, MO
Established by the Baker estate, this award is distributed annually to a ministerial student or other student on the basis of scholastic aptitude and Christian character.

Jack and Leona Blohm Memorial CRV Scholarship: Jeffrey Voepel, Hannibal, MO
Awarded to a worthy returning student preparing for a church-related vocation. 

First Baptist Church of New London, Missouri, Annual Memorial Award: Cameron Beckerdite, Versailles, MO
This annual award is given to a Christian Ministry Vocations Fellowship student, other than a pastoral ministry student, who has shown the most outstanding faithfulness and service to a Baptist church while attending HLG.  The student must be a four-year graduating CMVF student with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.  The recipient is chosen by the faculty of the Christian Studies Division. 

Earl O. Harding Memorial Fund Award: Cameron Beckerdite, Versailles, MO
This award was established by Mrs. Alice Harding in memory of her husband Dr. Earl O. Harding, who served as executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention in the 1960s.  The cash award is given to a member of the current graduating class who feels the call into full-time Christian ministry.

Luray Baptist Church Award: Dustin Gibbons, New London, MO
This annual award is presented to a returning student who is an active member of the CMVF (Christian Ministry Vocation Fellowship).  The recipient was selected by the director of the CMVF program on the basis of academic excellence, participation in CMVF and local church activities.   

Brian L. Shelton Memorial Scholarship: Joseph Millstead, Hannibal, MO
Established by the friends and family of Brian Shelton, the scholarship is given to a full-time junior whose life bears witness to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, has experienced a call to the gospel ministry, exemplifies the highest ideals of Christian commitment and service, and is a member of a Southern Baptist church, serving in the church in some ministry capacity.

Dunsing Memorial Scholarship: Shaun Skiles, St. Charles, MO
This scholarship is awarded by the Christian Studies Division.  Its purpose is to provide assistance to a junior or senior at HLG who is preparing to enter the gospel ministry.  The recipient is selected on the basis of Christian commitment was determined by the Christian Studies faculty.

Oscar Grindheim and Rose Grindheim Sims Scholarship: James McCloy, Walla Walla, WA
This scholarship is awarded each year to a returning church-related-vocation student, male or female, who, in the judgment of the Christian Studies Division faculty, has proven during student days to be outstandingly effective as a soul-winner.

Reverend William B. Stone Memorial Award: David Dittmer, Shelbina, MO
Selected by the Christian Studies Division, recipients are chosen on the basis of their commitment to Christ and the gospel ministry and academic achievement.

Ross H. Tucker and Eunice B. Tucker Scholarship: Melissa Meredith, Broken Arrow, OK
This is awarded to a female student who has committed her life to mission service or to a ministerial student who best exemplifies the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ; every fourth year it is awarded to a major in church music.  Preference is given to a qualified person who is a member of a church in the Pleasant Grove Association.

Zondervan Award: Chance Glenn, Hannibal, MO
Zondervan Publishing House, in cooperation with HLG, annually honors the HLG student with the highest average in biblical language courses.  Choate received a book of his choice and commemorative item.  His name will be engraved on a plaque in the Christian Studies Division.


Shirley A. Birkhead Memorial Education Scholarship: Aimee Hosmer, New London, MO
Established in 1987 by the Reverend John Birkhead, this scholarship provides financial assistance to a returning junior or senior who is majoring in elementary education.  The recipient must be a person of high moral character.

Frank and Mary Carter Mathematics Education Scholarship: Corey Lovelace, Palmyra, MO
This scholarship is awarded to the highest ranking mathematics education major at HLG who meets the following requirements: must have completed his/her junior year and be planning to return to HLG as a senior; must be in good standing with the school; and must carry a full course load as defined by the college catalog and maintain a C average or better in all courses.

Delta Kappa Gamma Award: Elisabeth Hinton, Hannibal, MO
The Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma awards the scholarship to a member of the junior class preparing to teach.  Requirements include scholastic achievement, personality, and good citizenship. 

Education Division Award: Sarah Schultz, Florissant, MO
Selected by the Education Division faculty, this award is given to the outstanding graduating senior.  The award is given based on scholarship, attitude, involvement in campus and professional organizations, and potential for a successful teaching career.

Junior Achievement Scholarship: Samuel Bonney, Elsberry, MO; Laura Ketsenburg, Monroe City, MO
Ralls County State Bank sponsors the Hannibal Junior Achievement Program.  Each year, HLG education majors participate in the program, teaching Hannibal elementary and middle school courses in business and economics.  Junior Achievement is designed to teach school-aged children the relevance of education to the workplace and their futures.

Elizabeth A Kizer Endowed Scholarship: Samuel Bonney, Elsberry, MO
Established in 1988 by Miss Elizabeth A Kizer, this scholarship provides financial assistance to students majoring in education who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities in the education field.

NAPCE Award: Kerri Cadwallader, Quincy, IL
The North American Professors of Christian Education presents this award for scholastic recognition in acknowledgement of outstanding scholarship and commitment to the field of Christian Education at Hannibal-LaGrange College.


Chappel-Lewis Award: Charles Nardi, Bowling Green, MO
This award was established in 1962 by Wayne and Marie Lewis in honor of Lewis' father J.C. Lewis and his aunt Dr. Zelma Chappel, both 1914 graduates of HLG.  The award is given to the highest-ranking music major in the sophomore class. 

Evening Etude Award: Kathryn Schaefer, St. Charles, MO
Each year the Evening Etude Music Club of Hannibal, an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs, presents an award to a music major at HLG.  This year, Campbell was selected by the music faculty for the award.

Dr. Alpha C. Mayfield and Parents Music Scholarship: Aubrey Tucker, Durham, MO
Based on need, this award is given to a talented junior majoring in music education or church music.  The recipient is selected by the music staff and deans.

Dorothy Dudley Seibel Memorial Music Award: Matthew Assel, Dawn, MO
This memorial award was established in 1990 by the family and friends of Dorothy Dudley Seibel, head of the vocal music department at HLG for 24 years.  The award is presented annually to a student chosen by the music faculty as the outstanding music talent of the year.  The award is based on scholastic achievement, personality, good citizenship, and spirit of cooperation. 


Paul Finley and Louise Brown Foreman Memorial Nursing Scholarship: Kimberly Yoder, Bowling Green, MO
This scholarship, established by the Foreman family in memory of their parents, provides assistance to a nursing student who has completed at least one semester at HLG (for those who have completed more than one semester, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required in the preceding  semester) and demonstrated dedication to the profession of nursing.  The recipient must also reside within a 40-mile radius of Hannibal, and be a good citizen of both the school and the respective community which he/she resides.

Northeast Missouri Medical Society Award: Caroline Martin, Silex, MO
This award is presented to a graduating Associate of Science in Nursing student and Bachelor of Science in Nursing student.  Chosen by the nursing faculty, recipients are chosen based on the following criteria: cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, demonstration of professionalism and a positive attitude toward the educational process, and plans to continue or seek employment in Northeast Missouri.

Dellafaye Martinson Scholarship: Kim Huddleston, Pittsfield, IL
This scholarship is awarded to an associate-degree nursing student who is completing the first year of nursing classes.  Selection is made by the nursing faculty on the basis of the following criteria: a minimum CGPA of 3.0, exemplary clinical performance, and cooperative spirit.  For many years Mrs. Martinson served the Hannibal community as a respected registered nurse.  She loved her profession and her Lord.

Mother Dennis Outstanding Nursing Student Award: 1st year: Stephanie Doyle, Mendon, IL; and Aimee Alton, Auxvasse, MO; 2nd year: Stephanie Herron, Paris, MO; and Kimberly Tengesdal, Esko, MN
Funded by the Mother Dennis Foundation established by Mrs. Paul Dennis of Quincy, Illinois, two $500 awards are presented annually: one to an ASN students who has completed the first year of nursing and one to an ASN student who has completed the second year of nursing.  Selection is made by the nursing faculty on the basis of the following criteria: CGPA of at least 3.0, participation in student organization activities, demonstration of commitment, compassion, and competence, and the recommendation of two faculty members who base their recommendation on the student's clinical performance.

Nursing Clinical Achievement Award: Janet Elliott, Louisiana, MO
Established and funded by the students of the Division of Nursing, this cash award is presented annually to a second-year nursing student who has shown the greatest improvement in skills and organization related to the clinical area, potential for success in the profession of nursing, and compassion for mankind.  The recipient is chosen by vote of the second-year nursing class and approved by the nursing faculty.

Nursing Division Award: Krista Sellers, House Springs, MO
This cash award is funded by the HLG nursing faculty and staff and is presented to a graduating ASN student.  Recipients are selected by the nursing faculty on the basis of their having consistently displayed a positive attitude toward their nursing education and having maintained at least a 3.0 CGPA.


Business Department Faculty Award: Tyson Mulvaney, Salem, IL
This award goes to a returning junior who has been admitted to the business department as either an accounting or a business administration major.  Additional qualifications consist of: contributions to the Business Department and to HLG in the form of scholarship, campus citizenship, and great promise and potential in his/her chosen career field.

Robert H. Conner Student Grants: Darren Funk, Pittsfield, IL; Emily Giffin, Gilford, MO; Krystal Harrah, Louisiana, MO; Krista Winship, LaGrange, MO; Heather Burkett, Maroa, IL; Jonathan Mackey, Strongsville, OH; and Hope Shelton, Fieldon, IL
Grants from this fund are distributed to students currently enrolled at HLG.  Selections are made on the basis of Christian commitment, previous achievements, acknowledged need, and strong character.

FBLA-PBL Scholarship: Heather Burkett, Maroa, IL
The FBLA-PBL Scholarship is awarded annually to a student or students who declare a business or office occupation major and who are active PBL members planning to return in the fall.  It is funded by FBLA chapters in District 7 and by the Hannibal-LaGrange College Gamma Alpha Beta Chapter of Phi Beta Lambda.

Outstanding PBL Member(s) Award: Jeriod Turner, Hannibal, MO; and Arica Alton, Auxvasse, MO
The Outstanding PBL Member Award is based on exemplary leadership and attitude during their time as a PBL member.

The Department of Business Recognition Award: Jeriod Turner, Hannibal, MO
The Department of Business Recognition Award is chosen based on academic excellence in the business department, as well as overall good attitude and character..

Vanskike Service Award: Shaun Skiles, St. Charles, MO
This award is given to the HLG student who shows exemplary responsibility in coordinating service projects and mission trips for the College.

George Walley Memorial Athletic Award: Jennifer Morrison, Westfield, NY
This award was established by Jo Walley and friends and family in honor of her husband, George.  It is given to the varsity basketball player with the highest CGPA.

J.C. Wiseman Memorial Endowed Scholarship: Aimee Alton, Auxvasse, MO
Established in 1987 by Martha Belle Wiseman in memory of her husband, J. C. Wiseman, a long-time resident of the Maywood, Missouri, community, this scholarship is awarded to a worthy student of high moral standing who demonstrates a desire to complete his/her education.

Who's Who Among Seniors at Hannibal-LaGrange College: Megan Swaringim, Hannibal, MO; and Cameron Beckerdite, Versailles, MO
This award is given to one male and one female student in the senior class in recognition of academic achievements and exemplary campus citizenship.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations