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Chesterton-Porter Rotary offers scholarships for 2016 CHS grads

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Chesterton High School graduating seniors are encouraged to apply for Rotary scholarships by Friday, April 8.

Information and applications are available in the CHS Career Center or online via the link The deadline to return a completed application to the Career Center is Friday, April 8, 2016.

The scholarships honor the service and memory of four very service oriented and educationally focused Rotary leaders. Students (seeking either a 2 or 4 years degree) can apply for one or all four of the scholarships listed below:

*  Warren H. Canright Vocational Scholarship--$1,500. For a student seeking a degree in vocational studies, such as Nursing, Drafting, Industrial Arts or a degree in Communications, Journalism or Economics.

*  William Carmichael Open Scholarship--$1,500. For a student seeking a degree in any field.

*  George Kriviskey Teaching Scholarship--$1,500. For a student pursing a degree in Education, Research or Science related field.

*  Alfred P. Nelson Open Scholarship--$1,500. For a student seeking a degree in any field.

Warren H. Canright was a founding member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club in 1960, and served as a dedicated member, attending and participating in meetings each week until his passing in October of 2014. Warren began working at the Chesterton Tribune part-time as a teenager in the letterpress days of linotypes and hot lead that lead to a 65 year career as reporter, printer, editor and publisher. Warren graduated from Chesterton High School in 1944. For his personal athletic accomplishments and in recognition of the Tribune’s decades-long support of CHS boys and girls sports, he was inducted into the Chesterton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After high school he served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a combat infantryman in the 290th Regiment, 75th Division. Warren participated in the crossing of the Rhine and the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket, earning a Bronze Star. After his military service, Warren attended Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned a degree in journalism and political science in 1949. He was a lifelong supporter of public schools and an advocate of the Duneland community, helping to publicize numerous service organizations, youth sports leagues and church groups. For his many years of dedicated service to the Duneland Community, both as a professional and volunteer leader, this scholarship was named in his honor.

William “Bill” Carmichael, a long time Chesterton resident and Rotarian dedicated his life to community service through Porter County politics for more than 30 years until his death in 2008. Carmichael attended and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy for five years aboard a submarine tender during the Korean conflict. He opened Carmichael Dental Laboratory on Calumet Road and became involved in serving his town and community. He served 12 years as an at-large member of the Porter County Council and 16 years as North Porter County Commissioner. As a Porter County Council member during his three terms, Carmichael often championed county funding for social service programs and court programs assisting juveniles. His interest in the well-being of the community goes back for decades, having served in such positions as post-prom chairman, Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout master, coordinator of a local Bike Rodeo, and leader of the 1968 United Fund drive in Westchester Township. Bill was a founding member of the local YMCA, and was called “one of the community’s young men most responsible for the Y’s progress to date.” Bill was also a charter member of the North Porter County Conservation Club. His greatest accomplishments included the establishment of a county-wide ambulance service and his role in saving the South Shore Railroad passenger service in the late 1980’s. He was also instrumental in building the Porter County Expo Center and establishing the county’s first county park board. He was quoted as saying, “I stand firm for good government and for fair play.” Bill Carmichael’s life and work indeed exemplified Service Above Self. The scholarship in his honor is intended to reward students of similar intentions and ideals.

George Kriviskey was former principal of Chesterton High School, from 1959 to 1966, and served the Duneland school system in various positions until 1972. George was open and accessible to students as principal and his volunteerism and service orientation were models for many. He was also instrumental as a leader in forming the Duneland Athletic Conference. As a member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary, George achieved 35 years of perfect attendance at club meetings. He was a past President of Rotary and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the Ed Pearson Award. He was a member of Michiana Chapter 105 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that greatly influenced his life and perspectives to teach and help others. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, was an ROTC instructor and a member of the National American Legion. Alfred Nelson who worked closely with George was quoted as saying, “In the 33 years of our friendship, I never heard George utter an unkind word about anyone.” George was an active member of the community until his death in 1993 at age of 84.

Alfred Nelson was an educator and administrator at Chesterton High School who made his mark in the Duneland community through his volunteer work before his passing in 2005. He was active in a variety of local religious, service, and youth organizations throughout his time in Chesterton. Al joined the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club in 1966 and served in every office of the club as well as club delegate to several Rotary International conventions. He was a member of the Indiana Association of Secondary School Principals and charter member and past president of the Indiana Dunes Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity. Al was also a member of Calumet Lodge No. 379 F & AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of South Bend and was director of the Purdue North Central Alumni Association. He was involved with the Boys Club of America, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Little League and as a board member and was an officer and very active in the Chesterton United Methodist Church.


Posted 3/242016




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