Five earn McFadden scholarships

Register/Richard Luken
Area high school seniors chosen this year to receive the William Preston and Belvah McFadden Scholarship are, from left, Drew Mueller, Lauren Porter, Jacob Heffern, Kelsey Knisley and Shelley Herder.

Five standout Allen County high school seniors will receive up to $10,000 for their college educations through the William Preston and Belvah McFadden Scholarship Fund.
Iola High School seniors Jacob Heffern, Kelsey Knisley, Drew Mueller and Lauren Porter along with Shelley Herder of Humboldt High School will receive $2,500 per semester for the next two years.
The scholarship fund, in place since 1989, has paid out $807,500 to 127 Allen Countians.
The scholarships were created from the will of Jack E. McFadden, who wished to recognize students who excelled in academia and extracurricular activities.
“I want to congratulate you for being good students and qualifying for this scholarship,” said Jacque McFadden, fund trustee.
Jack McFadden attended schools in Iola before earning his degree at the University of Kansas. He also served in Vietnam, where an airplane accident left him a paraplegic.
Jack McFadden never had children, Jacque said, but understood the importance of a college education.
“Jack did very well with his investments, which is what is allowing this scholarship,” she said.
Heffern and Muller plan on attending Kansas State University, Heffern for electrical engineering and Mueller for athletic training. Knisley and Herder will attend Pittsburg State University. Knisley plans to study pre-medicine; Herder pharmacy. Porter will be a freshman at Kansas to study pharmacy.