VU Foundation announces Polk-Decker Scholarship recipients

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October 03, 2018

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Foundation’s Polk-Decker Scholarship Committee has announced the recipients of its respected Polk-Decker Scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.  The recipients are Kyle Blessinger and Grace Jones of Bicknell, Sarah Farley of Lawrenceville, and William Carie and Spencer York of Vincennes.

Kyle Blessinger headshotKyle Blessinger (Bicknell), son of Joe and Wynne Blessinger, will major in Athletic Training. While at North Knox High School, he participated in National Honor Society, soccer, basketball, Student Council, FCA, SADD, and Spanish Club. He has volunteered with Shop with a Cop, Spell Bowl, and many other activities through the National Honor Society. He is employed at Smith’s Bowhunting and Taxidermy.

Grace Jones headshotGrace Jones (Bicknell), daughter of Garry and Beverly Jones, will major in Elementary Education.  While at North Knox High School she participated in Warriorettes (captain); Drama Club; French Club; Track Manager; pep, jazz, and concert band; and athletic student trainer. She has volunteered with the Bicknell First Baptist Church Summer Lunch program as well as other programs at church, and at ArtVenture Camp. She was employed with Bicknell Swimland.

Sarah Farley photoSarah Farley (Lawrenceville), daughter of Michael Farley and Connie Farley, will major in Chemistry.  While at South Knox High School she participated in National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club, Art Honors Society, and the Prom Committee. She has volunteered in the Good Samaritan Hospital Pharmacy and with her church’s nursery.

William Carie photoWilliam Carie (Vincennes), son of Anthony and Nichole Carie, will major in Agribusiness. While at South Knox High School he participated in basketball, track and field, and Knox County 4-H where he earned several awards. He is employed at his family’s farm, Maurice Vieck and Sons, Inc.

Spencer York headshotSpencer York (Vincennes), son of Stephen and Michelle York, will major in General Studies.  While at Vincennes Lincoln High School he was involved in football, wrestling, baseball, track, Cheer Block, peer and tutoring, and he also volunteered in the local community. He has been employed by Jay C Foods, Matthew Keller Farms, and Vincennes Cub League.


The scholarships were made possible by the late Helen Polk-Decker of Vincennes.  Her love of learning was always a priority and she left a legacy to see that others could fulfill their dreams of higher education.  The scholarships assure each recipient of funds for college tuition, fees, and books for higher education studies each year for four years.

In advancing the University’s missions of higher education and community service, the VU Foundation, through the generosity of its donors, administers endorsements and contributions established by corporate and individual gifts, as designated.  During the 2017-18 school year, the Foundation awarded in excess of $1.7 million dollars in scholarships.

Additional information regarding the Polk-Decker Scholarship is available by contacting the VU Foundation, 812-888-4510, or at


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