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VU Foundation announces Polk-Decker Scholarship recipients

August 4, 2017 / VU Foundation announces Polk-Decker Scholarship recipients

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VINCENNES, Ind. - The Vincennes University Foundation’s Polk-Decker Scholarship Committee has announced the recipients of its respected Polk-Decker Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  The recipients are Elysa Moreland of Bicknell, and Vincennes residents Bryan A. Andrews, Anna Donovan, Madilyn Goodwin, Katie L. Keller, and Ann Marie Wild.

Elysa Moreland (Bicknell), daughter of John and Larisa Moreland, will major in elementary education with a minor in early childhood development.  She has been a member of the North Knox High School National Honor Society; Student Council; Class Act Show Choir; cheerleading, softball, basketball, and soccer; French Club; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America; Students Against Destructive Decisions; Prom Committee; and Football Homecoming Court.  Moreland is a member of Word of Life Church, was crowned Miss Bicknell Heritage Labor Day Queen 2016, volunteered with Ablaze Youth Conferences, and coached the 12U summer softball team. She has done babysitting, been an intern with PACE Head Start, and is employed with North Knox Swimland as a lifeguard.

Bryan A. Andrews (Vincennes), son of Jonathan C. and Pamela A. Andrews, will study history, with an interest in business corporate law.  While at Rivet High School he served as sophomore and senior class president and participated in Social Studies Academic Club; National Honor Society; Students Against Destructive Decisions; Student Council; Hoosier Boys State; Indiana State Page Program; Knox County Teen Court; track and field, basketball, and baseball.  Andrews has volunteered with the Indiana Military Museum, George Rogers Clark National Historic Park Junior Ranger Program, and the Vincennes Youth Soccer Association. He participated in a historical movie and documentary filmed in Knox County, as well received numerous awards.  He has been employed with Sian Oil & Gas Company and as a movie crew assistant. 

Anna Donovan (Vincennes), daughter of Todd and Brenda Donovan, will major in business.  While at Vincennes Rivet High School she participated in National Honor Society, Spell Bowl, English Bowl, Social Studies Bowl, varsity volleyball (captain), varsity basketball (captain), varsity tennis, varsity track and field, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Youth Leadership Knox County, Rotary Interact (vice president), and Key Club.  She has volunteered for Loaves and Fishes, Red Cross, Good Samaritan, Sacred Heart Church choir, and participated in a mission trip to Tennessee. She has been employed at Rainbow Beach, Donovan & Donovan (janitorial work), and babysitting.

Madilyn Goodwin (Vincennes), daughter of Cher L. Elliott and Larry G Goodwin, Jr., will major in general studies with the intent to transfer to the University of Southern Indiana to earn a degree in dental hygiene.  While at Vincennes Lincoln High School she was involved in National Honor Society, Pride of the Green Marching Band, Color Guard, Youth Advising Council, and Youth Leadership Knox County.  Her work experience includes Zip & Sip, Jay C’s, and Vincennes YMCA.

Katie L. Keller (Vincennes), daughter Christopher and Kristy Keller, will major in social work.  As a student at South Knox High School Keller was involved in National Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, Spanish Club, Key Club, and cadet teaching.  She is employed by Summer Harvest Produce and continues to clean houses.

Ann Marie Wild (Vincennes), daughter of Jeremy and Caren Wild, will major in elementary education with a focus in special education, mild intervention.  While at South Knox High School Wild participated in volleyball (captain), cadet teaching, National Honor Society, Key Club, and Student Council.  Wild is employed at Sarah’s Stride Rite and Family Footwear.


The Polk-Decker 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 will award an excess of $1.4 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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