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Knox County students receive VU Foundation’s Grabbe-Utley Scholarship

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VINCENNES, Ind. - The Grabbe-Utley Scholarship Committee of the Vincennes University Foundation has announced the five recipients of its prestigious Grabbe-Utley Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. The recipients are Abbi Marsh of Vincennes, Lauren Haveman of Monroe City, Brittany Page of Freelandville, Mary Rent of Sandborn, and Emmanuel Smith of Vincennes.

Abbi Marsh (Vincennes), daughter of Angela Marsh and James Marsh, will be majoring in Funeral Services. As a student at Lincoln High School, Marsh was involved in Track and a three year member for the National Art Honors Society.

Lauren Haveman (Monroe City), daughter of Tim and Lesli Haveman, will major in General Studies before transferring on to pursue Law or Agribusiness. While at South Knox High School, Haveman was involved in cheer, National Honor Society, Interact Club, Youth Leadership, Foreign Language Club, FACS Club, and 4H.

Brittany Page (Freelandville), daughter of Scott and Stacy Page, will major in Pre-Pharmacy. While attending North Knox High School, Brittany participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, Math Club, Youth Leadership Knox County, Cross Country and Track.

Mary Rent (Sandborn), daughter of Jana and Anthony Rent, will be majoring in Biology. As a student at North Knox High School, Rent was involved in Student Council, Robotics, Spelling Team, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Academic Team, Science Team, and Math Team.

Emmanuel Smith (Vincennes), son of LaMont and Karla Smith, will major in Exercise Science/Kinesiology. While a student at Lincoln High School, Smith participated in National Honor Society, Football, Basketball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth Leadership Knox County, and Champions Together.

The scholarships were made possible through a bequest from the late Carl and Kathryn Utley Grabbe, former owners of Wabash Parts, Inc., of Vincennes. They assure each recipient of funds for college tuition, fees, and books for higher education studies for two years at Vincennes University. Upon successful completion of those two years, the student will receive a scholarship for two additional years at VU or another baccalaureate college or university of his/her choice. Mr. and Mrs. Grabbe believed education was the key to personal strength and a higher quality of life and that the best way they could return their good fortune to the community was by endowing the scholarship.

In advancing the University’s missions of higher education and community service, the VU Foundation, through the generosity of their donors, administers endowments and contributions established by corporate and individual gifts as designated. During the 2020-21 school year, the Foundation has awarded in excess of $780 thousand dollars in scholarships to over 600 VU students.

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