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$50,000 Hankish scholarship fund established

Anyone who knew the late Theda Hankish realized her love of students and education. At the October meeting of the Bluffton school board action will take place in behalf of Theda's estate that will help students in the Bluffton schools further their education.

The Bluffton School Board will approve and set into motion the Hankish Scholarship Endowment Fund. The fund, from Theda's estate, is in the amount of $50,000 according to Greg Denecker, Bluffton superintendent.

Once established, the fund will generate an annual one-time scholarship of $1,000 for a Bluffton High School student who intends to enter the teaching profession.

Theda graduated from Bluffton High School and grew up in a family interested in education. A teacher herself, she spent most of her career in the Catholic School System in Lima.

We are grateful to Theda, the quiet lady who in her retirement years loved to spend time sitting on her Main Street porch. She thought enough of Bluffton students to leave an impressive endowment to the community.

Over time we will witness a great number of Bluffton students who will benefit from her thoughtfulness.

Thank you, Theda. Your endowment is a gift to the entire community.