Samantha Hansen's family has created a scholarship in her name. A benefit to raise money will be held Saturday, July 13 in Osgood.
(Versailles, Ind.) – Samantha Hansen’s dream to become a nurse and live a modest country life in Ripley County won’t happen, but a new scholarship in her name could help others realize their dreams.
Hansen was among three South Ripley High School students killed when two pickup trucks ran stop signs and collided on Fairgrounds Road last March 7. Classmates Jacob Vogel and Curtis Bowman also died.
“She would have graduated this June, but that wasn’t in God’s plan,” says Jenny Hansen, Samantha’s mother.
The 18-year-old from Holton planned to go to college, become a nurse, marry a country boy, and set up a farm in Ripley County with her pet cow, Daisy. She wanted to have four children.
“Samantha lived her life being happy, helping others, and loving her friends and family,” Hansen recalled.
The characteristic of helping others has inspired the Hansen family to establish the Samantha Hansen Memorial Scholarship. There will be a celebration of Hansen’s life that will also serve as a fundraiser to get the scholarship started.
“We want this to be a fun and happy way to help heal our family and the lives of our friends and community,” said Jenny. “By doing this we hope that Samantha’s life of service and love can continue in the lives of many others.”
The event will be at the Ripley County Fairgrounds in Osgood on Saturday, July 13, the day before Samantha’s 19th birthday. There will be entertainment, food, an auction, face painting, cupcake decorating, ATV rides, a bounce house, and fireworks at midnight.
Anybody willing to donate supplies – such as food, paper products, or items for the auction – should contact the Hansen family by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (812) 689-3539. Monetary donations or volunteers are also welcome.