The students will hone their German language skills in Graz, Austria for six weeks.
BCEF executive director Anne Wilson (left), with Charles Laymon (middle) and Casey Werner. Photo provided.
(Batesville, Ind.) - The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is pleased to announce that the 2019 recipients have been selected for a sponsorship program which assists Batesville High School (BHS) students who want to study abroad during high school, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson. BHS students Charles Laymon and Casey Werner were chosen to each receive $2500 toward their program fees for the Indiana University (IU) Honors Program in Foreign Language. This program sends qualified high school students abroad for the summer to further their study of foreign language and to be immersed in another culture.
“From among the BHS students who qualified through IU and applied for our sponsorship program, our selection committee chose these two students to support financially,” Wilson explained. “Both Laymon and Werner will be honing their German language skills in Graz, Austria for six weeks. This sponsorship from BCEF pays for more than one-half of their program fees.”
The Andy Koors Legacy Fund was created by the Batesville Community Education Foundation after the nonprofit received the proceeds of a life insurance policy held by the former BHS German teacher who passed away unexpectedly in February 2017. The BCEF board of directors manages this fund to promote initiatives that it believes reflect the values displayed by Koors during his life, such as his dedication to foreign language and generosity to students. This sponsorship program, in its second year, is one of those initiatives, along with the new multi-purpose Bulldog Room at BHS, which will be dedicated this spring.
Information about the Andy Koors Legacy Fund can be found at https://batesvilleeducationfoundation.org/programs/andy-koors-legacy-fund/