Evansville Teachers FCU awards 10 $5,000 Ted Hitch Scholarships

EVANSVILLE, IN (April 15, 2020) — Ten high school seniors received a boost toward their college educations as recipients of Ted Hitch Scholarships, presented by Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union.

Each student will receive $5,000 toward freshman year expenses at the university of his or her choice. They were chosen by an independent panel from a pool of more than 100 applicants.

The 2020 recipients and their college plans:

  • Luke Browning, Castle High School, Purdue University, Engineering
  • Christina Butler, FJ Reitz High School, undecided, Biology / Human Biology in Pre-Med
  • Mykayla Couchenour, South Knox High School, Vanderbilt University, American Studies
  • Lucia Dahlquist, Castle High School, Indiana University or the University of Southern Indiana, German and English Literature for Secondary Education
  • Emma Goebel, North Posey High School, Purdue University, Biomedical Engineering in Pre-Med
  • Carson Herrell, Harrison High School, Purdue University, Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
  • Trenner Jones, North High School, Vanderbilt University or Purdue University, Engineering
  • Klemmer Nicodemus, Ohio County High School, University of Louisville, Chemical Engineering or Environmental Engineering
  • Abraham Stone, South Spencer High School, Indiana University, Marketing / Fashion Design
  • Jordan Yates, Tecumseh High School, University of Louisville, Biology for Pre-Med

The scholarships are named in honor of Theodore “Ted” Hitch Jr., a longtime mathematics teacher at Bosse High School who championed education. Hitch served as manager/CEO of ETFCU for 28 years, from 1961-1989. He passed away in 2016. Since the scholarships’ implementation in 1993, ETFCU has awarded more than $620,000 to 240 recipients. The award began with five $1,000 scholarships, increased to ten $2,000 scholarships in 2005, and increased again to ten $5,000 scholarships in 2015.

To be eligible, either the applicant or the applicant’s parents/guardians must be a member of ETFCU. Applications are expected to have a minimum 3.75 unweighted grade point average on a 4.0 grading scale, and the rigorous process includes submission of SAT and/or ACT testing scores, financial need, letters of reference, extracurricular activities, and an essay.

About Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union

ETFCU was founded by teachers from the Evansville school system and then-Evansville College in 1936, but has long been open to other prospective members and their families. The credit union has more than 212,000 members in all 50 states and eight nations, with assets of $1.8 billion, and leads the Evansville market in mortgage and auto loans.


Tim Ethridge
Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union

Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union
4401 Theater Drive Evansville, IN 47716
(812) 477-9271

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