Retired teacher recipient of national award

Marianne Cullers, Manhattan, recently won the National Retired Teachers Association’s With Our Youth! Award for creating the HAND TO HAND program.

Cullers retired from teaching high school math in 1995 due to chronic health problems but continued working in the community as a high school math tutor. A year later, she started the program as a means to help students who needed individual help but could not afford traditional tutoring.

The HAND TO HAND program provides academic and emotional support for students who are at risk for at least one factor: low income, single-parent, minority, immigrant, non-English speaking homes, and learning disabilities. The program combines more than 120 children and 100 volunteers.

Cullers received a $250 grant for her efforts as director of the program.

Former professor, mayor earns book award

Retired K-State professor and former city mayor Robert Linder and his co-author Stuart Piggin recently won an award for their book “The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History.”

The award recognizes and encourages excellence in Australian Christian writing and carries a $3,000 prize.

The book chronicles what it calls “landmark account of the impact of evangelical Christians” in Australia. A second volume of the book is expected to be released before Christmas.

Fort Riley spouses win scholarships

Ramsey Deheck, Elizabeth Kerns and Jennifer Re, all from Fort Riley, are three recipients of $5,000 scholarships from the Corvias Foundation.

“As military spouses, they endure deployments, frequent moves and hectic schedules that have the tendency to make finishing a degree particularly challenging,” said John G. Picerne, Founder of Corvias Foundation. “Corvias Foundation established this scholarship program 13 years ago in an effort to combat those hurdles, and we are delighted to continue our support with our newest class of recipients.”

Deheck is a first-generation student and military spouse. She is completing her final year of a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Kansas State University. Ramsey is married to her high school sweetheart, who is an Officer (O-2, 1LT) in the Army.

Kerns, whose husband is an Enlisted SPC (E-4) in the Army, is currently working toward her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

Re is studying to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Washburn University and hopes to work with children at St. Jude’s as a nurse. She earned her GED after becoming a military wife and is halfway to receiving her bachelor’s. Jennifer is married to her husband who is an E-6 Enlisted SSG, and together they have two daughters.

Local student scholarships

Bridgett Sutton, Manhattan, received the Delappe Nursing Scholarship and Miller Family Scholarships. Sutton is a senior majoring in nursing at Pittsburg State University.

Tammie Melton, Manhattan, received the Norma R. Hollen Scholarship. She is studying apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University.