IR Alumni award nearly $12,000 in scholarships

DAGSBORO – With IR Pride, the Indian River High School Alumni Association this month awarded an all-time high 13 scholarships to students of all ages.

A total of $11,850 was presented to college students and to recent high school graduates at the June 12 alumni meeting.

Ten recent grads won the $1,000 IR Pride Scholarship; three alumni won the $500 IR Pride Scholarships for current alumni; and one 2017 grad received a special memorial scholarship of $1,350.

The award celebrates school spirit, beyond the usual academics or athletics.

These winners have made IR a better place, through their smarts, skills and their positive actions to improve other students’ experiences, too.

The local community helped Indian River High School Alumni Association award 13 scholarships to alumni of all ages, including (from left): Lindsey Grow, Saray Lopez, Patrick Mochiam, John Keller, David Clark, Paige Troublefield, Melissa Woody, Margaret “Maggie” Ford and John Douds Jr. Scholarship recipients not pictured: Elizabeth “Betsy” Dupont Bare, Alexis “Lexi” Haden, Griffin McCormick and Samantha “Sami” Mumford.

Graduating senior winners of $1,000 are: Paige Troublefield, Samantha “Sami” Mumford, Patrick Mochiam, Griffin McCormick, John Keller, Alexis “Lexi” Haden, Lindsey Grow, Margaret “Maggie” Ford and David Clark.

College-level winners of $500 were Elizabeth “Betsy” Dupont Bare, John Douds Jr. and Melissa Woody.

The Marla Banks Daisey Memorial Scholarship was created to honor a former president of the IRHS Alumni Association, Class of 1976, who passed away last year. The $1,350 scholarship was presented to senior Saray Lopez, whose interests (a business management major, with experience in athletics, health sciences and foreign Language Activities Group) mirrored Marla’s own pursuits.

Scholarships are only made possible by the generosity of the community at the Annual Beef & Brew event, hosted every April.

With thanks, the alumni acknowledge major sponsors Avery Hall Insurance, Banks Wine & Spirits, Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, Gray’s Towing Service and Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS). They also thank the many businesses and individuals who donate auction items, alumni who buy tickets and guests who enthusiastically bid at each auction.

The scholarship season opens each spring, for both 12th graders and alumni of any age pursuing any level of degree. In five years, the alumni have given $31,500 in scholarships and are excited to give more.

“As seniors get ready to graduate, they don’t lose their green and gold. They don’t lose their ability to be Indian River High School students. What they do gain through is to become Indian River High School Alumni,” IRHS Principal E. Bennett Murray IV had told the seniors earlier this year.

The Indian River High School Alumni Association nonprofit formed in 2012 to connect alumni, while supporting and promoting IRHS. They meet monthly and always welcomes new members. The next meeting will be Monday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. at Pizza King in Millsboro.

Other alumni programs include facilitation of the IRHS outdoor sign, a new staff recognition program at IR and facilitation of the school’s annual Hall of Fame induction.

For the next alumni project, the community will soon see a new entrance sign at the student entrance near the football stadium.

Details are online at by emailing

Alumni, parents and friends of the school can join for free online.

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