MOUNT VERNON — The Ariel Foundation has announced the recipients of $5,000 engineering scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Sean Badger, Erin Lawhon, Ryan Matthews and Matthew McDaniel have been awarded the Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarship; and Lauren Moore, Alan Orr and Shaye Tiell were awarded the James P. Buchwald Engineering Scholarship.

Badger graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2017 and is currently attending the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. He is in the University Honors Program and is the son of Keith and Deanna Badger.
Lawhon graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 2016 and is a junior at Grace College in the mechanical engineering program. She has maintained a 3.85 grade point average, has been on the dean’s list and was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success this past fall. She is the daughter of Ryan and Sara Rupp.

Matthews is a 2017 graduate of Fredericktown High School and is attending The University of Akron for an electrical engineering degree. He was a three-year member of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative through the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County and served as co-chair. He is the son of Ronald and Linda Matthews.

McDaniel is a third-time recipient of an Ariel Foundation engineering scholarship, entering his fourth year as a mechanical engineering student at The University of Toledo. McDaniel co-ops at Therma Tru Door in Butler, Indiana, learning about process flow as a process engineer, and is an East Knox High School graduate. He is the son of Donald and Renee McDaniel.

Moore attended the Knox County Career Center and graduated in 2016 from Mount Vernon High School. She currently attends Kent State University pursuing a degree in engineering technology with concentration in computer design, game design and animation. She was on the dean’s list in both the spring and fall semesters of 2017. Shee is the daughter of Margaret Moore.

Orr is a third-time recipient of an Ariel Foundation engineering scholarship. Entering his fourth year at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), he is pursuing his degree in motorsports engineering. As a Chancellors Scholar at IUPUI, Orr actively volunteers, helping the Ronald McDonald House, while also volunteering at a middle school and high school VEX robotics competition in Indianapolis. He is the son of Joseph and Katrinka Orr.

Tiell is a 2017 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and is studying biomedical engineering–biomechanics at The University of Akron. She is currently involved in the Society of Women Engineers and has volunteered for Food for the Hungry for the past eight years. She is the daughter of Bob and Gwen Tiell.

Knox County students who are pursuing an engineering degree at an accredited college or university should visit for annual scholarship eligibility guidelines.

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Sean Badger
Erin Lawhon
Ryan Matthews
Matthew McDaniel
Lauren Moore
Alan Orr
Shaye Tiell



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