Samantha Academia is a recipient of the 2020 Robert and Wanda McKibben Scholarship.
The Robert and Wanda McKibben Scholarship was created by Robert McKibben in memory of his wife and their life together. During his life, he planned for the establishment of the scholarship fund and established the criteria, which would be realized through his estate plan. Because of his planned gift, Mr. McKibben was a recognized member of The Community Foundation’s Legacy Society.
Robert and Wanda McKibben were both raised in Yorktown and graduated from Yorktown schools. They raised a family in the same area. “My parents were very active in their support of Yorktown sports, particularly high school basketball. So, my father directed that primary consideration be given to student athletes,” said Jeffrey McKibben, son of Robert and Wanda McKibben. “In addition, it was important that the prospective student distinguish themselves by their involvement in giving of their time and/or abilities to the Yorktown community.”
In 2019, the Robert and Wanda McKibben Scholarship transitioned from a single-year award to a four-year renewable scholarship in order to help students persist through college. It is awarded to graduating seniors from Yorktown High School planning to attend a four-year private or public Indiana institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, demonstrate good citizenship, and be a good person who is “willing to try.” Consideration is given to financial need, participation and leadership in school activities, involvement in community service activities, and involvement on Yorktown High School athletic teams. Preference is given to a first-generation college student.
Samantha plans to attend Indiana University to study nursing. She is the daughter of Omar and Aimee Academia