2018 OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship recipients announced

May 9, 2018

Mark Schremmer


The OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship, which started in 1998, has already awarded more than $300,000 to students who are the children, grandchildren or legal dependents of OOIDA members.

During April’s OOIDA Board of Directors meetings in Grain Valley, Mo., the scholarship committee added to that total by announcing a new batch of scholarship recipients.

Each year, one $2,000 scholarship and four $1,000 scholarships are awarded. An alternate is also named each year. The funds are transferred directly to the student’s selected institution and can be renewed for a total of four years.

Here are the winners for 2018:

Rahul Paul
 is the son of member Aji Paul from Pearland, Texas. Rahul graduated from Robert Turner College and Career High School as the salutatorian in May 2017 and is attending the University of Houston with a major in biology.Andrew Inda is the stepson of member Richard Duncan from Rossville, Ill. Andrew was scheduled to graduate from Maroa-Forsyth High School in May. He has applied to six colleges with the intention to major in biology and pursue either a field in health or teaching.

Chase Huelle is the son of member Myron Huelle from Stanley, N.D. Chase was scheduled to graduate from Stanley High School in May. He has already been accepted to North Dakota State University, where he intends to major in pre-law.

Hanna Ward is the daughter of member Lonnie Ward from Basin, Wyo. Hanna graduated from Riverside High School in 2017 with a 4.0 grade-point average. She is attending Montana State University as a full-time student with a major in civil engineering.

Tony Rice is the son of member Gerald “Jerry” Rice of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pa. Tony graduated from Midd-West High School and is majoring in agribusiness management at Pennsylvania State University.

Cheriton Renee Johnson is the daughter of member Freddie L. Johnson Jr. from Orangeburg, S.C. Cheriton was scheduled to graduate from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School in May. She has been accepted to Winthrop University, where she plans to major in computer science.