Knoepflein scholarship fund conducts auction

By: 
Theo Tate

Stephanie, Travis and Sherry Knoepflein and Nancy Knoepflein Epstein (left to right) pose near the gravesite of Shannon Knoepflein. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Ever since the Shannon Knoepflein Scholarship Fund started in 2004, it has been getting strong support from the Montgomery City area.

More than $30,000 has been given back to high school students in the area through fundraising events such as barbecues, raffles and golf tournaments.

On Aug. 28, the scholarship fund held its first paddle auction at the Old Settlers Picnic Pavilion in New Florence. The event was a successful one as more than 150 items were given away.

“It was a really good time,” said Travis Knoepflein, the event coordinator. “We probably had over 100 people there. It was a huge turnout.”

The auction sold paddles for $7 each and had a 50/50 drawing and plenty of food and drinks. Knoepflein said the event lasted more than four hours.

“It was longer than any of us kind of expected because we had so many donations,” Knoepflein said. “Then, we had another 10 to 12 donations come in during the day before the auction started. It was a very long night, for sure.”

Four local high school students were awarded the Shannon Knoepflein scholarship for the 2019-20 school year. Travis Knoepflein, Shannon’s brother, said he is uncertain on how many scholarships will be given out for the 2020-21 school year. 

“We’re trying to get to $1,000,” the coordinator said. “Last year, I think we did $750 scholarships. In some years, we’ll have 20 applicants. We try to do a few more in those years. In some years, we would have as few as six or eight.”

The scholarship fund is named after a local native who was killed in a plane crash in Madison, Wis., while flying home to Kentucky on Aug. 1, 2004. The fund is a nonprofit organization and has three board members.

“We’ll read through the applicants that we get each year,” Travis Knoepflein said. “Each one of us picks who we think is the best candidate and we kind of go from there. That’s kind of how we do it. So I’ll pick one out, then my wife will pick one out and my mom will pick one out. We thought we should give out a fourth one because we all kind of thought the fourth candidate was a really good candidate. It’s pretty humbling that all of the small businesses in the Montgomery City area support us with that many gifts. It’s amazing.” 

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