Sam Potter Memorial Scholarship

Sam Potter

Samuel Clinton Potter attended DeWitt Central High School from 1977 to 1981. He was a very involved student in music and theater. Since he was a child, he enjoyed entertaining his friends and family by performing magic tricks or putting on plays in his living room, often making his four brothers and sisters the guinea pigs. His love for performing never died, and Sam went on to achieve his bachelors and masters in theater and performing arts. It is a passion he carried with him all his life. He especially enjoyed writing screenplays and making short films. Arguably, Sam was happiest doing what he loved: providing thoughtful and sustainable entertainment to all who appreciated theater, creative writing, or other performing arts, whether it be music, poetry, or acting. His family is honored to present this scholarship to an outstanding student who shares the same passion for the performing arts as Sam did.

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Scholarship Amount: $500
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Elvis and Evelyn Wieck Fine Arts Scholarship

Evelyn & Elvis Wieck

Music and creative arts were always important to life-long Clinton County residents Elvis and Evelyn Wieck. They farmed in Olive Township until their retirement in 1978. When Elvis passed away in 2015, Evelyn decided to establish this scholarship in both of their names.

Elvis played piano and button accordion by ear from an early age. The only formal musical training he had was when he played saxophone in the Calamus High School band. The accordion remained his favorite instrument. He always had a tune in his head and loved to play for family and friends. After retiring from farming, he played for 20 years with the “The Highway 30 Band” entertaining at area nursing homes and senior centers.

Evelyn began sewing her own clothes as a young girl. In high school she helped with costumes for school plays. She sewed numerous garments for herself and her family and did restoration work for the Central Community Historical Museum in DeWitt for many years. In the 1970s her daughter wanted to take an art class and there was none offered at the high school, they attended an adult education evening art class together and Evelyn discovered that she also enjoyed painting.

Neither Elvis nor Evelyn ever had a chance to have much formal musical or artistic training. This scholarship will help deserving students from Clinton County follow their dreams and discover their talents in fine arts.

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Scholarship Amount: $500
Requirements: