Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County Awards Scholarships

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Picture: Kasey Copeland graduating Senior from Jackson Center, Jennifer Bruns, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Justin McMiller graduating senior from Greenville High School receiving their scholarship during the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual board meeting.

Kasey Copeland, daughter of Kelly and Cindy Copeland, of Jackson Center, received a $500 scholarship which was awarded by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. Copeland a 2017 Jackson Center High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Bowling Green State University, majoring in Early Childhood Education to become an intervention specialist. Kasey stated that “My favorite part of Big Buddies was being able to see a change in my little buddy. He became more outgoing and participated more.” Other activities that she is involved in includes Junior Leaders, serving & volunteering at her church, Conservation Day camp, 4-H trash pickup, Fish Pond Food Pantry, and working a booth at the Logan County Fair.

Justin McMiller, son of Jeff and Stacey McMiller, of New Madison, also received a $500 scholarship which was awarded by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County. McMiller, a 2017 Greenville High School Graduate, plans to use the funds to pursue a degree at Ball State University, majoring in Accounting and minoring in criminal justice. Justin stated that “My favorite part of Big Buddies was seeing my little buddy get excited when I walked into the cafeteria. Knowing that I mean that much to him is a great feeling.” Other activities that he is involved in includes We Are the Majority, Key Club, Special Olympic volunteer, Rotary of Darke County Lemonade Shake up, Senior Citizens Day, Homeless Awareness project, and performing in the Wavaires.

In addition to our after-school program the agency has 82 community-based matches throughout Shelby and Darke County.  These matches meet with each other twice a month for outings which are planned around the volunteers own schedule.   The goal of the community-based program is to match a local child with an adult mentor, who can serve as a positive role model, and expose the child to enhancing and uplifting activities.  Currently the agency has 27 children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the program, so now is the time to think about how you could put a little sparkle into the life of a child!  If you are interested in becoming a mentor in our community-based program, please call 547-9622 or 492-7611 or go to our website at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org for more information.