Lani Boyd of Fairfield announced the winners of the Vic Rail Scholarship Awards for 2018 at the annual awards assembly held in May at Fairfield High School.
Rail was Boyd?s great-uncle and a professor at Parsons College and later a teacher at Fairfield High School. His influence on his students was the prime reason for starting the scholarship foundation in his name in 1985.
Boyd is a director of the Vic Rail Scholarship Foundation and a teacher in the Fairfield Community School District. During her presentation, she commented on Rail?s influence on her and the fact that many of his students have entered teaching after graduating. She said it is the foundation?s hope the awards will influence the recipients toward a successful career.
The award is given annually to graduating seniors who will or who are studying in a mathematics-related field at the college of their choice.
Gannon Courtright was awarded $1,000. He is the son of Laurie and Jeff Courtright of Fairfield. He plans to attend the University of Iowa pursuing a career in mechanical engineering.
Steeler Higdon was awarded $1,500. He is the son of DeAnna Herman and Steve Higdon of Fairfield. He plans to attend the University of Iowa to become a mechanical engineer.
Shawn Spurrier was awarded $1,500. He is the son of Sheryl and Ronald Spurrier of Fairfield. He plans to attend Mancalester College majoring in statistics.
This is the 32nd year that these awards have been given at FHS, starting the year after Rail retired from teaching. A total of $74,250 has been awarded. The funds awarded come from the interest on investments. There are 35 active donors to the foundation.