May 17, 2017.  The Oxford Rotary Club gathered at its annual luncheon to honor the Hefner Fund awardees.
 
Eight scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors at Talawanda High School, as follows:
 
$1,000 scholarships to:
 
Alex Bowie, attending Ohio State University to study Biomedical Engineering
Natalie Cobb, attending Ohio State University to study Chemical Engineering and Biology 
Elijah Frazier, attending the University of Cincinnati to study Biology
Emily Froude, attending Miami University to major in International Studies
Adam Mandrell, attending Ohio Northern University in their Pre-Pharmacy/Doctor of Pharmacy program
Peter Whiteman, attending Ohio University to study Engineering
 
$2,000 scholarships to:
             
Beth Hansford, attending the Good Samaritan College of Nursing
Cody Kiefer, attending Wilmington College to study Agrimony.
 
The Hefner Fund also made grants to thirteen programs and initiatives, as follows:
 
 
Talawanda School District-scholarship support for the eighth-grade class trip to Washington, D.C.
Talawanda Middle School-support for the Sandy Hormell Community Book Celebration
United Way of Oxford-support for the Back to School Supplies program
Space Camp- support for fifth grade students to attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, as part of the new STEM program  
Oxford Literacy Team-grant for the Super Summer Readers program
Coalition for a Healthy Community-Oxford Area-grant for programs to support obesity reduction/prevention for youth in our community
Kramer Elementary School: support for presentations by an author and illustrator
Talawanda Middle School-support for the Bel Canto Honor Choir to compete in a music festival in Chicago
Miami Little League- a grant to support its Little League Baseball /Softball programs
Talawanda High School - a grant to support two boys to attend the Buckeye Boys State program; scholarship support for the Talawanda Band
Respect for Law Camp – a grant to support this program to help youth understand law enforcement and respect for officers
Talawanda School District -  awards to four high school students participating in our Rotary Club’s Four Way Test speech contest