For the 51st year in a row the Methodist Men’s (UMM) organization at the First United Methodist Church in Chester has presented local students with scholarships to attend college. This year five Chester Methodist students have been presented awards from the UMM. The 2012-2013 recipients include Hannah Wunderlich, Kaylyn Nation, Noah Wunderlich, Chad Koenegstein and John Paul Wunderlich. The scholarships were presented during the regular church service Sunday May 27, 2012.
The scholarship program began in 1962 as a memorial to Jerry Lamkin who was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chester. Lamkin was the son of George and Katherine Lamkin of Chester who were also active members of the Methodist Church. Jerry was very active in the church and the church youth group. He was also extremely active in numerous functions and activities conference-wide.
On his way home to Chester from school one icy January evening, Lamkin was tragically killed in an auto accident. He was so well thought of by the people of the Methodist Church Conference that a Jerry Lamkin Scholarship was created to keep the memory of Lamkin alive.
From 1962 to 1972 the scholarship was funded and administered by all of the Methodist Men’s organizations in the conference. In 1972 the organization and management of the conference changed and there was no longer a structure and administrative body to continue the scholarship program. At that time the Methodist Men of Chester accepted responsibility for the program. The Chester UMM have funded and administered the Lamkin Scholarship since that time.
Records are not available prior to 1983; however since 1983 the Methodist Men of Chester have presented 58 Lamkin scholarships to 45 different students totaling $19,500.00. In the early years of the program applicants had to be members of the Methodist Church and had to be attending McKendree College with the goal of being a preacher to be eligible for the Lamkin Scholarship.
Since 1972 those requirements have been relaxed. Now applicants only have to be members of the First United Methodist Church in good standing who support the church with time, talents, gifts and service. For the 2012-2013 school year, Hannah Wunderlich was the applicant chosen to receive the Lamkin Scholarship.
Hannah is the daughter of Roy and Mary Wunderlich of Chester. All are members of FUMC in Chester. Hannah was home-schooled throughout grade school and high school. She graduated high school with a 3.8 grade point average. She just completed her freshman year at Cedarville University in Indiana where she maintains a 3.4 grade point average.
She is an active member of the United Methodist Women and was active in 4-H throughout her grade school and high school careers. Hannah attended Chrysalis from 2008-2012. In 2008-2009 she served as Secretary of her 4-H group.
Hannah volunteers at the Christian Area Food Pantry in Chester and is quite active at the First United Methodist Church where she is a nursery volunteer, a liturgist and Sunday School and Bible School teacher. Hannah plans to graduate from Cedarville in 2015 and intends to earn her degree in nursing.
Page 2 of 3 - In 1997 Elbert and Mabel Hoppe founded the McNelly/Hoppe College Scholarship Program at the First United Methodist Church in Chester. The United Methodist Men’s group also administers this program. Criteria for eligibility for the McNelley/Hoppe Scholarship are very similar to that of the Lamkin Scholarship.
The Hoppe’s established the McNelly/Hoppe Scholarship in loving memory of their parents, John and Caddie Hoppe and John and Ellen McNelly, and Mabel’s brother, the Rev. Hugh McNelly. Hugh graduated from McKendree College and Drew Seminary in New York and became a Methodist preacher. He served charges in New York and New Jersey before retiring in 1985. On July 25, 1997 Rev. McNelley died at the age of 87.
During the 15 years of the McNelley/Hoppe Scholarship Program, the Methodist Men have awarded 52 scholarships to 36 different students in the memory of the Hoppe’s and the McNelly’s totaling $31,750.00.
The recipients of the 2012-2013 McNelly-Hoppe Scholarships are Kaylyn Nation, Noah Wunderlich, Chad Koenegstein and John Paul Wunderlich. All are active members at FUMC.
Kaylyn is the daughter of Keith and Kayla Nation of Freeburg, Illinois. Keith is the current Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Chester. Kaylyn attended Carl L. Barton Middle School and Freeburg Community High School.
In high school Kaylyn was involved in Future Business Leaders of America, FCCLA, Science Club and Spanish Club. She earned the distinction of being on the High Honor Roll and she was the recipient of the Science Learning Award. Kaylyn is a Venture Scout.
Miss Nation attends church regularly and teaches Sunday School. During the Sunday morning worship services she serves as a liturgist and she presents Children’s Moments.
This fall of 2012 Kaylyn will attend college at Murray State University where she intends to earn a degree in Criminal Justice. She plans to graduate in May of 2016.
Noah Wunderlich is the son of Roy and Mary Wunderlich of Chester. Noah was home-schooled from 1999-2011. He completed his high school studies and enrolled at Cedarville University in the fall of 2011.
Noah’s high grade point average was 4.0 and at Cedarville his freshman year he attained a 3.73 GPA. He was involved in 4-H, C.H.E.S.T. and the 4-H Steering Committee as a high school student. At Cedarville he is a member of Alpha Delta Nu.
While in high school Noah was a winner in the VFW Essay Contest and won 2nd place in 2007, 3rd place in 2008 and 1st place in 2009. He also won awards in the American Legion Essay Contest. He won 3rd place in 2007, 3rd place in 2008, 2nd place in 2009 and in 2010 he was the 1st place winner.
In the community Noah is a volunteer at the Chester Area Christian Food Pantry. He is also a very active member of the First United Methodist Church in Chester. At FUMC he works at United Methodist Men’s Pancake and Ham and Bean Dinners and he serves as a liturgist for worship services.
Page 3 of 3 - He is studying to be a law enforcement officer at Cedarville and plans to graduate in May of 2015.
Chad Koenegstein is the son of Bob and Pat Koenegstein of Chester. He graduated from Chester Grade School in 2006 and Chester High School in 2010. He is currently a junior at Murray State University where he is a Elementary Education major. He plans to graduate in December of 2013.
At Murray State Chad is a very active member of Christ Ambassadors. He also serves as a Student Ambassador orienting new students to the university. He is likewise a College of Education Ambassador.
He serves as a Summer Orientation Leader at Murray State and he is a member of the national Society of Collegiate Scholars and the corresponding Honor Society. When at college he attends Hope harbor Church. He is a coach for the Christian Fellowship High School Volleyball Team.
When Chad comes home to Chester he is very active at the First United Methodist Church where he serves as a liturgist and as a member of the United Methodist Men. He is a life-long member of FUMC.
John Paul Wunderlich is the son of Roy and Mary Wunderlich of Chester. The Wunderlich family attends church at the First United Methodist Church in Chester.
While in middle and high school John Paul was home-schooled and maintained a 3.86 grade point average. He was a member of 4-H, Teenpact, United Methodist Men and the United Methodist Church.
In 4-H he served as secretary, president and as the Extension Council representative. In 2011-2012 John Paul worked in the Green County Jail Ministry Program.
Mr. Wunderlich has been a life-long member of FUMC in Chester where he serves as liturgist, works for the Methodist Men’s Pancake Breakfast and UMM Ham and Bean Dinner. Last summer he was the Assistant to the Church Janitor.
Currently John Paul is a junior attending Cedarville University where he is a Clinical Psychology major. He plans to graduate in May of 2014.
The Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church in Chester are extremely proud of the five UMM College Scholarship recipients for the 2012-2013 school year. In the 51 years of offering the United Men’s College Scholarships the program has awarded a total of 110 scholarships to 81 different individuals totaling $51,250.00.