SJC Names Presidential, Huhn, and Wilhelm Scholarship Recipients

March 17, 2014

Saint Joseph’s College has announced the recipients of the Presidential, Thomas J. Huhn, and Philip J. Wilhelm Class of 1963 Scholarships.

This year’s Presidential Scholarship recipients are Samantha Hoyt, Lacie Rieck, and Drake Fleck. The recipient of the Thomas J. Huhn Scholarship is Nicholas Morken.

Samantha Hoyt is a resident of East Dundee, Ill. The daughter of Kelley and Douglas Hoyt, she intends to major in Biology and join the Choir and Columbian Players at SJC. She also plans to participate in service opportunities. 

A student at Westminster Christian High School in Elgin, Ill., Hoyt plays volleyball and is a member of the Journalism Club, jazz band, choir, theatre, National Honor Society, drum line, varsity Science Olympiad, Blues & Barbers (an a capella ensemble), Philosophy Club, and Outdoors Club. Hoyt serves as a mission and community service volunteer and Sunday school teacher at her church, and she is the founder and coordinator of the Volley for Africa Charity.


Lacie Rieck of Kentland, Ind., is the daughter of Michael and Jami Rieck. She intends to major in Biology and get involved with Campus Ministry at SJC. Rieck attends the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities on Ball State University’s campus. She is a member of the swim team, choir, and theatre, and is heavily involved in campus ministry. She aspires to be a pediatric surgeon.


Drake Fleck of Reynolds, Ind., is the son of Dirk and Susie Fleck. He intends to major in Business and get involved with Campus Ministry, baseball, and student government at SJC. Fleck attends North White Jr.-Sr. High School in Monon, Ind. In 2013, Fleck was named All-Midwest Conference, All-Lafayette Area, and IHBCA All-State for baseball. He has served as vice president and co-president of the school’s student council and belongs to the National Honor Society. He is a Honey Creek Township 4-H member and youth group member of Monticello United Methodist Church. In 2012, he participated in the Monticello United Methodist Church Mission Trip to Costa Rica.

Nicholas Morken, the recipient of the Thomas J. Huhn Scholarship, is a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. The son of Daniel and Rebecca Morken, he intends to major in Criminal Justice at SJC. Morken attends Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne and is involved in choir and theatre. He was the captain of the football team, which won three state championships during his tenure. He also volunteers as a pontifical server.

The recipient of the Philip J. Wilhelm Class of 1963 Scholarship is Joseph Kalscheur of Indianapolis, Ind. Kalscheur, who is home schooled, is an Eagle Scout and organized and led tornado relief effort in Osgood, Ind. He was a youth agriculture captain at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Ind. Kalscheur intends to major in Business Administration at SJC and get involved with Campus Ministry.

The Presidential Scholarship is a full-tuition scholarship. Students wishing to compete must be admitted to SJC as a full-time degree-seeking student. Students must also be a recipient by January 15 of either an Honors Scholarship or a Deans Scholarship.

The Huhn Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, room and board scholarship. It is given to an incoming freshman who has exhibited exceptional leadership skills, maintained a cumulative 2.5 GPA, played basketball or football in high school, and resides and attends high school in Allen County, Ind. or its contiguous counties. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must complete the SJC admission process by January 31. If selected to compete for the scholarship, the student is invited to the on-campus portion of the competition, which consists of an interview by members of the Huhn Scholarship Committee.

The Wilhelm Scholarship is a four-year scholarship for an incoming freshman who is a resident of Marion County, Ind., demonstrated community service in Marion County, and maintained a minimum of 3.00 GPA. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must complete the SJC admission process by February 7.  If selected to compete for the scholarship, the student is invited to interview with members of the Wilhelm Scholarship Committee.

For questions on the Presidential, Huhn, or Wilhelm scholarships, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.447.8781.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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