COLUMBUS - The First United Methodist Church of Columbus awarded six 2017 Starr and Eugenia Smith Scholarships during worship service on Sunday, July 16.

This year’s recipients are: Logan Keller Benham, Christina Louise Epler, Timothy Joseph Epler, Jace Tanner McDown, Kody Shane Robinson, and Adison Ruth Swadley.

Five of the recipients will be attending Pittsburg State University this fall:

Swadley, senior, will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She plans to then immediately enter graduate school to obtain a Master’s Degree in School Guidance/Counseling. She is currently employed at Root Coffeehouse in Pittsburg.

Christina Epler, senior, is majoring in Graphic Communications. This fall semester, she will begin her fourth year as a member of the PSU marching band. She has a part-time position at Pizza Hut in Pittsburg.

Benham, sophomore, is majoring in Automotive Technology. He is employed at the Broadway Animal Hospital and teaches tennis.

Timothy Epler, incoming freshman, plans to study Electronics Engineering Technology. Like his sister, he will be a member of the PSU marching band. You can find him working at Brenda’s Berries this summer.

Robinson is currently taking online courses through Labette Community College and plans to attend PSU as a freshman this fall. He has not declared a major. He mows several lawns this summer.

McDown, an Emporia State University sophomore, is majoring in Health Promotion/Pre-PT. He is a line backer for the ESU Hornet football team. He has a part-time job at Nature’s Paradise, a health food/nutrition store in Emporia.