Four scholarships of $1,000 each were awarded by The Robert D. Stearnes Memorial Foundation to outstanding college-bound graduating seniors at DeKalb High School’s Senior Honors Night on May 25.
This year’s recipients of the Stearnes Memorial Scholarships were Edward Bobo Jr., Josephine Hoppenworth, Devonte Merrick and Lou Peckys.
The scholarships have been given by the foundation each year beginning in 2000 in memory of Bobby D. Stearnes, a 1986 graduate of DeKalb High School who died in 1998 of a sudden asthma attack at the age of 30. Students receiving these awards must meet the criteria of leadership, scholarship, citizenship and sportsmanship, which are qualities exemplified by Bobby Stearnes throughout his life.
The Robert D. Stearnes Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that was founded by Bobby's family to continue the legacy he left of giving and making a positive difference in the lives of others.