Koch earns Psi Ote’s Bayless Memorial Scholarship

Karmen Koch
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The Phi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Sorority has announced that Karmen Koch, of Huntington, has received the 2019 Marjorie B. Bayless Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival.

Koch, a graduate of Huntington North High School, is the daughter of John and Joy Koch. The rising sophomore at Butler University is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree with a business minor. She currently carries a 4.0 grade point average.

At HNHS she ranked second in a class of 351, where she was treasurer of the National Honor Society chapter, a class council member, junior Rotarian, freshman mentor and Youth for Christ member. She also lettered in varsity soccer, basketball and track, and served as a captain, state qualifier and all conference standout, as well as chairman of the Student Athletic Board and Academic All-State. She also received the individual Impact Award for community service.

At Butler, Koch has participated on the women’s track and field team, Big East All-Conference, Butler Way Leadership Institute, Athletes in Action, math tutor, dean’s list, Indianapolis Near East Alliance, soccer referee and Bulldogs Into the Streets Volunteer Day.

In her essay, Koch states she was exposed to what the pioneer lifestyle might have looked like at a young age and sees it as an excellent teaching space for children.

“There are many interactive aspects of the festival that make learning our important pioneer history enjoyable,” she wrote. “Looking back on my time spent there, I can see how valuable my experiences were educationally.”