December 3, 2023

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MVG Scholarship Fund

On this Memorial Day 2023 we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Humbly, the DART Media Group uses this day to celebrate Master Sergeant Mike Van Gorden and announce the opening of the application process for the scholarship which bears his name.

Open to any Shelby County 2023 graduating Senior, visit scholarship application page to apply for the Master Sergeant Mike Van Gorden Scholarship.

Just like last year applicants as part of the process can nominate someone for the 2nd annual Service Award. This is a service award given to someone in the community that made a difference in the life of an applicant. This award is available to anyone that gets nominated as part of the scholarship process.


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Previous Recipients of the Master Sergeant Mike Van Gorden Scholarship

YearRecipient NameSchool
2022Kenndy Pile – $1,000Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School
2022Mackenzie Shaw – $1,000Waldron Jr./Sr. High School
2021Kirk Van Gorden – $1,000Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School
2021Blair Lower – $1,000Shelbyville High School
2021Sydney Ebersold – $500Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School
2021Anick Hartsell – $500Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School
2020Decklan Pappano – $1,000Southwestern Shelby Jr./Sr. High School

Previous Recipients of the Master Sergeant Mike Van Gorden Service Award

YearRecipient NameNominee Name
2022Riley Children’s Hospital – $500 (pending)Mackenzie Shaw
2022Olivia Cassidy / Noble Happy Harvesters 4-H Club – $500Megan Bogemann