Sixteen area students, including six from the Hannibal area, are being awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and recognition awards from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

Sixteen area students, including six from the Hannibal area, are being awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and recognition awards from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

Recipients of the scholarships, most of which come from permanently endowed funds at the Community Foundation, will receive financial support towards the accredited post-secondary institution they are attending in the 2017-2018 school year.

This year’s local recipients include:

•Eric Jones, a graduate of Hannibal High School, received the Hannibal High School Class of 1955 Scholarship.

•Chloe Churchwell, a graduate of Palmyra Senior High School, received a scholarship from the Teresa Lynn Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

•Shannon DeHaan, Cooper Sutter, Trevor DeHaan and Ben Althoff, graduates of Palmyra Senior High School, received and renewed scholarships from the Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund.

Jones is a 2017 graduate of Hannibal High School. He will attend Missouri State University where he will major in pre-physical therapy and minor in business and entrepreneurship. He is the son of Eric and Talia Jones of Hannibal.

Chloe Churchwell is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra R-I High School. She will attend Moberly Area Community College where she will major in elementary education. She is the daughter of Eric and Cara Churchwell of Palmyra.

Shannon DeHaan is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School. She will attend Lake Land Community College in Mattoon, Ill., where she will major in agricultural education. She is the daughter of Kevin and Diane DeHaan of Taylor.

Cooper Sutter, a 2016 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends the University of Missouri and majors in crop management. Sutter received his second year of the renewable scholarship.

Trevor DeHaan, a 2015 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends Kansas State University where he majors in animal nutrition. Trevor DeHaan received his third year of the renewable scholarship.

Ben Althoff, a 2014 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends Northwest Missouri State University where he majors in agronomy with a concentration in precision and commercial agriculture. Althoff received his fourth and final year of the renewable scholarship.

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities.