The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club has a long tradition of awarding scholarships to Duneland students in pursuit of furthering their education.
In 2020, the Club awarded five, $1500 scholarships each named for an influential rotary club member, one who exemplified our motto of service above self throughout their personal and professional life.
Scholarships are funded through our club fundraisers.
Dirk Baer Scholarship
Awarded to a student seeking seeking a degree in vocational or trade field, including a degree in communications, journalism, technology, management, or public service.
Dirk Baer was the deeply rooted in the Duneland School Corporation, served on the Chesterton police commission and was an active Rotarian. He earned a master’s degree from Indiana University. He earned his Doctorate in Education from Ball State University in 1987. Dirk’s life work was public education. He began his career in 1977 as a government, economics, and
Spanish teacher in the Oregon Davis School Corporation. While there, he coached junior high basketball and varsity golf. During his summers, Dirk served as a driver’s education instructor for Culver Military Academy. In 1980 Dirk became assistant principal at Oregon Davis Jr.-Sr. High school. He then served as Principal there from 1981-1987. In 1987 Dirk began his career in the Duneland School Corporation as the Principal of Chesterton High School. He served as principal there for six years. He loved every minute he spent with the students and staff. He was dedicated to his profession, but more importantly the people he served. In 1992 Dirk became the Superintendent of Finance for the Duneland School Corporation. Beginning in 2002 he served the Duneland School Corporation as Superintendent of Schools. Dirk retired from Duneland Schools in 2013 after 26 years of dedication and service. While in Rotary, he had the honor of being named a Paul Harris Fellow, formed the “hardest working committee” and coined the phrase “you can’t win if you’re not in.
Caroline Ausema is the 2020 recipient of the Dirk Baer Scholarship. Ausema plans to study Computer Science at Purdue University with the goal of assuming a leadership position after she graduates. Her service work includes a volunteer trip to Nepal with “Royal Servants” where she and her team delivered feminine sanitary pads to remote villages. Ausema said, “As I leave the bubble of Northwest Indiana to study Computer Science at Purdue University, my goal is to be aware of opportunities that arise to serve my community. By doing so, I want to encourage others to find a type of work that uses their passions and talents, with a central focus on bettering lives that were not given the same opportunities. Uplifting women through my volunteer work has been my life’s most fulfilling experience.”
Warren H. Canright Scholarship
Awarded to a student seeking a degree in vocational studies, including nursing, drafting and industrial arts.
Warren Canright was a founding member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club in 1960, and served as a dedicated member, attending and participating in meetings each week until his passing in October 2014. Warren began working at the Chesterton Tribune
part-time as a teenager in the letterpress days of linotypes and hot lead that lead to a 65 year career as reporter, printer, editor and publisher. Warren graduated from Chesterton High School in 1944. For his athletic accomplishments and in recognition of the Tribune’s decades-long support of CHS boys and girls sports, he was inducted into the Chesterton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. After high school he served in the U.S. Army in World War II as a combat infantryman in 290th Regiment, 75th Division. Warren participated in the crossing of the Rhine and the encirclement of the Ruhr Pocket, earning a Bronze Star. After his military service, Warren attended at Indiana University, Bloomington, and earned a degree in journalism and political science in 1949. He was a lifelong supporter of public schools and an advocate of the Duneland community, helping to publicize numerous service organizations, youth sports leagues and church groups. For his many years of dedicated service to the Duneland Community, both as a professional and volunteer leader, this scholarship was named in his honor.
Hannah Stewart is the 2020 recipient of the Warren Canright Scholarship. Stewart plans to study nursing at St. Mary’s College with the goal of becoming a labor and delivery nurse. Her service work includes volunteering with Educational Helpers where she raised money to provide children with school supplies. She embraced helping others throughout high school by participating in the Natural Helpers program. “My passion is helping others. I want to make a lasting impact on the community while helping as many people as I can,” Stewart says, “Helping others has made me the best version of myself that I can be.”
Alfred P. Nelson Scholarship
Awarded to a student seeking a degree in any field.
Alfred Nelson was an educator and administrator at Chesterton High School who made his mark in the Duneland community through his volunteer work before his passing in 2005. He was active in a variety of local religious, service, and youth organizations throughout his time in Chesterton.
Al joined the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club in 1966 and served
in every office of the club as well as club delegate to several Rotary International conventions. He was a member of the Indiana Association of Secondary School Principals and charter member and past president of the Indiana Dunes Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity. Al was also a member of Calumet Lodge No. 379 F & AM, Scottish Rite, Valley of South Bend and was director of the Purdue North Central Alumni Association. He was involved with the Boys Club of America, Boy Scouts, 4-H, Little League and as a board member and was an officer and very active in the Chesterton United Methodist Church.
Josh Sweet is the 2020 recipient of the Alfred Nelson Scholarship. Sweet plans to study finance and mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology with the goal of finding a job that would allow him to use both of his degrees such as an actuary or eventually a CFO. His service work includes his Eagle Scout project which was to renovate the courtyard at his middle school. The project ultimately took 508 hours with 64 volunteers over 4 months. Sweet said, “This was a great experience for me that has helped me understand the saying, he profits most who serves best. I was able to learn valuable lessons that have proven useful many times since.”
George Kriviskey Scholarship
Awarded to a student pursuing a degree in education, science field, or public service.
George Kriviskey was former principal of Chesterton High School from 1959 to 1966 and served the Duneland school system in various positions until 1972. George was open and accessible to
students as principal and his volunteerism and service orientation were models for many. He was also instrumental as a leader in forming the Duneland Athletic Conference. As a member of the Chesterton-Porter Rotary, George achieved 35 years of perfect attendance at club meetings. He was a past President of Rotary and a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award and the Ed Pearson Award. He was a member of Michiana Chapter 105 of the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization that greatly influenced his life and perspectives to teach and help others. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, was an ROTC instructor and a member of the National American Legion. Alfred Nelson who worked closely with George was quoted as saying, “In the 33 years of our friendship, I never heard George utter an unkind word about anyone.” George was an active member of the community until his death in 1993 at age of 84.
Alan Stirling is the 2020 recipient of the George Kriviskey Scholarship. Stirling plans to study Pre-Professional Health Services at Purdue University with the goal of attending medical school and a residency is psychiatry. His service work includes serving as the Executive of Girls Rising and Director of the Family Supply Center. “I have learned the value of sympathy and how important it is to meet social issues with action,” Stirling said. “I would like to be a beacon of change that stresses the importance of the Rotarian motto, Service Above Self.”
William “Bill” Carmichael Scholarship
Awarded to a student seeking a degree in any field.
William “Bill” Carmichael, a long time Chesterton resident and Rotarian dedicated his life to community service through Porter County politics for more than 30 years until his death in 2008. Carmichael attended and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1949. He served in the U.S. Navy for five years aboard a submarine tender during the Korean conflict.
He opened Carmichael Dental Laboratory on Calumet Road and
involved in serving his town and community. He served 12 years as an at-large member
of the Porter County Council and 16 years as North Porter County Commissioner. As a Porter County Council member during his three terms, Carmichael often championed county funding for social service programs and court programs assisting juveniles. His
interest in the well-being of the community goes back for decades, having served in such positions as post-prom chairman, Sunday School teacher, Cub Scout master, coordinator of a local Bike Rodeo, and leader of the 1968 United Fund drive in Westchester Township. Bill was also a founding member of the local YMCA, and was called “one of the community’s young men most responsible for the Y’s progress to date.” Bill was also a charter member of the North Porter County Conservation Club. His greatest accomplishments included the establishment of a county-wide ambulance service and his role in saving the South Shore Railroad passenger service in the late 1980’s. He was also instrumental in building the Porter County Expo Center and establishing the County’s first County park board. He was quoted as saying, “I stand firm for good government and for fair play.” Bill Carmichael’s life and work indeed exemplified Service Above Self. The scholarship in his honor is intended to reward students of similar intentions and ideals.
Ryan Herr is the 2020 recipient of the William "Bill" Charmichael Scholarship. Herr plans to study Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University with the goal of earning his degree and working in the design and production of automobiles. He plans to continue his education and earn his Master’s degree taking night classes while working. His service work includes tending a garden along side his mother that provided for his church’s food pantry while in middle school. When all his friends were playing outside or watching TV, he was weeding, trimming plants, and harvesting the vegetables. Herr said, “Service is not always the easiest or most fun thing to do. However, when I am older and I reflect on my life, I will look back on those grueling hours of gardening and see that this moments of service were what truly made me happy.”