Bruce Penwell, Jr. Scholarship Recipients Announced


Published on July 10 2017 10:52 am
Last Updated on July 10 2017 10:52 am
Written by Greg Sapp


Bruce Penwell, Jr. was born in Pana and graduated from Beecher City High School. He attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked in sales and marketing in the animal health industry. After living and working for several years in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has now retired to St. Joseph, Michigan. However, Penwell has never forgotten his ties in Effingham and Shelby counties, even when living on the other side of the country. In 2016, Penwell established the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Designated Fund to support organizations located in Effingham, Beecher City, Shelbyville and Pana. A portion of his fund is dedicated to two scholarships for Beecher City High School graduates. One scholarship supports students majoring in education in memory of Mabel Laue, a former Beecher City Elementary School teacher. The second scholarship provides financial support to students pursuing a nursing degree, in memory of Elva Jennings Penwell. The Penwell fund awarded its first scholarships (each valued at $3,000) in May 2017.

Sarah Kirchhofer is the recipient of the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Teaching Scholarship. Sarah will attend Lake Land College in the fall and will major in elementary education.

Sydney Waldhoff received the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Nursing Scholarship. Sydney will attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Bruce Penwell, Jr. is just one of the number of people who have set up funds to give back to their community, even when they no longer live locally. To learn more about setting up a fund to support your hometown, call 217.342.4988 or visit