The Wayne County Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of two new scholarships to benefit students attending Lincoln and Hagerstown High Schools.

Local philanthropists Chance and Lora Bunger founded and provided support for the endowed funds. Since the Bungers decided to establish endowed funds at the Foundation, they will award annually to local students in perpetuity.

‘The generosity, altruism, and forward-thinking of Chance and Lora offers a glimpse as to why this community is so wonderful,’ Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Gilliam shared. ‘We are so appreciative to have a relationship with these special people.’

The Ray Willard Memorial Scholarship will provide support for Lincoln High School graduates who demonstrate financial need and intend to pursue post-secondary education. Named in memory of Mr. Willard, a well-known farmer in Western Wayne County, who is fondly remembered as someone who not only preached the importance of attending college to his children and grandchildren, but also a financially supported their education as well.

A second scholarship, the Bill and Barbara Bunger Scholarship, will support graduates from Hagerstown High School who demonstrate financial need and intend to pursue education in the building trades. Bill Bunger is a ‘Hagerstown area legend’, who spent a quarter-century in the school as both a coach (golf, basketball, and cross-country) and an administrator. After retiring in 2006, Bill and Barbara moved to Florida for a ‘well-deserved retirement’. They have enjoyed more than fifty years of marriage.

Additional support of the Ray Willard Memorial Scholarship was provided by Brad and Alejandra Barkley, Bill and Barbara Bunger, Shannon and Melinda Bunger, Kenneth and Dana Burk, Chris and Neelam Evans, Thomas G. Ferkinhoff, CPA, Dr. John Hill, Jill Lees, Lori and Dana Nollette, Giovanni Poletti, Larry and Missy Russell, Tammy Savoy, David Wilhite, and Chad Worl.