COLUMBIA CITY — Through the combined efforts of Columbia City’s 1982 Junior Miss Shelley Sandel-Bach and Verizon, $1,600 will be added to the scholarship program of Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County.

This year’s event is Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium.

For her part in the scholarship money, Sandel-Bach participated in many volunteer activities in Denver, Colo., receiving credit from Verizon for the matching grant.

She was fourth runner-up at Indiana Junior Miss and the talent category winner. She attended and graduated from the University of South Alabama on a Junior Miss scholarship.

“This is great news for the program’s scholarship fund,” said Alexia Aung, the 2018 Whitley County winner. “Obviously, part of my scholarship money came from Verizon and Shelley. The scholarship money paid part of my tuition and book store bills at Ball State University. I’m so thankful for scholarship money.”

Recruitment continues for the 54th program of the Whitley County franchise. Young women who will graduate in 2019 are eligible to participate. Call 244-7467 for more information.

Verizon was founded in 1983 and is an American multi-national telecommunications company with more than 115,000 employees. Verizon offers volunteer grants through its philanthropic foundation to non-profit organizations like the Distinguished Young Woman of Whitley County, which emphasizes excellence in youth.