Chase Your Dreams Awards Seniors Scholarships

Mrs. Hall, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith, McKenna Rothermel, and Ms. O’Neill
Mrs. Hall, Mr. Snyder, Mr. Smith, Mrs. Smith, McKenna Rothermel, and Ms. O’Neill

Staff Report

Ever since the tragic passing of Milford high School student Chase Rothermel in 2007, people in the Milford community have rallied together to honor his memory.  Students have erected memorials, held charity events, and even created a Facebook memorial page.  Chase was a well-rounded student who served as a class officer and loved lacrosse and the outdoors.

His lacrosse Coach, Tom Pickard had high praise for Chase.  “It was a tremendous loss.  He was kid who was a leader in the school and on the lacrosse field.  But more than that, he was a tremendous person.”

Marking its fourth year, the Chase Your Dreams Scholarship fund will award five one-thousand dollar scholarships this year to Milford Seniors. This year’s award winners are Katherine Forehand, Nicholas Jefferson, Rony Baltazar, Phillip Berry, and McKenna Rothermel.
Applicants submitted an essay, recommendations letters along with the application and were selected based on how they expressed the scholarship would help them “chase their dreams.” One scholarship honoree, Katherine Forehand, shared her dreams of becoming a teacher with the scholarship committee. Katherine will become the third generation of teachers in her family.

“My grand-dad always says that if you can find a job that you love, that also gives something positive back to society, then you have hit the jackpot,” wrote Katherine in her scholarship essay. “The Chase Your Dreams Scholarship will help me to get the education that I need to chase my dream of being the kind of teacher that would make my mentors proud.” Katherine will be attending the University of Delaware this fall and is excited about chasing her dreams of becoming a teacher.
The fund has given over twenty thousand dollars to Milford High School Seniors over the past four years. The Chase Your Dreams Scholarship is in conjunction with the Milford Elks who hosted a chicken and dumplings dinner and a car show this year raising nearly $4,000 dollars in the process.  The Ladies of the Elks also made a donation to the fund of $500. Donors to the Chase Your Dreams Scholarship can make a contribution to “Milford High School – Chase Your Dreams” to 1019 North Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963. For more information, individuals are encouraged to email Doris Smith at