STILLWATER, Okla. —
While educating your child about safe driving, it’s also wise to instruct them about being a safe passenger, especially when their friends may be taking too many risky chances, she said.
The Ferchau family finds joy in presenting the newspaper carrier scholarship each year. The family also donates to a band scholarship in Ben’s memory.
Many of the newspaper carrier scholarship winners continue with the adventurous life Ben sought. The first winner in 2003, Cassie Raney, had a paper route for more than two years.
She used the scholarship funds to attend the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 2007. Raney continues to live in San Francisco and works as a film production assistant on the television show, “Myth Busters.”
Other scholarship winners have sought careers in helping professions with Kyle Beal studying to be a minister and Josh Norton a police officer, Ferchau said. More adventures are in store for the 2007 scholarship recipient, DeEtta Cravens who graduated from Oklahoma City University in 2011, served as a Boren International Scholar in Brazil and now is in the Fulbright program at Chiang Mai, Thailand. Cravens is Raney’s sister and she threw newspapers for more than three years.
Their mother, Renee Raney-Cravens said having a newspaper route taught the girls responsibility and a lot about customer service.
“They had to manage accounts and collect from customers – and keep their customers satisfied if they had wet papers or missing papers,” said Raney-Cravens. “Working to deliver the NewsPress taught them about commitment and doing a job everyday – and sticking to it.”
Raney-Cravens’ daughters’ hard work translated to winning the newspaper carrier scholarship and using it to help finance their educations before seeking more adventures throughout the world.
“The memory of Ben’s life living on with joy and enthusiasm keeps us going until we see him again,” Ferchau said.
The Ferchau family is always trying to increase the endowment for the scholarship and will host a yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 25 at 226 S. Benjamin. Call Ferchau at 405-880-0865 if you are interested in donating.