2020 Seymour Scholarship Winner: Kaitlyn Couchman

Jun 23, 2020 9:01:00 AM/ by Rebecca Prescott

This year, we're profiling each recipient of the Peoples Bank Scholarship. This $1,000  award goes to a graduating senior in each of the school districts located in our branch communities: Indianola, Carlisle, Pleasantville, Southeast Warren, and Seymour. 

Winners were anonymously chosen based on the merits of their academic and community involvement; and answers to the 300-word essay question, "Describe the importance of community involvement."

Kaitlyn scholarship collage


Kaitlyn Couchman, Seymour High School

Next stop: I’m still debating on where I would like to go: Either Northwest Missouri State University; or Indian Hills Community College first for my general education classes and then transferring. 

Planning to study: Physical therapy

Favorite school field trip (K-12): National FFA Convention. 

What was your favorite school lunch meal? Chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, and hot roll 

Best advice: Pick a career that you will enjoy. Then you won’t be going to “work” everyday, you’ll be doing something you love. 

Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years?  In 10 years I will have been out of physical therapy school for three years. Hopefully I will have a job here in Wayne County. This is where I want to be and where I want to practice. 

Essay Excerpt

"Everyone in the community cares about each other because we are all like one big family. We all know each other well and we watch out for one another. The community also plays a big role in supporting the school system in many ways. They take part in fundraisers to help out the students. They come and cheer on the teams throughout the sports seasons. They come listen to concerts and productions put on by kids. They do all of these things because they have pride in our school, pride in our community, and they see the bright future of the students who live there."

Academic/Community Involvement






National Honor Society



Student Council, Class Officer



FFA Officer Team



Agronomy Team

Mentoring, IHCC Horticulture Club

IHCC Ag Club


First Baptist Church Youth Group.

Topics: Community Involvement

Written by Rebecca Prescott

Rebecca Prescott is the marketing manager for Peoples Bank, based in Indianola.