William R. Rayner – Harold and Barbara Graue Scholarship

The William R. Rayner – Harold and Barbara Graue Scholarship was created as a memorial to Ms. Rheadawn Metz’ late husband William and also her parents, Harold and Barbara.  Rheadawn and her family are from the Milan area. Rheadawn’s father was a carpenter and her mother was a CMA nurse, they had three daughters. Both her and her late husband Bill attended Milan High School during the time that the famous 1954 Milan Indians Basketball team won the Indiana State Basketball championship that was famously depicted in the film entitled Hoosiers.  

After Bill and Rheadawn had graduated high school the two were married in May of 1957 and by 1958 the two were relocated to Decatur County.  Decatur County was where the State Police chose to assign Bill after his graduation from the police academy. Decatur County is also where the two had each of their three daughters.  On December 18, 1966, Bill was shot and killed by two escapees from Kentucky while he was on assignment.

Quite a few years later, Rheadawn became one of the earliest members of the Decatur County Community Foundation.  During her time on the board was when the Foundation was looking to start as many new funds and scholarships as possible to get things up and running smoothly. So to not only boost the foundation in its early years, but to also forever memorialize her parents and late husband, Rheadawn decided to create the William R. Rayner – Harold and Barbara Graue Scholarship to support a graduating student of Milan High School.  

With her mother in mind, Rheadawn made sure to make a specific stipulation for the scholarship. The student cannot have higher than a B+ average upon graduation. This ensures that kids that aren’t straight A students also get a chance at receiving a reward for the work they put into their schooling.