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For the family of Tanner James Mitchell, the time that they got to spend with him was too short, but they are honoring him and keeping his legacy alive through scholarships towards electrician apprenticeships. The first annual Tanner Mitchell Electric Apprentice Scholarship was handed out in the amount of $1500 to 2015 Taylorville High School Graduate Evan Klaves of Warrensburg and one for $750 to Grant Idleman of Mattoon. 

 

Connie Mitchell, Tanner’s mother, says that's the money gets awarded to apprentices who are with the Local 146 IBEW which is where he worked. Connie says the support from the community has been overwhelming. 

 

 

Tanner was a 2016 graduate of Taylorville High School in his second-year apprenticeship for the Midstate Electrical Training Center and employed at Bodine Electric. Tanner was tragically involved in a vehicle accident on January 22nd of 2021 that took his life. 

 

Mitchell’s family hopes to award this scholarship for many years. 

 

(Pictured from left to right: Grant Idleman, Evan Klaves, Shannon Culberson, Shawn Mitchell and Connie Mitchell)

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