Earl J. Brooks and Irene B. Brooks Scholarship Endowment
Lifelong members of the community, Earl Brooks and his bride, Irene, lived in Eastern Hancock County where he worked diligently as a self employed heating and plumbing service provider. While growing up, Earl dreamed of going to college and becoming a doctor, but funds fell short and he had to forego his dream. Few people knew of Earl’s dream…what they did know was that he was a very nice man who was “always there” for his neighbors.
Earl Brooks lived his life as an unassuming gentleman in an unassuming home, so he and Irene’s generous, substantial gift through Earl’s will came as quite a surprise to the community. Never letting go of his dream, Earl wanted to create an opportunity for others who had financial situations that would prohibit them from attending college, as it had him. Through his bequest, The Earl J. Brooks and Irene B. Brooks Scholarship Fund was created. In 1993, the fund came to the Hancock County Community Foundation and was endowed.
Each year a selection committee chooses one student from each of the four Hancock County High Schools – Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Mt. Vernon, and New Palestine – to attend an accredited college or university. HCCF is honored to administer a fund that reflects the wonderful, giving nature of Earl Brooks…a very good neighbor.
The scholarship was established to provide educational support to deserving students from Hancock County, Indiana who, without financial assistance, might be unable to attend an accredited college or university leading to a baccalaureate degree. The primary criterion if financial need, although achievement will also be considered. Past recipients may reapply. Applicants must be graduating or past graduates from a Hancock County public high school in the past four years, be current Hancock County, Indiana residents, and be in pursuit of or plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a college or university. At least one recipient will be selected from each of the four Hancock County High Schools. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.