Adult Re-Education Fund
The Adult Re-Education Scholarship was established within the Hancock County Community Foundation to provide support and assistance to those persons who wish to obtain additional education and/or training in order to increase employment opportunities after the normal course of their education training has been interrupted for any reason.
Applicants must be current Hancock County residents, be at least 25 years of age, have had their normal course of education interrupted for any reason, and plan to pursue an accredited degree or certification at a college, university, or other post-secondary institution.
Patricia Orr Allemeier Memorial Nursing Scholarship Endowment
The family of Patricia Orr Allemeier is pleased to honor her memory through the creation of an endowed nursing scholarship at the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF), following her death on November 4, 2015 at Hancock Regional Hospital. Patricia Orr graduated from Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Ohio in 1953 and received her nursing diploma from Miami Valley Hospital School of Nursing, Dayton Ohio, in 1956. Her nursing career began at Miami Valley Hospital where she quickly came to be recognized for her kindness and compassion.
Her husband Paul and Pat moved to Greenfield in 1964 where she began working for Hancock Memorial Hospital as an Emergency Room nurse and later served as Director until 1981. Paul’s career took the family to Terre Haute in 1981 and then to Salem in 1987. During this time, Pat worked in the Emergency Department at the hospitals in the respective communities. In 1990 until 1993 Pat served as the Director of Education at the Dunn Memorial Hospital in Bedford. Nursing education was Pat’s second love. Even though she retired from nursing in 1993, Pat continued her dedication to helping people in need. She and Paul returned to Greenfield in 2006 and were members of Trinity Park United Methodist Church. Pat had a rich history of volunteering at food pantries and hospitals and continued to do so as a volunteer at the Kenneth Butler Soup Kitchen.
Pat considered nursing a service, and although she provided care in various locations, she consistently did so with great compassion; therefore the scholarship named in her honor requires two recommendation letters and an essay attesting to the applicant’s ability to demonstrate caring, compassion and empathy. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Jim Andrews Scholarship Endowment Fund
This “Champion of Youth” played a huge role in the local Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County. Jim Andrews was known and will be remembered for his unwavering faith, zeal for helping kids, and acting like one himself –refusing to grow up, yet always staying young at heart. This kind-hearted man made friends everywhere he went and one of his great passions “was finding the lost sheep and bringing it back into the fold.” Jim served the Boys and Girls Club in any way needed including acting as executive, coach and janitor. To honor Jim’s dedication and service to the youth of Hancock County, the Greenfield Facility was renamed the “Jim Andrews Unit” in 2008. Jim served as Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County Executive Director from 1964 through 1989. He received the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1982 for all of his outstanding work with the Boys and Girls Club. He was also a Hancock County probation officer for 21 years. Jim was a member of the Greenfield American Legion, the New Palestine United Church, the Greenfield Optimist Club, and was also a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Andrews passed away on January 9, 2008 at the age of 80. This scholarship was established to give tribute to the memory of this “one of a kind” man by the Mother’s Club of the Greenfield Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County. It benefits graduating seniors who have been members, as well as served as a volunteer at the Club, while being a role model to young club members. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Mary Ash Scott Bardonner Bardes Scholarship Endowment
The Mary Ash Scott Bardonner Bardes Scholarship was established in 2001 for the benefit of a graduating senior from New Palestine High School who desires to work in the field of education.
The recipient must be a resident of either Brandywine or Sugar Creek Townships, a graduating senior of New Palestine High School, and have plans to further his/her education to become an elementary or secondary school teacher. Selection will be based on financial need and academic achievement.
Michael K. and Linda C. Beattey Scholarship Fund
The Michael K. and Linda C. Beattey Scholarship provides education support to graduating seniors or past graduates of a Hancock County public high school who plan to pursue an education in the area of building, construction, and/or real estate.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or past graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school, and be enrolled in an education program with areas including, but not limited to plumbing, heating and cooling, drafting, electrical certification, surveying, and land engineering. Selection will be based on a written essay.
Beckenholdt Family Scholarship Endowment Fund
The generosity of Martha Beckenholdt stretches across time and county lines. For years, Martha has provided support to those organizations and causes she holds close to her heart. One of those passions is helping students from Cowan High School attain a college education. She joined with her family in 1996 to establish The Beckenholdt Family Scholarship Fund at the Hancock County Community Foundation. It was the intention of Martha and her family to provide for students of Cowan High School, the school where she and her five siblings graduated, an opportunity to pursue higher education.
Martha herself sacrificed a four year degree to enter the workforce so that her younger sister could attend college. For this reason, it is a passion of Martha’s to provide financial support that would allow a student to continue his or her education even during times of economic stress. This is a multi-year scholarship with support being granted for four years of college.
The Beckenholdt Family Scholarship honors Martha Marie Beckenholdt’s parents, John F. and Alice A. Meyer Beckenholdt; Martha’s siblings, Louise Elizabeth Beckenholdt Amador, Adelaide Adelle Beckenholdt Meyer, Theodore William Beckenholdt, and Reta Jean Beckenholdt Cheesman; and all of their spouses and children.
The introduction of the scholarship application emphasizes the passion of the family: “Successful and fulfilling lives are most often dependent upon having dreams and the realization of those dreams. To make these dreams come true takes the selection of certain goals, the determination to the attainment of those goals and having adequate financial resources to cover the costs involved in the total process.
“We firmly believe the schooling and attention we received at Cowan High School, Cowan Elementary School, and the schools we attended prior to moving to the Cowan area have been of great help to us in attaining the dreams and goals we set for ourselves. We wish for you much happiness and success in your schooling and in your life in the years to come.”
—The Beckenholdt Family
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Cowan High School of Delaware County, Indiana, and must plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university on a full-time basis. The scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student based on his or her potential for success in college and his or her character as demonstrated while a member of the Cowan High School community. The selection committee may take into account other awards, but demonstrated need is not a requirement. No preference for public schools or for schools inside Indiana applies. Diversity in educational settings and career goals is encouraged. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
George L. and Martha B. Birch Legacy Endowment Fund
Through their bequest, George and Martha created a fund to provide income for scholarship purposes to Berry College, Oakhill, Georgia.
Captain Glenn Blaisdell, USMC-Naval Aviator Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Marine Corps Captain Michael Glenn Blaisdell lost his life while serving his country on August 30, 1995. A dedicated Naval Aviator, Captain Blaisdell was honored to serve his country as a Marine and was doing so when the F/A-18 Hornet he was flying malfunctioned and crashed.
Known as Glenn to his family and friends, Glenn was admired for his faith, love of family, and service to community. He was a resident of New Palestine and graduated from Warren Central High School. Upon graduating from Hanover College in 1991 with a BA in Economics and Business Administration, Glenn felt called to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps Officer’s Program. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in December 1991, at the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. He was assigned to Training Squadron Seven Eagles at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi where he soon earned the rank of 1st Lieutenant. In 1994 he earned his Wings of Gold at the Naval Aviation School Command at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. 1st Lieutenant Blaisdell became Carrier Qualified on board the USS America and earned the Top Hook Award on board the USS Eisenhower. Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to fly the F/A 18 Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-106 Gladiators at Naval Air Station Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Florida.
1st Lieutenant Michael Glenn Blaisdell was awarded the rank of Captain posthumously on August 31, 1995. An investigation by the Naval Air Systems Command identified that a dirty part and misaligned piston seal caused his F/A 18’s rudder and engine failure. As a result, the 1997 Navy’s investigation report included recommendations to study whether certain parts should be redesigned and to improve the cleanliness of shops that work on hydraulic components. Since that time, said improvements have saved the lives of countless aviators.
Glenn was active in his church and community in Jacksonville where he enjoyed working with USMC Toys For Tots and a mentoring program for youth. Glenn was an avid Indiana Pacers fan and carried the Pacers logo in his jet. He had a heart of gold and great sense of humor that was evident when helping others through life’s challenges. Glenn’s delightful personality is captured in a book dedicated in his honor called Bogeys and Bandits: The Making of a Fighter Pilot, published in 1997 by Robert Gandt. The book, available on Amazon, gives an insider’s look portraying the day-to-day lives of Glenn aka “Burner” and his fellow aviators.
Captain Blaisdell’s favorite scripture was Isaiah 40: 31-but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Glenn’s parents Mike and Joyce know that Glenn achieved his goal to soar with the eagles and want to pass his spirit forward through a establishment of the Captain Glenn Blaisdell, USMC-Naval Aviator Memorial Scholarship Endowment. Captain Blaisdell’s rich legacy will be perpetuated through the scholarship by providing financial assistance to students. May the recipients honor his memory through the attainment of their educational goals.
Lee and Bessie S. Blazer Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
Lee Blazer was born in 1896 in Alert, Indiana and made Greenfield his home in 1932. He owned and operated LeBlazer Studio Club where he taught voice and piano from 1937 to 1963. The club motto was stated by Lee Blazer as follows: “We choose to study the life and music of the great masters to enlarge our understanding of their compositions and gain a better interpretation thereof, realizing that music is a universal language among all people, and knowing that by the study of these givers we are better enabled to interpret and present their music in an idealistic manner.” Lee’s passion for the arts and helping others shined through in his life.
The Studio Club was organized from the Miniature Matinee Musicals with the idea of presenting accomplished artists to round out the students’ cultural growth. The Matinee Musicals were presented by the Blazer students with the occasional guest artist from other places. The original idea in forming the Studio Club was to give the pupils and their families opportunity to hear recognized artists and realize the worth of early training. Through the years many local artists made their debut under the direction of Mr. Blazer.
“Lee served as counselor and concerned loving friend to his students. It was easy for him to teach music to the mind, while he listened with his heart, to the nuances in the hearts of his students. He radiates an aura of enthusiasm and interest that was contagious.” LeBlazer Studio Club Student
In addition to his studio work, Mr. Blazer served for many years as Director of Music at the Greenfield Christian Church, President of Indiana Music Teachers Guild, Indiana Music Teachers Association and National Music Teachers Association.
Bessie Blazer, who outlived her husband, started this scholarship fund in recognition of Lee’s life and passions, and to help Hancock County students who wish to study music in their further education.
The following poem was written and dedicated to Lee Blazer by Margaret Bosley, a patron club member:
THE MAGIC MEASURE
A single measure drifted out to me,
‘Twas but a phrase of simple melody,
Which roused a latent mem’ry in my soul
And changed my sphere as if by magic stole.
In that enchanted pause around me lay,
Re-incarnation of a by-gone day.
When by my side there stood a stalwart lad,
Whose love was young, whose songs were always glad.
We walked again in daisy fields of white,
Each jeweled petal held an answer, trite,
Simplicity and innocence of youth
Beat bravely, seeking happiness and truth.
The shining moment passed, I’m back once more,
But memory is clearer than before;
I would my praise extol to him who sings
And to me, lovely magic measures brings…320
Earl J. Brooks and Irene B. Brooks Scholarship Endowment Fund
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.
Dr. Reinhard L. and Marlise Bubenzer Charitable Endowment Fund
Dr. R.L. “Mike” Bubenzer and his wife Marlise might be gone from this world, but their legacy will live on here forever. Thanks to a generous planned gift from their estate, the Bubenzers will be providing much-needed financial
The Bubenzers bequeathed their gift as an endowment with the Hancock County Community Foundation. The annual payout distributions are split equally six ways between the following organizations:
- Greenfield Rotary Club (for academic scholarships)
- Boys & Girls Club of Hancock County
- Bradley United Methodist Church
- Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation (for nursing scholarships)
- Hancock County Senior Services, Inc.
- Indiana University Foundation (for the IU School of Dentistry)
Born in Germany, the Bubenzers both immigrated to the United States and fell in love with the United States and particularly the Greenfield area. Each of them worked in the field of dentistry, yet also shared in a passion for helping others. Dr. Bubenzer was even responsible for the formation of what is now known as the Hancock Hope House.
Their tragic death shocked many, but their legacy of generosity lives on through their various means of donations.
This scholarship was established to help graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school further their education. Applicants must be graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school and be residents of Hancock County. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Steven L. Butterfield Endowment Fund
The Steven L. Butterfield Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Steven L. Butterfield, a former member of the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County, who died tragically at age 36 in 1983.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide educational support to students who are current or past members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County who desire to further their education. Selection will be based on students’ willingness to take responsibility and/or contribute time and talent toward the betterment of themselves and their community, moral character, and demonstrated leadership qualities. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Cargold Scholarship Endowment Fund
This scholarship was established within the Hancock County Community Foundation to honor the memory of Carl and Goldie Chapman and their belief in higher education, and it provides support to non-traditional students who have successfully met or exceeded minimum secondary education graduation requirements or the equivalent.
Applicants must be residents of Hancock County and a citizen of the United States of America, be past graduates of a Hancock County public high school, have had their normal course of education interrupted for any reason for at least one year and be a minimum age of 18 years old; and exhibit the desire to plan to pursue a post-secondary education credential.
Mary E. Carmichael Fund for the Future of Agriculture
Mary Elizabeth Carmichael was a life-long resident of Hancock County for 91 years. Mary and her husband, Virgil, were full-time farmers from 1940 to 1986. Together they owned an Oliver dealership in 1946 and a Massey-Harris dealership from 1956 to 1958. Mary was an experienced tractor and truck driver, accountant, and partner in the business.Mary lived on the same farm in Green Township for 63 years and was actively engaged in its operation. Her life exemplified selflessness and devotion to family, and this fund will continue her generosity by supporting the agricultural community of Hancock County.
This scholarship provides educational support to graduating seniors and past graduates of a Hancock County public high school planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in agriculture at a land-grant college. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Esther Barnhart Cook Scholarship Endowment Fund
Esther created this fund through her estate to provide educational support to Eastern Hancock High School graduates who plan to pursue an elementary education teaching degree at Ball State University.
Brandon Couch 4-H Beef Project Scholarship Endowment Fund
Brandon touched the lives of many during his short time on earth. Fellow athletes, coaches, and friends from New Palestine High School, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and the Hancock County 4-H community recognized him not only as an individual with integrity, but one who respected those in leadership roles. He often performed extraordinary acts of kindness and helpfulness to those around him. To honor Brandon’s legacy, his family and fiancée created two scholarships: the Brandon Couch Leadership and Perseverance Award and the Brandon Couch 4-H Beef Project Scholarship.
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, intend to pursue an accredited degree or certification, be currently enrolled in a Hancock County 4-H program, be currently enrolled, and have at least two years experience in the Hancock County 4-H Beef Project. Applicants need not be residents of Hancock County. Preference will be given to students who have exhibited respect for leadership, shown acts of kindness and helpfulness to fellow 4-Hers, displayed integrity and showmanship, and been personally involved in the care and show preparation of animals. Financial need may be considered. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Brandon Couch Perseverance and Leadership Award
Brandon, a 2003 graduate of New Palestine High School and a member of the football and wrestling teams, touched the lives of many during his short time on earth. Fellow athletes, coaches, and friends from New Palestine High School, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and the Hancock County 4-H community recognized him not only as an individual with integrity, but one who respected those in leadership roles. He often performed extraordinary acts of kindness and helpfulness to those around him.
To honor Brandon’s legacy his family established this fund in the form of two scholarships. The Brandon Couch Leadership and Perseverance Award must be given to students who have exhibited respect for leadership and who demonstrate extraordinary acts of kindness and helpfulness. Through their involvement in sports, qualified applicants have displayed integrity, dedication, and sportsmanship, and by doing so, motivated and inspired others through their behavior. Financial need may also be considered.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or past graduates of New Palestine High School, be in pursuit of or plan to pursue an accredited degree or certification at a post-secondary institution, have been involved in a high school sports program fulfilling a role including, but not limited to, at least one of the following: athlete, team manager, student trainer, and/or cheerleader; and exhibit the desire to better themselves through post-secondary education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Covance Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was originally created to honor the memory of Pam Gunn who passed away in July 2010 while employed at Covance Market Access. This scholarship has been awarded to Miss Congeniality & the exhibitor with the Supreme Heifer in the beef cattle show since 2011. We at Covance would like to honor the memories of all of the employees who have passed while employed at Covance like Lesley Willis who passed away in July 2014 who was also very involved in 4-H along with many others who were active in the community. By broadening the scope of this scholarship we hope to honor their memories as well as show their families our support and thanks for many years to come.
Richard H. Crosser Memorial Scholarship Fund
The late Richard H. Crosser was born in Lafayette, Indiana, and graduated from Lafayette Jefferson High School in 1956. He attended IU and graduated in 1961 with a Business Degree. Shortly after, he went on to work for National Homes in Lafayette, Indiana.
In the mid-seventies, Richard co-founded Deluxe Homes, which became the public company known as Crossmann Communities in the early 90’s and became one of the largest homebuilders in the United States. Crossmann Communities was acquired by Beazer Homes in 2002. This scholarship originally came from Crossman Communities and was named as such until Richard passed away in 2002. He was a great member of their board, a past president and a huge driving force for Crossman Communities, not just with their scholarship funds, but also with their Legacy Fund. Because of his willingness to help and how much he was going to be missed, the new president of Crossman Communities decided to rename this particular scholarship in Richard’s honor.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School and plan to attend a college or university in the state of Indiana in pursuit of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, real estate, architecture, building trades drafting, business finance, accounting, or some other field related to building trades. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Benjamin Culver Scholarship Endowment Fund
Benjamin was born September 4, 1989. He was a lifelong member of the Bengal Christian Church where he was baptized and served as a Junior Deacon. He attended Greenfield-Central High School and participated in track, soccer, football and basketball. An avid sportsman, Benjamin enjoyed hunting and fishing and exploring the woods and lakes of Michigan and Canada.
On a family vacation, Benjamin spotted the highest sand dune and told his parents he needed to climb it because a lesser man would go around. Standing on the summit, he reveled in the joy of success and life. This moment exemplified Benjamin’s approach to all things. He sought out exciting challenges and lived a drug and alcohol free life. Benjamin was courageous and never shied away from a challenge. Family and friends were very important to Benjamin. Hugs and pranks were inevitable when he was around. Despite Benjamin’s reputation for mischievous pranks, he was a focused and determined competitor. He was notorious for tweaking his coach’s instructions so that his workout was harder than everyone else’s. But no matter how exhausted he was, he would always leave the track with a friendly wave and a bright smile.
He continues to be a positive influence to all who knew him.
This scholarship is awarded to a Greenfield- Central High School senior with preference given to athletes.
Carline Day Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Carline Day Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by Michael E. Day in memory of his wife. This scholarship shall provide educational support to a graduating senior of New Palestine High School who is enrolled as a full-time student in a four-year university program. Recipients of the award will be selected based upon evidence of good moral character and financial need. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
LeeAnn Dolick-Cox Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
LeeAnn Marie Dolick-Cox was born March 17. She grew up in New Palestine and graduated from New Palestine High School in 1992. She was a member of the Marching Band for one year and a member of the Color Guard for 3 years. After graduation, LeeAnn attended Purdue University and worked at Steak-N-Shake where she met her future husband. She got married October 14, 2000 and was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia that following February. LeeAnn lost her battle with cancer on October 22, 2001.
LeeAnn possessed both an innocence and slyness at the same time. She was honest, witty, beautiful, sweet, loving and kind hearted. She always put others first. She had energy and a smile that lit up the room when she entered. She was quick to joke and the first to forgive. LeeAnn would befriend anyone and made everyone feel comfortable and welcomed. She was the type of person that you could call in the middle of the night and she would drop everything she was doing just to listen. LeeAnn also had an amazing ability to find a silver lining in the darkest of clouds.
LeeAnn meant many things to many people but when you ask, everyone will agree that she was the true meaning of a friend. She may be gone, but LeeAnn will not be forgotten by those whom were lucky enough to know her.
The LeeAnn Colick-Cox Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from New Palestine High School who plans to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. Said recipient must have been in the marching band or color guard his or her junior and senior years at New Palestine High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Christine Dowling Scholarship Endowment Fund
Chris was a 4th grade teacher at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Greenfield for 33 years. She was innovative, creative, and project-oriented. She is fondly remembered for making learning fun and instilling a love of reading in her students. Chris celebrated life and was always interested in learning new things and incorporating them in her classroom and in her life. Although she was a kidney dialysis patient, she never gave up and continued to teach despite many struggles with her health.
Through the years, Chris touched the lives of countless children. This scholarship was created by Chris’s family upon her passing in 2007. The scholarship’s criteria are reflective of Chris’s resilience and her dedication to education. To qualify for the scholarship, students must be Hancock County residents attending any high school who intend to pursue a 2- or 4-year degree. Preference is given to students who attended St. Michael’s School and to those who have struggled with a challenging health issue or circumstance. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Donna Duzan Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund
This scholarship fund was established in 1999 by Ronald Duzan in loving memory of his wife, Donna. She gave of herself endlessly and asked nothing in return. She worked at Community Hospital East over 25 years in numerous roles where she was very admired. This scholarship gift is meant to encourage others to pursue a nursing career and perpetuate Donna’s legacy of caring and compassion.
Greenfield Kiwanis Robert Eagleston Scholarship
This scholarship fund, created by the Greenfield Kiwanis, honors the achievements and community service of one of its longest and proudest members Robert Eagleston. This gentlemen dedicated his life to service in the community through his active participation in Kiwanis for over 50 years. Qualified students must plan to pursue a major in the field of business.
Keith and Ann Elsbury Purdue University Scholarship Endowment Fund
Keith Elsbury graduated from the “new” Greenfield High School on West North Street in 1927 with its first graduating class. He was an active 4-H member and exhibited the grand champion peck of potatoes at 4-H Roundup at Purdue University where he won a four-year scholarship, valued at $240.00 at that time, to attend Purdue.
While at Purdue, Keith was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity, along with two of his fraternity brothers who later became famous, Orville Redenbacher and Dr. Earl Butz. He returned to Greenfield in 1934 and began a fulfilling teaching career in agriculture and science. Keith retired in 1974 after teaching for 40 years. He voluntarily served the Hancock County 4-H program through various roles, such as a 4-H Ag Association Board Member. Keith is remembered by many as an outstanding FFA Advisor and mentor to students.
Keith’s commitment to the community meant many hours away from home, and his accomplishments were made possible by his devoted wife Ann at his side. Together, they raised two children, Richard and Sarah. This scholarship was created by Richard and Sarah in their parents’ honor.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or past graduates of a Hancock County public high school, be current Hancock County 4-H members with at least eight years of participation, plan to attend or currently be enrolled at Purdue University and plan to pursue or be in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in the School of Agriculture or the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Matthew A. Folkening Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
This fund honors the memory of a young man who was a great natural athlete with a zest for life and love of family; he particularly loved the game of golf. A friend to many people, he touched multiple lives with the way he lived. Matt graduated from New Palestine High School, attended IUPUI for a short time and had enrolled in the IBEW Apprenticeship program before his untimely passing.
This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of New Palestine High School who is a member of the New Palestine High School golf team and plans to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. Applicants must be graduating seniors of New Palestine High School and have earned Varsity Letter in golf at NPHS during their junior and senior years. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Fountaintown Gas Company, Inc. Scholarship Endowment Fund
Bob Wortman, President of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc., sees post-secondary education as an essential element of attaining the skills needed for individuals to stimulate innovation and provide leadership for successful business.
It was foresight and leadership that led to the creation of a successful, local business in 1967. Seeing a need for natural gas service in small communities in southeast Indiana which were not being served by the existing large gas utilities, Bob, with the support of community leaders, started what is presently known as Fountaintown Gas Company, Inc.
Fountaintown Gas Co. Inc. was a small family owned gas company that had previously served the Fountaintown community from local wells with a very limited gas supply. Under new ownership, construction of a modern distribution system was started in 1967. The company, which started by serving two customers in Morristown the first year, presently serves fifteen small towns and communities in five counties including Hancock County.
Mr. Wortman believes strongly that individuals who possess vision are essential to the survival of small towns across America and, in 2010, created the Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. Scholarship to provide educational benefit to students, served by the gas company, who strive to attain a vocational, two or four year college education. This scholarship is to be awarded to an individual who possesses a vision that, with the benefit of additional education, shows potential to impact their communities in a positive way. Bob Wortman and his family consider this scholarship an investment in the future.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of an accredited public, private, or parochial high school, live within the primary service area of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. and have a parent or grandparent who has been a customer of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. for a minimum of 36 consecutive months. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Dr. Linda Gellert Scholarship Endowment Fund
Terry and Linda Gellert are proud Hoosiers from Dearborn County, Indiana. They moved to Hancock County in 2005, when Linda was appointed as Superintendent at Greenfield Central School Corporation. Linda retired in 2014 after more than 30 years in education, teaching in Indiana, Oklahoma, Germany and the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Purdue, Master’s at Xavier, and Ph. D. at Indiana State.
Linda and her husband Terry established this scholarship fund to give back to a community Dr. Gellert felt gave so much to her personally and professionally. Benefactors will be Greenfield-Central High School graduating seniors planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree at Purdue University, Lafayette. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Greenfield Kiwanis Dr. William Griffing Scholarship
This scholarship fund, created by the Greenfield Kiwanis, honors the achievements and community service of one of its longest and proudest members Dr. William Griffing. This gentlemen dedicated his life to service in the community through his active participation in Kiwanis for over 50 years. Qualified students must plan to pursue a major in the field of science.
Kristofor J. Hammond Scholarship Endowment Fund
Born on June 4, 1973, in Evanston, Ill., Kris moved to Indiana with his family and attended Mt. Vernon High School where he was recognized for excelling in academics, cross country, and jazz band. He possessed a love of music, history, reading, and writing that served him well throughout his educational pursuits. Kristofor received his degree in Political Science and Journalism from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana, and continued his education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from both institutions.
Kris’ dedication led to a career that allowed him to help others overcome life’s obstacles and he led by example. As a former civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., he fought passionately for equal rights. He then opened a private practice in Alexandria, Va., where he remained dedicated to the cause. Kris worked tirelessly to promote others and helped mentor and support others in their early campaigns for public office. Kris also ran for several public offices himself and served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in a District of Columbia neighborhood. Kris was a very active political commentator and regularly published blogs and articles with a balanced perspective of the current political climate. Kris was guided by a strong faith in God and was active across a wide range of denominations and religious organizations.
The Hammond family join his friends in honoring a special man who left a remarkable legacy of selflessness and kindness through the establishment of the Kristofor J. Hammond Scholarship. The scholarship will recognize an individual who demonstrates many of Kris’ attributes including those of integrity, volunteerism, athleticism, and a love of music. Qualified candidates must be graduates of Mt. Vernon High School pursuing a career in a profession that furthers the well-being of others including political science, social services, criminal justice, or journalism. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Hancock County Community Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund
Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program began in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities.
Applicants for this award must be a graduating senior from any Hancock County high school, reside in Hancock County, and be in the top 15% of their high school class. Additional criteria include community service as a primary consideration as well as extra-curricular activities. Graduating seniors who qualify go through an initial selection process at each county high school. Upon completing this process, each of the four schools forwards the scholarship applications of its top two candidates to the Community Foundation for final selection.
These eight finalists are then interviewed by HCCF to determine the final two recipients. HCCF then submits its choices for recipients and alternates to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final approval.
Because each student is outstanding, the Community Foundation recognizes the achievements of the six finalists with $1,000 scholarships to assist them at an Indiana college or university. These six individuals have demonstrated both excellent academic achievement and a heart for community service.
Hancock County Shrine Club Endowment Fund
The Hancock County Shrine Club is part of an international organization that lives by the Shiner’s Creed. They support their beliefs through great philanthropic efforts. One such effort includes the creation and growth of the Hancock County Shrine Club Scholarship, a component fund of the Hancock County Community Foundation. This scholarship is designed with special emphasis on the medical field, consistent with the major emphasis the organization puts on providing free care to children at Shriners Hospitals’ located throughout North America.
To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be residents of Hancock County, be a graduating senior or graduate of a Hancock County High School, and must be furthering their education in the medical field pursuing a technical, two year, four year degree, or more advanced degree. Annual recipients of this award are based in order of importance: Financial Need ~ Citizenship ~ Achievement
The Shriner’s Creed
Shriners believe in God and that He created man to serve His purpose, among which is service to others in His name.
We believe that care for the less fortunate, especially children who suffers burns and crippling diseases, is our institutional calling.
We are patriots, willing to serve his country with fidelity and courage. We cherish independence under law and freedom with responsibility.
We honor family. We respect our parents, wives and children. We should instill in our children the tenets of this creed, and the heritage from which it emanates.
As individuals we pledge ourselves to integrity, virtue and nobility of character. Our intentions will be honorable, our relations will be trustworthy and our spirits forgiving of each other.
As brothers we offer each other fraternal affection and respect. Together we will support each other in adherence to this creed, so that we and our communities will be better because of our fraternity and its principles.
As Shriners we look beyond ourselves to serve the needs of others, especially children who cannot help themselves. We believe Shriners Hospital to be the world’s greatest philanthropy, and we covenant with each other to support its “temples of mercy” with spirit, time, talent and means.
Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation Designated Endowment Fund
This fund, established by Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation, provides funding for scholarship awards to nursing students in honor of long-time Hancock Regional Hospital nurse, Edith Zike.
Susan Hensley wanted to be a nurse for as long as she can remember.
“My mother had been in nursing school, and I used to dress up in her uniform,” Hensley recalls, though her mother married and never finished nursing school. “She had a pretty cape that was red on the inside. I used to dress up in it for Halloween. I think that had something to do with me becoming a nurse.”
Hensley has always been interested in mental health. Known for her listening skills among family and friends, she thrives off learning about people and what makes them do what they do. Originally from Ft. Wayne, Hensley remembers riding the bus downtown. She would stand in front of G.C. Murphy, a well-known five and dime store at the time, and watch passersby, fascinated by their dress, facial expressions and other characteristics.
After high school, Hensley attended the Indiana University School of Nursing. Upon graduating, she was offered a number of jobs at Larue D. Carter Memorial Hospital, Robert E. Long Hospital (now IU Medical Center), and Walter Reed Army Medical Center and St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.
She accepted a job with the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis and spent five years working in mental health at that facility.
“They had very talented psychiatrists there at the time,” Hensley says. “A different psychiatrist would come in every day, and they would allow me to sit in with them. I’ve always been someone who really wants to learn and do better for myself. I always sat in with them, and I just learned so much.”
Hensley went back to school at IU to specialize in mental health nursing. After additional training, she began working in the Community Health Network, where she spent more than 40 years. At the Indianapolis campus, she held a variety of responsibilities including overseeing the crisis team.
She met her husband, a Greenfield native, and learned she could move with him and work locally at Gallahue Mental Health Services. She served as a clinical nurse specialist in the outpatient department and got licensed to perform patient evaluations and prescribe medication.
She retired partially in 2011, continuing to work part time until 2013 when she fully retired.
When asked to share some of her most memorable moments on the job, Hensley laughs and quips, “I have several memorable moments, but they aren’t publishable!”
She does, however, recall a day when she went into work a weekend shift at Robert Long Hospital, and when she arrived, she learned everyone else scheduled to work had called in sick. She worked the entire isolation unit with about 15 patients by herself thinking, “I can’t wait until this eight hours is over!”
In 2016, Hensley created the Hensley-Warwick Scholarship through the Hancock County Community Foundation for students pursuing a four-year nursing degree. With the scholarship name, she honors her late husband, William Hensley, and her parents, Gene and Betty Warwick.
“I thought it was important to do something for the field of nursing since they had done so much for me,” Hensley states. “(My parents and husband) did so much for me in terms of helping me grow and being around when I needed them. They were very special people. My parents worked hard to make sure me and my brother and sister could do the best we could do.”
The Hensley-Warwick Scholarship was granted for the first time in 2017. Selection is based on financial need, volunteer service in a nursing or caregiving capacity, and healthy living through participation in exercise and sporting activities.
“I think it’s important to volunteer or be involved somehow,” Hensley concludes. “It’s good to have a background in giving back. That’s what I did. That shaped my life in a very positive way.”
Mervin K. Holzhausen Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
This scholarship was established in memory of Mervin K. Holzhausen, a 1937 graduate of Mt. Comfort High School and World War II veteran who returned to Hancock County and served for 38 years in Hancock County schools as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent, and attendance officer. His wife, Eleanor, and he started dating through letters that Mervin sent home while he was fighting in WWII for four and one half years. A graduate of Purdue University, Eleanor was born in 1918 and was the first baby born in Greenfield that year. Eleanor remembers the hardships of WWII and going without…yet not minding at all and thinking it made her a better person. Mervin was one of the most respected educators in the history of Hancock County. At one time or another during his career as an educator, he worked for every school corporation in the county; therefore, this scholarship has been made available by his family and friends to a graduate of any Hancock County public school.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school and intend to major in education at an accredited college or university in the state of Indiana. Preference may be given to a student whose parent is an employee of a Hancock County, Indiana public school. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Ron Horning Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Ron Horning Scholarship Endowment was sponsored by the Mother’s Club of the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County to honor retired Executive Director Ron Horning who served from 1989-2004. This scholarship provides educational support to high school graduates who will pursue an accredited degree or certification at a college, university, or other post-secondary institution.
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or past high school graduates, be current or past members of the Boys and Girls Club of Hancock County, and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Lillian Thomas Hull and Charles M. Hull Fine Arts Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Lillian Thomas Hull and Charles M. Hull Fine Arts Scholarship was created by Charles to honor his wife Lillian’s love of the arts, this fund provides educational support to Hancock County students in the form of scholarship in the areas of drama, dancing, art, vocal, and instrumental music. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Carolyn Johnson Scholarship for Tomorrow’s Teacher
Carolyn Lee Johnson was a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Eastern Hancock Schools for 35 years prior to her retirement in 2003. She loved each of the roles she played there. She said upon her retirement that the only thing she wouldn’t miss was the paperwork. She missed the students, faculty, and staff alike.
One of her favorite sayings was “I can be unhappy that a rose bush has thorns or rejoice because a thorn bush has roses”. Ms. Johnson always looked for the roses on the thorn bush. She inspired countless students, faculty and staff to reach deep inside themselves for that little extra to help them succeed. She did not watch the scoreboard as much as she watched for growing athletes bettering themselves and achieving personal bests.
The scholarship benefits an Eastern Hancock student pursuing a four year degree in education. The goal of the Carolyn Johnson Scholarship is to give some individual that extra help needed to succeed; therefore, qualifying students need not meet a minimum GPA requirement, but must exhibit the desire to pursue higher learning through documentation of college/university admission. In addition this person shall have demonstrated financial need, a minimum of one year participation in an extracurricular sports activity, acts of kindness and helpfulness to faculty and fellow students, and school spirit. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Margaret Johnson Honorary Scholarship Endowment Fund
Margaret was born in Fortville on October 8, 1905, and with the high standards established by her parents, she would spend the next 100 years accomplishing “much more than most women” during this time.
After graduating from Fortville High School in 1923, Margaret went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePauw University in 1927 and a Master’s from Northwestern University. She attended Anderson Business College and also holds diplomas from Bryant and Stratton, and from the Gregg College of Chicago. Margaret taught briefly at Fortville High School and McCordsville High School before taking a position in 1933 at Sullins College, a private, Liberal Arts College that educated young women on its hilltop campus in Bristol, Virginia along the border of Tennessee. She worked there over 50 years where her list of accomplishments is long; she initially headed up the secretarial/business department, teaching accounting, stenography, and business law and business efficiency among many other subjects. She also served as secretary for the faculty and was a member of the guidance, classroom and classifications committees. Her experience and involvement promoted her to Dean of Women in 1954, a position she would hold until her retirement in 1970. The yearbooks at Sullins College are filled with glowing comments about Ms. Johnson because of her positive influence and major impact that she had on the attendees of the College due to her great leadership, high ideals and her sympathetic, caring nature.
Though she never married or had children of her own, Margaret has devoted decades to helping others improve their education and lives. After returning to Fortville in the early 1970’s, she was involved as a member of Delta Zeta Sorority, the Fortville United Methodist Church and is a 50+ year member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.
On her 100th birthday, her family established the Margaret Johnson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is to be given yearly to a female graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Margaret passed away in March 2011 at the age of 105, however the scholarship will continue to honor her name and life influence for many years to come.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School, female, and have been accepted into a post-secondary institution, and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education, business, and/or accounting. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Mike Johnson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Mike Johnson Memorial Scholarship was established to provide educational support for a deserving graduate of Mt. Vernon High School. Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School, be residents of Hancock County, Indiana, be within the top one-third academically of their class, but not ranked among the top ten students, and be members of the Student Staff/Student Council. Preference may be given to a male member of the Student Staff/Student Council. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Judy and Howard Jones Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Judy and Howard Jones Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by Judy to allow a New Palestine senior to pursue their dreams of a post-secondary education in a college, university, or other post-secondary institution.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of New Palestine High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Nancy King “Dare To Dream” Adult Scholarship Endowment Fund in Honor of the Greenfield Kiwanis Club
The purpose of this fund is to honor the Greenfield Kiwanis Club, a group whose members have been like family to Nancy, providing educational support to those who wish to obtain additional education or training after the normal course of their education or vocational training has been interrupted for any reason.
Applicants must be current residents of Hancock County, at least 21 years of age, have had their normal course of education interrupted for any reason; and plan to pursue a post-secondary education credential. Recipients will be chosen based on their determination to continue their education and improve employment opportunities.
Dr. Brian and Charlotte Kirkwood Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Dr. Brian and Charlotte Kirkwood Scholarship was established because of their commitment to helping the youth of the county. They believe education is truly a pathway to a successful future. It is the Kirkwood’s hope that the scholarship recipients would eventually use their education to be a part of the community through their service to others.
The couple is a resident of Hancock County with Dr. Kirkwood (DDS) owning and operating his own Dental Group via Brandywine Dental Group, PC. It was their desire to invest in the local youth who work hard in school and participate in athletics, so that hopefully, they, in turn, would reinvest in our community.
The Dr. Brian and Charlotte Kirkwood Scholarship provides educational support to residents of Hancock County seeking a four year degree at an accredited public college or university. Applicants must be a graduating senior attending a Hancock County High School and must be a resident of Hancock County. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Nolan “Skip” Kuker Award for Community Enrichment Scholarship
This fund was established by the Justus Companies to honor the Heart, Passion and Dedication of Nolan “Skip” Kuker to the community of Hancock County. Skip’s forward thinking, community involvement and the ability to fight through adversity is creating a legacy. In Skip’s own words, he would “eat glass” for his peers and community. This scholarship will provide educational support for individuals that have shown to be stand-out community leaders.
Florence M. Lacy Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Florence M. Lacy Scholarship Trust Fund was established in 1996. Its purpose is to assist deserving students from Hancock County in attending a college or university. Income from this trust fund will be shared each year by selected students representing Eastern Hancock and Greenfield-Central High Schools.
Florence Lacy graduated from Westland High School, Hancock County, Indiana, in 1923. Following high school, she entered Central Normal College in Danville, Indiana, to prepare for her career in the field of education and graduated in the summer of 1926. She continued her education at Butler and Ball State Universities, teaching her students during the day and attending school in the evening.
Florence began her teaching career at·Brandywine Township in the fall of 1926. The following years she also taught at Westland and the Riley Building in Greenfield. Over the years she taught students in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
Florence married Gerald G. Lacy on March 12, 1932. During World War II, Mr. Lacy served his country by enlisting in the military. Being the patriotic person she was, Florence chose to give up her teaching and did what she could for the war effort by working at the Rayon Factory and Guide Lamp in Anderson, Indiana. After the war was over she returned to her teaching career at the Riley Building and retired from there on June 1, 1970. However, Florence continued to teach by tutoring adults in the subjects of reading and writing until she became ill in January, 1993, at the age of 87.
A lifelong and distinguished member of the Hancock County community, Florence dedicated her life to her husband, family and education until she died on April 9, 1995. Florence was an inspiration to all who knew her by the way she chose to live her life.
The Florence M. Lacy Scholarship Trust Fund was established with the Hancock County Community Foundation in June 1996, to provide educational support for one student from Eastern Hancock High School and one student from Greenfield-Central High School to attend college who otherwise could not afford to further their education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Hugh Leary Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Hugh Leary Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund shall be awarded to a graduating senior of Greenfield-Central High School who intends to continue his or her education in the vocational/technical profession. Mr. Leary was a strong advocate of this type of education, being exposed to such from early childhood by and with his maternal grandfather. Mr. Leary’s positive and helpful attitude toward those who showed promise and diligence in a vocational field was demonstrated throughout his life. Family and friends recall numerous times when he would offer help, either financially or encouragingly, to some young person who had need and desire to learn a given trade. It is the hope of his surviving family that students so inclined may avail themselves of this fund by earnestly applying their skills to learning in their chosen vocational field. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Zach Lett Running for Excellence Scholarship Endowment Fund
Zach Lett was a young man who was athletic, passionate and full of life. He was a student at Greenfield-Central High School who would have graduated with the class of 2005. He was involved in extracurricular activities like Track & Field and Cross Country. As a person, he was always trying to do the right things, be kind to others and exemplified great leadership qualities through his character. Though a quiet leader, Zach was very popular and caring to others. After his passing from a terrible auto accident, his family, friends and the school community pulled together to push to honor his memory and show others the kind of love that displayed in his life.
Todd Lewis Gift of Life Memorial Scholarship
Todd was a courageous student and athlete who battled cancer during his senior year in high school. As a 2006 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School, he made enormous impact on his school as well as the entire community. He will be remembered for his strength, courage, infectious smile, and relentless humor.
In his senior year of high school, he was co-captain of the soccer team, and it was in the middle of the season that he was diagnosed. Though diagnosed in 2005, he fought hard and managed to graduate in May of 2006 with a 3.45 GPA. Not only did Todd play soccer, he also participated on the football team, played basketball, ran track and excelled in the classroom during his time in high school. This memorial scholarship was established by family and friends to continue the legacy of Todd Lewis and his battle with cancer.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. Selection will be based on financial need, good moral character, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Preference will be given to students who have battled cancer or some other life threatening disease.
David Lodwick Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
David Lodwick grew up in New Palestine and graduated from New Palestine High School in 2003. As he was growing up, football played a major role in his life, teaching him that mental and physical toughness were attributes needed to be successful in life. Although academic success did not come easily, David worked hard and was rewarded with an Academic All-State award. He chose to attend the United States Military Academy and graduated in 2007. Again, David showed physical and mental toughness, as he was awarded the MVP award for the Army Rugby Team in 2007. He was killed in September 2007 while attending the Field Artillery Officer’s Basic Course in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of New Palestine High School, have played four years of high school football, and plan to pursue a post-secondary education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Shannon-Lyon Elementary Education Scholarship Endowment Fund
Betty Shannon-Lyon attended Butler University where she graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Education. She was a teacher for the Lincoln School in Greenfield from 1952-57, and then continued her career at Lincoln Park Elementary School, where she taught from 1969-1990.
Even after Betty retired from teaching, she gave back to the community, volunteering at the Hancock County Public Library and then, Hancock Memorial Hospital. She was also a member at First Presbyterian Church in Greenfield and a past board member of Nameless Creek Youth Camp. Jill and Jane, Betty’s two daughters, founded this scholarship in her honor.
The four-year renewable scholarship provides educational support to a graduating senior of Greenfield-Central High School planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in post-secondary elementary education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Mark Mattick Mental Attitude Award Endowment Fund
Mark was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 and died eight years later in 1990. He was president of the band during his senior year at Mt. Vernon High School. Former band director Mr. Tom Stadler established this award in Mark’s honor in 1991, and Mark’s parents later endowed funds at the Hancock County Community Foundation. This award is given each year to a senior band member at MVHS. This is not an outstanding musician award, but rather is based on the following: By their living, displays a spirit of being friendly, kind, sincere, trustworthy, unselfish, courageous, and truthful in their association with others.
Maxwell United Methodist Memorial Scholarship Fund of Hancock County
The former congregation of the Maxwell United Methodist Church has made scholarships available to graduating seniors and past graduates of a Hancock County public high school who wish to obtain or are currently enrolled in an asssociate’s or bachelor’s degree program at an accredited public college or university or to adults, who wish to obtain additional education and/or training in order to increase employment opportunities after the normal course of their education has been interrupted.
Applicants who are graduating seniors or current college students must have been active members of a United Methodist church congregation throughout four years of high school and college. Adult applicants must be current residents of Hancock County, Indiana and be active members of a United Methodist congregation. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Robert W. and Vera S. Maxwell Scholarship Endowment Fund
Vera and Robert were married back in 1950. Vera lived in Greenfield, Indiana, her entire life where she graduated from Greenfield High School and also received a business degree from IUPUI. She was an executive secretary at Navistar, and a member of Sigma Beta Tau Chapter, Brandywine Yacht Club, Greenfield Country Club, and Hancock Memorial Hospital Guild.
After her husband passed away in 1991, she decided to form a Charitable Remainder Trust to help out various non-profit groups in the area. Vera passed on in 2002; however, in her will, she left the remainder of her trust to start the Robert W. and Vera S. Maxwell scholarship.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Amy L. McKee-Everett Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
Remembering the giving and caring spirit of her sister, Angie Graddy established the Amy L. McKee-Everett Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund was established to honor a young woman, wife, and mother who enjoyed and cared for other people, always finding good in someone even if others couldn’t. Her friends and family know that in 31 short years she touched and blessed many lives.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Bruce McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund
A lifetime of giving… that is what comes to mind when you hear the names Jack and Rose McKinney.
Jack and Rose were both educators in the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation until they retired after 34 and 27 years, respectively. Jack and Rose are passionate about learning and instilling a good work ethic in the lives they touch and their two boys.
Jack and Rose became familiar with the Hancock County Community Foundation (HCCF) when their son Bruce passed away in 1992. Tom Miller, who knew the McKinneys through the Mt. Vernon School Board, introduced them to the new philanthropic prospects through the community foundation in its inaugural year.
Bruce attended Vincennes University and had a passion for the arts, animals, Boy Scouts, and his family. Jack and Rose formed the Bruce McKinney Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1993 to honor his memory and provide educational support to other students. Bruce was a talented artist, therefore the scholarship benefits a student who has been a member of the Mt. Vernon National Art Society. The McKinneys were one of the first donors to establish a scholarship fund with HCCF.
Jack and Rose are thankful for HCCF and its work for the community. “It gave people like us a chance to start and make a difference in the community… Kids can benefit from scholarships, community projects, and more,” they explain.
Jack and Rose gave the gift of learning to so many students over the years, gave the gift of love and home to their two adopted boys, and gave the gift of perpetual education support to their community. Jack and Rose, members of the John Hancock Legacy Society, have written HCCF in their will to continue their legacy in this community.
Bruce was a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School in 1988. Growing up, he excelled in tennis and had a passion for animals. Bruce graduated from Vincennes University in 1990 with a degree in Commercial Art.
A tragic accident claimed his life in 1992, and his parents, Jack and Rose, formed this scholarship in 1993 to honor his memory and provide educational support to other students. Bruce was a very talented artist, therefore the scholarship benefits a student who has been a member of the Mt. Vernon National Art Society.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School and be residents of Hancock County, Indiana. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Nancy Terrell Miller Scholarship Endowment Fund
Nancy Terrell, daughter of well-known educators Paul and Judy Terrell, created her own legacy through her tremendous volunteer efforts. After marrying her high school sweetheart, Tom, Nancy had three children. She was active as a school volunteer and devoted countless hours to the Hancock County 4-H program. Nancy’s life ended far too soon when she lost her battle with cancer.
In her honor, a scholarship was created by her family to provide educational support to an individual who has shown involvement in the areas of community sharing – based on proof of their community service. Preference is given to those individuals involved with volunteerism in areas near and dear to Nancy’s heart including the McCordsville Fire Department, American Red Cross, service to the elderly, and involvement with or in the Hancock County 4-H program. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Debra L. Plank Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
This fund was established in memory of Debbie Plank, who was a 4-H leader for 14 years and served as co-chairman of the 4-H foods project and foods auction for 13 years. Not only did she volunteer her time and efforts where needed with 4-H activities, she also was a member of Mohawk United Methodist Church where she was an organist, and helped out with various Church activities including youth activities. She even got to serve for a little while on the Hancock County Community Foundation board. Debbie was a wonderful person who put faith and family first and her friends even became a part of her family.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or other post-secondary institution actively pursuing at a minimum, an associate’s degree. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Viva Pressler Scholarship Endowment Fund
Ms. Viva Pressler had a tremendous passion for education, and more specifically the areas of mathematics and the sciences. Based on her passion, Ms. Pressler utilized her estate plan to establish the Viva Pressler Scholarship. Upon her death, this scholarship endowment fund was formalized via her estate plan and passed to the Community Foundation for implementation. This scholarship provides support to a graduating senior or past graduate of a Hancock County public high school who has maintained at least a “B” average in mathematics and science during their high school career and who is planning to continue their education at a post-secondary institution. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
James and Margaret Richardson Scholarship Endowment Fund
Named in honor of his parents, Graham Richardson established this fund for the purpose of providing educational support to graduating students or past graduates of Greenfield-Central High School planning to attend an Indiana college or university to pursue a baccalaureate degree.
James Whitcomb Riley Festival Scholarship Endowment Fund
James Whitcomb Riley (October 7, 1849 – July 22, 1916) was an American writer, poet, and best-selling author. During his lifetime he was known as the Hoosier Poet and Children’s Poet for his dialect works and his children’s poetry respectively. His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley authored, the majority are in dialect. His famous works include “Little Orphant Annie” and “The Raggedy Man”.
Riley began his career writing verses as a sign maker and submitting poetry to newspapers. Thanks in part to an endorsement from poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, he eventually earned successive jobs at Indiana newspaper publishers during the latter 1870s. Riley gradually rose in prominence during the 1880s through his poetry reading tours. He traveled a touring circuit first in the Midwest, and then nationally, holding shows and making joint appearances on stage with other famous talents.
Riley became a bestselling author in the 1890s. His children’s poems were compiled into a book and illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy. Titled the Rhymes of Childhood, the book was his most popular and sold millions of copies. As a poet, Riley achieved an uncommon level of fame during his own lifetime. He was honored with annual Riley Day celebrations around the United States and was regularly called on to perform readings at national civic events. He continued to write and hold occasional poetry readings until a stroke paralyzed his right arm in 1910.
Although popular in his day, modern critics rate Riley as a minor poet, citing the quality of his work and his lack of serious subject matter as their reasons. Riley’s chief legacy was his influence in fostering the creation of a mid-western cultural identity and his contributions to the Golden Age of Indiana Literature. Along with other writers of his era, he helped create a caricature of mid-westerners and formed a literary community that produced works rivaling the established eastern literati. There are many memorials dedicated to Riley, including the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.
The scholarship endowment was created by Greenfield, Indiana’s Riley Festival Board of Directors to honor a Hancock County graduating senior.
Applicants must be a graduating senior of a Hancock County school. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Helen Roath Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Helen Roath Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by her husband, Rollo Roath, at the Hancock County Community Foundation. Scholarship recipients will be students who have found it necessary to interrupt their education and desire to return to the classroom. The recipient must be a Hancock County resident. The scholarship may be used at a vocational school, college, or university located in the state of Indiana. A scholarship selection committee, consisting of members of the location Upsilon Chapter of Tri Kappa sorority, will review applications.
Applicants must be a female, beat at least 25 years of age, be a high school graduate, be a U.S. citizen, be a resident of Hancock County, and attend a school of applicant’s choice in Indiana. Recipient will be chosen based on an autobiography outlining career goals and pertinent background information.
Rotary Club of Greenfield and Greenfield Rotary Scholarship Endowment Funds
Rotary International, the world’s first service club, is defined as “an organization of business and professional men and women, united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
For years, Rotary’s commitment to Service Above Self has been channeled through the Avenues of Service, which form the foundation of club activity. The Avenues of Service are:
- Club Service- Service within one’s club
- Community Service- Service to one’s local community
- Vocational Service- Service to one’s business or profession
- International Service- Service in the development of friendly international relations
- New Generations Service- Service with younger individuals through leadership development activities
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Eastern Hancock, Mt. Vernon, Greenfield- Central, or New Palestine High School or be current Hancock County residents who are graduating seniors at a private or parochial high school. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Christine Schaefer Theatre Scholarship Endowment
This scholarship was established to honor Christine Schaefer, founder and director of KidsPlay, Inc. Chris has dedicated countless hours fostering the passion to act among hundreds of young people who have studied under her extraordinary guidance.
The mission of KidsPlay is to nurture self-confidence, cooperation and responsibility in children by providing a quality, community theatre experience, focusing on small-cast productions with attention to dramatic skills and theatre arts.
KidsPlay, Inc. is a non-profit, all volunteer children’s theatre group located in Greenfield, Indiana. They present two shows a year featuring children in the third through eighth grades from Hancock and the surrounding counties.
The KidsPlay Dungeon is located in the basement of the Memorial Building at 98 East North Street, Greenfield. Their performance location is just a block west of the Memorial Building at the Ricks Centre for the Arts, 122 West Main.
Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, be KidsPlay, Inc. alumni with at least two years participation in KidsPlay, Inc. programs and be planning to pursue a theatrical degree in performance and/or education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Scholarship in Honor of Service and Sacrifice
Established by an anonymous donor, this scholarship honors members of those who’ve served and sacrificed on behalf of the community they are dedicated to protect. Children of Hancock County law enforcement, fire protection services, and emergency personnel are eligible to apply.
Scott Family Agricultural Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Scott Family Agricultural Scholarship was established by John, George, and Paul Scott in honor of their parents, Robert and Doris Scott, who were married in 1936 and farmed together for almost 50 years in the Jackson Township area near where the original Scott ancestors settled in 1841. They were active in Farm Bureau and in their church, Curry’s Chapel, for many years. They were the fifth generation of Scott farmers to live in the same area.
Robert graduated from Charlottesville High School, as did his sons and grandchildren, while Doris graduated from Maxwell High School. Their three children, John, George and Paul, still reside in this area and have deep roots in the agricultural community. For this reason, they decided to create a fund to promote agriculture and agricultural-related fields in the form of education for students of Eastern Hancock High School.
The farming spirit continues, as a seventh generation is now farming some of the same land which the original family owned. It is hoped that, by this gift, the dream of farming can continue as it has for the last 150 years.
Gladys Hancock Shumway Scholarship Endowment Fund
Gladys Faye Hancock, born Feb 15, 1909, was the daughter of Claude Archibald and Minnie Inez Ostermeier Hancock. She was a 1926 graduate of Mt. Comfort High School. Gladys attained her teaching degree from Indiana Central College; however, she later continued her education through courses at Butler University and Indiana University.
After graduation, Gladys immediately returned to her alma mater to teach high school, and after the consolidation, she moved to Mt Vernon High School. She taught Mathematics, Latin, and Girls Physical Education classes. Gladys also served for many years as the sponsor of the senior class and helped regularly with production of the school’s yearbook. She was truly dedicated to her students.
Gladys retired from teaching in 1974 after 44 years of teaching only because she was needed at home to care for her father. She was very family oriented and very strict when it came to education. Gladys was married to Donald Shumway for 17 years until his death in 1967. Gladys and Don never had any children of their own, but in her eyes she had many. Gladys passed away on April 1, 1988. A student shares, “One of my favorite memories of Gladys was when she took my senior class to New York City and Washington D. C. The year was 1948.”
This scholarship was established in 1975 by the Mt. Comfort Alumni Association, many members of who had Gladys as their teacher and wanted to honor her dedication to education.
Applicants must be graduating seniors from Mt. Vernon High School, be current U.S. citizens, be current residents of Buck Creek or Vernon Township in Hancock County, Indiana. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Judy D. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
The following is a tribute to Judy Smith, authored in a letter by the staff and students of Mt. Vernon Elementary School in 1995 to Governor Evan H. Bayh asking that she be considered for “Distinguished Hoosier Award”.
“We are writing in reference to an exceptionally wonderful teacher who is suffering from a tragic, degenerative disease, ALS. Judy Smith is one of those teachers that not only does an excellent job of teaching each day, but she has always done is with such dedication and style. At Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation, we use the phrase “go the second mile”. In describing Judy, she surely has gone at least the “tenth mile” on a daily basis for many years.
Judy has been teaching a total of 22 years at Mt. Vernon Elementary. She has always been an excellent role model, help, and inspiration to everyone who has ever worked with her. Even though her physical abilities are becoming limited, her enthusiasm for teaching remains strong. She always was, and still is, a major contributor of creative teaching ideas.
Judy has been the backbone of our Indiana History curriculum. Over the course of fourteen years, the curriculum has evolved into a “step back into history” through various enriching educational activities which include guest artists, field trips, a pioneer feast, and pioneer projects. It is a valuable experience remembered by students forever.
Mt. Vernon Elementary was one of the first schools in Indiana to do a joint PBA-North Central Evaluation. At that time, the concept of doing a combined study was considered an almost impossible task. Under Judy’s leadership, the project was hailed as a great success and recommended as a model for other elementary schools to follow.
Over the course of many teaching years, Judy has shared her knowledge, talent, and love with many young people. She has touched the hearts of her students so much that many of them are returning to her classroom now, offering to help her in any way that they can.
Judy has become a hero at Mt. Vernon Elementary. The central office administration and the school staff have done a wonderful job of supporting Judy daily, giving her the opportunity to continue to do what she loves doing most: TEACH! She suffers continually, but never complains. She relishes every moment of every day for she knows that she will not be able to continue forever. She has been such an inspiration to her students, friends, and the community, that we do not want this hero to go unnoticed.
As a result of this beautiful tribute, Judy was honored with the “Distinguished Hoosier Award” as well as the “Bell Ringer Award”. This scholarship was created by her husband, Bruce, as a lasting memorial to his very special wife.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School, be residents of Hancock County, Indiana, be in the top one-third of their class academically, and intend to major in elementary education. Selection will be based on scholastic ability and potential for successful completion of a higher education program, demonstration of good citizenship, involvement in extracurricular activities, and a caring personality.
Naomi Ann Smith “Teaching with Love” Scholarship Endowment Fund
A graduate of Eastern Hancock and of Ball State University, Naomi was a sweet girl with a big heart and passion for kids and teaching. She loved helping out her grandfather at the Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village, volunteering wherever needed. Children loved working with her just as much as she did with them, which truly shows why she got her Bachelor’s in Education from Ball State. Naomi was known for her strong work ethic, responsibility, caring attitude and love for life.
She was sadly taken in a tragic car accident in 2008. Her family knew immediately that she would want them to do something to benefit others. Naomi credited her receipt of the Earl and Irene Brooks Scholarship, administered by the Community Foundation, for making it financially possible for her to attain her elementary education degree and work with children right here in Hancock County where she had been born and raised.
Her parents, Barbara and Earl, established a fund for an Eastern Hancock High School graduating senior or past graduate, in pursuit of a four-year elementary education degree. The primary criterion is financial need along with a strong desire to work with children, particularly those who struggle academically. The first scholarship was awarded in the spring of 2009. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Ashlee Brooke Spangler Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
In a lasting tribute to a young lady who made an impact on the lives around her, this scholarship fund is for a New Palestine High School graduating senior. Ashlee was an honor student at New Palestine High School where she participated on the golf team, and softball team…including the All-Star Softball Team. Ashlee worked hard as a waitress at Steak ‘N’ Shake, and yet served as a member of the Nazarene Youth International. Her untimely death at age 16 led her loved ones to start this scholarship fund in her honor and to help other students continue in their educational goals.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of New Palestine High School and be residents of Hancock County, Indiana. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Lewis and Louise Spilker Memorial Education Scholarship Endowment Fund
Louise Spilker grew up in the panhandle of Texas. After high school she attended Denton College for women and later began working in a business office in Amarillo, Texas. It was here that she met Lewis who was in the Army Air Corps and stationed at Amarillo Air Field. They got married in 1943 and then moved to Indianapolis after he was out of the service, as Lewis grew up in Hancock County.
When her boys were in school, Louise went back to school herself and received her degree from Butler University in home economics. Even after she started teaching in the area, she went on the complete her Master’s degree at Purdue University in psychology and family living. Then she taught at Creston Jr. High and at Warren Central until she retired until 1985. She also wrote and published a book called, “Sewing Know-Why.”
Lewis worked at Eli Lilly working as a draftsman, accountant, and headed up payroll accounting for the Elizabeth Arden division of Eli Lilly. He finally retired in 1981 after 35 years of employment with Eli Lilly. Both Lewis and Louise believed in God and Church, family, and a commitment to hard work and friendships.
The scholarship provides educational support to Warren Central and Greenfield-Central graduating students.
Greenfield Kiwanis J. B. Stephens Scholarship
This scholarship fund, created by the Greenfield Kiwanis, honors the achievements and community service of one of its longest and proudest members J. B. Stephens. This gentlemen dedicated his life to service in the community through his active participation in Kiwanis for over 50 years. Qualified students must plan to pursue a major in the field of education.
Kevin Storm Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
Kevin may have been born in St. Louis Missouri, but he was a 1975 graduate of Greenfield-Central High School. He went on to graduate from Purdue University in 1980 with a degree in Pharmacy. The last 17 years of his life he worked as a director and manager for Pharmaceutical Development at GlaxoSmithKline. Kevin and his team were instrumental in receiving numerous pharmaceutical patents for the development of medications such as Paxil, Augmentin XR, Bactroban and several others.
Kevin was a member at IndianKentuck Baptist Church in Canaan, Indiana. He also held membership with numerous groups such as John Purdue Club, Purdue University President’s Council and the National Rifle Association.
His mother, Thelma Storm Spencer, and brother, David Spencer, started this Memorial Scholarship in his tribute so they could honor his memory and also help provide educational support to graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School who wish to further their education at Purdue University.
Selection will be based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, good moral character, and financial need. Preference may be given to students who will study the field of pharmacy. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Lewis F. Strahl Scholarship Endowment Fund
Mr. Strahl was a life- long resident of the New Palestine community whose ancestors made their home in Hancock County in the early 1800’s. He will be remembered for his unique personality and generous heart. In 2009, through Lewis Strahl’s planned estate gift, HCCF received his gift of land. In his will, Lewis asked that the land be retained by HCCF for ten years and the income generated from crops be divided equally between two endowments: one for New Palestine United Methodist Church and one to create scholarships for students graduating from New Palestine High School.
Through the donation of his gift of farmland to HCCF, income generated grows this endowed fund to provide educational support to graduating students and past graduates of New Palestine High School.
Applicants must be graduating students or past graduates of New Palestine High School; and plan to pursue a post-secondary education credential. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Chris Sullivan Memorial Music Booster Scholarship Endowment Fund
Chris was a charming, bright young man who was a senior attending Mt. Vernon High School and had a very promising future ahead of him. He was the kind of son parents’ dream of having: involved in multiple school activities like Band and Drama Club, member of National Honor Society and he had been a recent finalist for the Lilly Endowment’s Community Scholarship. He had a contagious smile and was known for doing the right thing; even in his last moments he was doing the very best he could, swerving to avoid slamming into a car that had pulled out in front of him. This fund was created in his memory, to honor his life, and give others the opportunity to further their education of which Chris Sullivan was looking forward to doing after graduating high school.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School, have participated in the music program (vocal or instrumental) both semester for all four years of high school, and plan to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary institution as a full-time student. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Evelyn Thompson Honorary Scholarship Endowment Fund
Evelyn has always loved music and enjoys her talented grandchildren’s ability to play and perform. The Evelyn Thompson Scholarship reflects Evelyn’s passion for music and her desire for others to experience its life- changing impact. This fund provides educational support to a Mt. Vernon High School senior who has been a four- year member of the high school band or choir and has been accepted as a full time student to a college or university. Evelyn’s gift leaves a legacy of music appreciation to many families.
Bob Tracy Business Scholarship Endowment Fund
In November of 2000, Mrs. Jeanne Tracy Meddock established the “Bob Tracy Business Scholarship Endowment Fund” on behalf of the Ernest Tracy Family in memory of her son, Mr. Bob Tracy.
With a passion for business development, Bob built a very successful career using his business education and savvy to realign both for-profit and non-profit organizations. As a graduate of the Indiana University School of Business, Bob began his business career in 1977 as the President and majority owner of AADCO, Inc. Along the way, he increased the market share of a small air freight company 71% in one year and guided AADCO, Inc. from the depths of bankruptcy to record profits. Bob was truly a business entrepreneur.
The “Bob Tracy Business Scholarship Endowment Fund” will provide educational support in the form of a scholarship to a graduating senior of Greenfield-Central High School, who plans to pursue a business degree at Indiana University. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Steve Utt Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Inc. established this scholarship in memory of Steve Utt, a native of Sugar Creek Township who spent 12 years working with the RCA Tennis Championships. Mr. Utt worked for Hunt Construction as a project manager in the construction of many sports venues, such as the RCA Dome and Market Square Arena. He also worked on many other stadiums built in the 1970s and 80s, such as the Dolphin Stadium in Miami. When Hunt Construction began sponsoring the RCA Championships, Utt became involved with the Stadium Committee and with several renovation projects at the Indianapolis Tennis Center.
This scholarship was established to recognize a graduating senior who wishes to pursue either an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, architecture, building trades, drafting or some other field relating to building trades at an accredited college or university in the state of Indiana. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Endowment Fund
Icy was born in Laurel County, Kentucky on October 28, 1925. She graduated from Corbin Kentucky High School in 1944. After World War II, Icy moved to Indianapolis and was employed by Eli Lilly and Company. In 1952, Icy went to work as a secretary for Western Electric, eventually retiring in August 1980. George was born on June 3, 1916 on a farm near Spiceland in Henry County, Indiana. Following graduation from high school, George moved to Indianapolis and began his trade as a tool and die maker. George worked for Stewart-Warner, Swisher Tool and Die, and the Chrysler Corporation before eventually going to work for Western Electric in the early 1940s. George and Icy were married in October 1961. Both were active in the Western Electric Horse Riding Club. They resided in rural Vernon Township where they tended to their horses, mostly Palominos and Morgans. Both enjoyed gardening, canning, and preserving the foods they grew in the gardens. Icy would often write poems and sketch pictures and George often enjoyed listening to music.
After Icy passed away, George lived in a nursing home where he enjoyed the performances by local high school students who would come to sing and dance for the residents. George passed away on June 3, 1999. To this end, George left both his and Icy’s entire estate to the Hancock County Community Foundation to endow and establish the George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Endowment Fund. Because the Vaughns wanted others to be able to share their appreciation of the performing arts, this scholarship fund was established with the Hancock County Community Foundation to recognize the youth in Hancock County who enrich our lives. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6904 Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a membership organization that works on behalf of American veterans. Members must be a US citizen or national with an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces or currently serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. Membership also requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict and decoration with an expeditionary medal, a campaign medal or ribbon.
The VFW serves its members by lobbying Congress for better veterans’ health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.
The VFW also donates millions of dollars and millions of hours for community service. The national organization’s model permeates the local chapters including that of the VFW Post #6904. Members of the local post established two scholarships in 1999.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of Mt. Vernon High School or Pendleton High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6904 Pendleton Heights Scholarship Endowment
The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a membership organization that works on behalf of American veterans. Members must be a US citizen or national with an honorable discharge from the US Armed Forces or currently serving in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy. Membership also requires military service overseas during an operation or conflict and decoration with an expeditionary medal, a campaign medal or ribbon.
The VFW serves its members by lobbying Congress for better veterans’ health care and benefits. The VFW also maintains a nationwide organization of employees and volunteers to assist veterans with their VA disability claims.
The VFW also donates millions of dollars and millions of hours for community service. The national organization’s model permeates the local chapters including that of the VFW Post #6904. Members of the local post established two scholarships in 1999, one for a graduating senior from Pendleton High School and the other for a graduating senior from Mt. Vernon High School. Reflective of the organization’s high standards, qualifying students must show traits of good character, leadership potential and good citizenship. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Ann Waitt Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund
It came as a huge shock to the greater Hancock County “4-H family” when Ann Waitt, mother of four active 4-Hers and wife to Walter Waitt, longtime swine barn superintendent, collapsed at the Hancock County Fair in 1980 whileworking in the Lemonade Shake-Up Stand. As always, Ann was dedicating her time and talents to further the 4-H Program when she passed away in 1980.
The Ann Waitt Memorial Scholarship is awarded at the 4-H Awards Banquet every October. This scholarship was created by Walter and Ann’s children to honor their wife and mother, fondly remembered by many as making the fairgrounds her second home during fair week!
Applicants must be Hancock County 4-H members who will complete their final year of 4-H activity this year and be enrolled in an accredited college or university and actively pursuing, at a minimum, an associate’s degree. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Richard and Judith E. White Memorial Scholarship
In honor of the many contributions to their community and professions, Keith White and Stephanie White-Longworth, the children of Richard and Judith White, have established a scholarship fund to further the educational endeavors of citizens of Hancock County. Richard, a successful business owner of the local community, and Judith, a Registered nurse, both supported those that believed in furthering their own career and making a better life for themselves.
Applicants must be residents of Hancock County or Henry County. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Wickliff Athletic Sportsmanship Award in memory of Bill and Wilma Wickliff
There wasn’t a home New Palestine High School sporting event where you didn’t see Bill and Wilma Wickliff. Their enthusiasm and spirited support of the home team was evident in their regular attendance and vocal support. Their children, Jay and Linda, decided to create a permanent fund at the Community Foundation from which awards will be given perpetually. The tradition of awarding the Wickliff Athletic Sportsmanship Award will continue by recognizing one male and one female student who have participated in a minimum of one sport their senior year of high school and have exhibited good sportsmanship, work ethic, mental attitude and teamwork. Qualifying students must be nominated by the Athletic Director.
Mildred Hawkins Wilfong Scholarship Fund
Millie was a 1943 graduate of Greenfield High School. She attended Indiana Business College in Indianapolis. After World War II, she married and raised a family of four children. Millie was an artist who brought beauty into her home through her oil paintings, skill in interior decorating, and sewing a fashionable wardrobe for herself and her children. This scholarship was established by her children to provide financial assistance to a graduating senior of Greenfield-Central High School who will pursue an accredited degree or certification at a college, university, or vocational/technical school in the state of Indiana. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Wilfong Family Scholarship Fund
Many members of the Wilfong family and those they married attended Charlottesville, Wilkinson and Eastern Hancock High School and presided in Hancock County. Founders of the fund, Cheryl, Dona (& James Fuller), Paul (& Debbie), honor the Wilfong Family heritage through this need-based scholarship for Eastern Hancock students who might not otherwise be able to attain a college education. Their father was a poor student, so this was part of their inspiration for the Scholarship and who they had in mind to help. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduating senior or an adult graduate of Eastern Hancock High School who plans to pursue an accredited degree or certification at a college, university, or other post-secondary institution.
Applicants must be graduating seniors or past graduates of Eastern Hancock High School and be in the top one-third of their high school class academically. The primary criterion is financial need. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Hazel Sitton Woost Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Hazel Sitton Woost scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School who wish to study business with preference to those who plan to pursue an accredited certification or associate’s degree. Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Walter P. and Virginia Worland Scholarship Endowment Fund
Walter and Virginia Worland were lifelong residents of Greenfield. Virginia worked at the Indiana Gas Company for fifty years. Walter worked in the local newspaper industry before he retired and was an active member in many civic organizations. He was always interested in the present and future of Hancock County, serving on the Greenfield City Council and planning commission for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Worland spent their lives working hard and giving back to Hancock County. They long talked about using their resources to help children of their community reach future goals. After Virginia’s death in 2003, Walter established a scholarship fund, through the Hancock County Community Foundation, which is awarded each year to one student from each of the four Hancock County high schools. Mr. Worland has also established a memorial scholarship fund in the names of Tolbert and Dorothy Ward.
Also lifelong residents of Greenfield, the Wards were good friends and worked on many community projects with the Worland’s over the years. Tolbert and Dorothy Ward graduated from Greenfield High School in the mid-1920’s. They were married here and each worked at several local businesses throughout the years. Dorothy was a teller at Greenfield Banking Company for 22 years before working as a bookkeeper for the Greenfield School system. Tolbert, a World War II Veteran, worked at Pickett Hardware store prior to becoming a salesman for Edward K. Tryon Company. They were very active in their church and various other organizations.
The Wards cared about our community and the future of our children, and they shared these thoughts often with their good friends, Walter and Virginia Worland. It is fitting then, based on their personal relationship, that the Worland’s established a scholarship in their names well.
Applicants for the Walter P. and Virginia Worland Scholarship must be graduating seniors of a Hancock County public high school. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Wortman-Lowe Enduring Freedom Marine Corps League Detachment Scholarship Fund
Established by those who have served their country, this scholarship provides financial support to those who share their passion. It is awarded to graduating seniors and past graduates in pursuit of a post-secondary education credential.
Charles K. Wright Scholarship Endowment Fund
Charles K. Wright was a man with a unique talent and great passion for music and using that avenue to build kids’ confidence. He directed the Greenfield-Central High School choir for 20 years. Before retiring in 1987, he was the former director and co-founder of the Greenfield Community Choir, and the former director of the Greenfield Christian Church choir. Charles Wright was an incredible man who had a power that few teachers ever acquire: he could convince football players to wear tights and love it. Under his tutelage, the choir became a melting pot of athletes, serious musicians and average students who found themselves singing everything from classical music to “Bohemian Rhapsody” by the rock group Queen.
He had a true talent with his great voice, which landed him a role as a tenor soloist with Union Theological Seminary Chapel Choir in New York City in the early 1960s. Beyond being a tenor here and with other choirs, he directed various other choirs because he always wanted to be a teacher and saw music as a way to help build the confidence of students…he even took them to Canada and New York for competitions to try to help them see a bit of the world too! His personality and intense approach impacted many lives.
The Greenfield Community Choir established the Charles K. Wright Scholarship Endowment in 2008 in honor and in fond memory of Charles Wright. Applicants must be graduating seniors of Greenfield-Central High School. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Phyllis Wright Scholarship Endowment Fund
Phyllis Irene Wright was born in 1923, grew up in the Mohawk area, and graduated from Mt. Comfort High School in 1941. She was well-known in the community, particularly in the agriculture community. She lived on her family’s farm and possessed great expertise in grain marketing and merchandising. Phyllis worked at the Board of Trade in Indianapolis for the major part of her career. She also worked at Maxwell Grain Elevator and Hancock County Tractor where she was a friendly, helpful presence to all whom she served.
Phyllis had a special talent for writing poetry and left many pieces for her family to enjoy. She enjoyed needlepoint, pottery, and sharing her crafts with friends. Phyllis was an active member of Mohawk United Methodist Church and enjoyed volunteering at Hancock Regional Hospital.
Little did Phyllis know, when she signed a fund agreement in 1998, that the assets she committed as a future gift would grow as they did. On May 2nd, Ron Wyatt, who served as the estate executor, hand delivered Phyllis’ gift. He shared how very special Phyllis was to all who knew her and how pleased she would be to know the impact her gift will make in the lives of those pursuing higher education. The purpose of The Phyllis Wright Scholarship Endowment Fund is to generate grants for scholarships. Those scholarships will be awarded to past graduates or graduating students from Greenfield-Central and Mt. Vernon High Schools who are on their journey to obtain a post-secondary credential whether it be a certification, associate or bachelor’s degree. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
As with many philanthropists, humility was a character trait of Phyllis. John Apple, Phyllis’ estate planning attorney shared, “Now Phyllis would not want you to make a fuss over her. That’s just the way she was.”
Miss Wright departed this earth on July 20, 2013, but her presence will forever be remembered. Not surprisingly, Phyllis was known by all her friends and family as a very caring person. Indeed, the trait for which she will be most remembered will live on in perpetuity….thanks to her incredible gift.
Jeremiah and Tabbatha Zapf Memorial 4-H Scholarship Endowment Fund
Jeremiah and Tabbatha Zapf were siblings who attended Eastern Hancock High School, and they were both actively involved in Hancock County 4-H activities. They were on their way to the Hancock County 4-H Fair when an automobile accident tragically took their lives.
The family and friends of Jeremiah and Tabbatha Zapf established this memorial scholarship to provide educational support to Hancock County 4-H members.
The scholarships will be announced during the Championship Swine Show at the Fair.
Applicants must be Hancock County 4-H members. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.
Pictured Above: Michaelena Mays with son Landon Mays, 2011 Scholarship recipients Chase Moore and Carrie Wilson, and Dawn Burdine