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.