Keith and Ann Elsbury Purdue Scholarship Endowment
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.