Lewis and Louise Spilker Memorial Education Scholarship
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.
Applicants for the Lewis and Louise Spilker Memorial Educational Scholarship must be seniors from one of the four Hancock County public high schools who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.