Naomi Ann Smith “Teaching with Love” Scholarship Endowment
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.