Scholarships & Criteria

Pendleton, Lapel Indiana Scholarships

One of our scholarships might be just right for you.

 

The South Madison Community Scholarship portal is now closed and will reopen in late 2017.

To date, we have awarded over $1 million to students to defray the costs of higher education. 30 different scholarships, all with unique criteria, are awarded each year.  It’s likely one of these scholarships is just right for you.

The following is a current list of the South Madison Community Foundation Scholarships, and the criteria considered in each scholarship selection process.

SCHOLARSHIP SELECTION PROCESS:
Scholarship committees are composed of board members of the South Madison Community Foundation and community volunteers.  Once the eligible applications have been reviewed, committee members recommend the recipients to the full board of SMCF for approval.  Recipients are notified of their scholarships at their Senior Awards ceremony.

 

Arabian Wrestling Club Scholarship

  • PHHS senior wrestler who has been active in wrestling for a minimum of two years
  • Pursuing a two- or four-year degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 7.0 on a 12.0 grade scale
  • Evidence of good character as well as positive leadership potential in wrestling, other activities, and in the community
  • Must obtain one reference

Blake M. Bennett Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS graduate pursuing a vocational career in the area of cosmetology from any accredited cosmetology school in the State of Indiana
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) as to why you selected cosmetology as your chosen career (included in application)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

M. Brown Memorial Scholarship

Raymond L. and Anna V. Bulen Scholarship

  • PHHS senior who is a member of the Pendleton Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Evidence of academic excellence, good moral character and good citizenship
  • Participation in community and school activities
  • Must obtain Pastor’s reference

Kevin Carey Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior who has been active in the PHHS cross country and/or track running program(s)
  • Demonstrated leadership and sportsmanship
  • Evidence of academic achievements
  • Participation in community and school activities
  • Must complete essay (700 words or less) – “How Running Has Impacted My Life Outside The Sport” (included in application)
  • Must obtain Coach’s reference

Brenda J. Cooksey Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing postsecondary vocational training or a two-year associate degree at an accredited institution
  • Regular or Core 40 diploma
  • Cumulative GPA of 6 or better on a 12-point grading system
  • Must obtain one Teacher’s reference
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Bill and June Creed Memorial Scholarship

  • LHS senior pursuing a four-year degree in business (including, but not limited to accounting, economics, finance) or language arts (English, foreign language, literature) at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “B” or better
  • Evidence of a strong work ethic and active community service
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) outlining future goals in business or language arts (included in application)

Elizabeth Edmundson Memorial Music Scholarship

  • PHHS student pursuing a four-year college degree
  • Criteria in order of priority:
    • PHHS student who plays piano and will pursue a degree in a music discipline.
    • PHHS student who has been a member of band or choir and will pursue a degree in a music discipline.
    • PHHS student who has been a member of band or choir and will pursue a degree in education.
  • Evidence of volunteer or community service
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) – “How Music Has Impacted My Life” (included in application)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

George H. Fesler, Jr. PHHS FFA Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a degree in Agriculture at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “B” or better
  • Career plans in an agricultural-related field
  • Evidence of a strong work ethic and active community service
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) outlining future goals in agriculture (included in application)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Jennifer C. Fox Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing postsecondary degree at an accredited Indiana public college/university
  • Cumulative GPA of between 5.0 and 9.0 on a 12-point scale
  • Must emulate Jennifer’s freedom of thought and love of life as evidenced in essay
  • Ability to clearly express thoughts and ideas through effective writing
  • Academic performance and achievement in liberal arts
  • Must complete essay (included in application)
  • Must obtain two references: one personal/character and one Teacher’s

Charles L. Godsey Memorial Athletic Scholarship

    *Students receiving athletic scholarships are NOT eligible to apply.
  • PHHS senior active in the PHHS sports program who has received at least two varsity letters in one or more athletic programs
  • Cumulative GPA of 7 or better on a 12-point scale
  • Evidence of good mental attitude and work ethic
  • Must obtain two references: one personal/character and one Coach’s
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Donald Gwinn Memorial Scholarship

  • LHS senior pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “B” or better
  • Career plans in an agricultural-related or scientific field
  • Evidence of a strong work ethic and active community service
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) outlining future goals in agriculture or science (included in application)

Lee & Gretchen Hanna Legacy Scholarship

Tyler J. Hatheway Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “B” or better
  • Evidence of consistent, long-term and regular involvement and dedication to their local church; evidence of strong and favorable high character; and evidence of care and concern for others (a “team player”)
  • Must complete essay (250 – 500 words) – EITHER "Excluding your immediate family, who in your life has had the most influence on your character and why?" OR “When your life draws to a close, what criteria will you use to measure the successfulness of your life and why?" (included in application)
  • Must obtain two references: one Pastor’s and one personal/character or Teacher’s

Jessica D. Henson Memorial Scholarship

  • Female active in the Pendleton Jr. Softball Association Program
  • Pursuing a postsecondary degree at an accredited institution
  • Evidence of church, school and community commitment
  • Show academic potential and achievement
  • Must complete essay (included in application)
  • Must obtain two references: one personal and one Teacher’s
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Jack and Helen Hobbs Scholarship

Jefferson House Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a degree at an accredited institution
  • Winner will be chosen from the field of current applicants not receiving any other South Madison Community Foundation scholarship

J.K.L. Science Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a four-year degree related to the physical/life sciences at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 8 or better on a 12-point scale
  • Active interest in the study of physical science/life science
  • Active participation in extracurricular school and community activities
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) included in application

H. Ross Jackson and Elizabeth S. Jackson Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a four-year degree in education at an accredited Indiana institution
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of “B” or better
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Must obtain one Teacher’s reference
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Kelson L. Lineberry Memorial WEEM Scholarship

  • PHHS senior active in WEEM radio program
  • Pursuing a postsecondary degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “B” or better
  • Participation in extracurricular activities

Jill D. Mollenkopf Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS female senior who has played four continuous years of high school softball, earned a varsity letter at least two of those years and intends to play softball in college
  • Pursuing a postsecondary degree at an accredited Indiana institution
  • Evidence of school and community commitment
  • Participation in extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of exemplary leadership characteristics and school spirit
  • Must obtain two references: one personal and one Teacher’s
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Sandra A. and Mary E. ‘Beth’ Neese Memorial Scholarship

  • LHS senior
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale
  • Priority will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in public service, law or volunteering for organizations such as the Peace Corps or Americorps
  • Evidence of leadership through community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Must obtain two references
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) explaining why you think you deserve the scholarship (included in application)

PHHS Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a postsecondary degree at an accredited institution
  • Potential to complete undergraduate studies
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Exhibit moral character
  • Must obtain two references

Pendleton Lions Club Scholarship & Don Kulp Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a postsecondary degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of “C” or better
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community service-students with evidence of high level of community service will receive extra consideration for the Kulp Scholarship
  • Must obtain one Teacher’s reference
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Pendleton Optimist Club Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing additional education through vocational/technical training
  • Cumulative GPA of “C” or better for a graduating senior
  • Participation in extracurricular activities and community service
  • Must obtain one Teacher’s reference

Randolph/Fraternal Order of Police Scholarship

  • Must have a parent/grandparent who is a member of F.O.P. #48. Include copy of membership card.
  • Senior from Anderson, Lapel, Pendleton, Alexandria, Elwood or Frankton High Schools
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Jeremy Rodecap Memorial Scholarship

  • Senior of the South Madison Community School Corporation and/or a resident of Fall Creek, Adams or Green Township, Madison County, IN
  • Pursuing postsecondary training in the field of Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic OR second choice of education in the Medical Service field
  • Training must take place at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4 point scale (seniors only)
  • Evidence of community service and active church affiliation
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less) outlining career goals (included in application)
  • Must obtain two personal/character references
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Andrew D. Shoup Memorial Scholarship

  • Member of the PHHS baseball team
  • Pursuing vocational training or college degree at an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate exemplary character and citizenship characteristics
  • Evidence of a strong work ethic
  • Demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball
  • Academic aspiration and achievement as indicated by high school records
  • Must obtain two references: one personal and one Teacher’s

Howard L. and Elva Fern Simmerman Memorial Scholarship

  • PHHS senior or graduate—priority given to PHHS seniors
  • Pursuing a four-year education degree at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher on a 4-point scale
  • Evidence of leadership through community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Evidence of work ethic
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Fred St. John Memorial Scholarship

  • LHS senior pursuing a two- or four-year degree at an accredited institution
  • Evidence of leadership through community service and/or extracurricular activities
  • Must complete essay (250 words or less) of future and career goals (included in application)
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution

Ruth Willard Scholarship

  • PHHS senior pursuing a four-year degree at an accredited institution
  • Evidence of work ethic
  • Predictable success in furthering education
  • Must complete essay (500 words or less)—“What I see myself doing in 10 years and how I plan to achieve this goal”
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit the one-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Expected Family Contribution