Scholarships & Criteria

Pendleton, Lapel Indiana Scholarships

Applications for the 2019/2020 scholarship awards are no longer being accepted.

To date, The South Madison Community Foundation has awarded over $1.5 million to students to defray the costs of higher education. The following is a current list of the South Madison Community Foundation Scholarships and the criteria considered in each scholarship selection process.

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

Julie Baer ("MamaBear") Memorial Scholarship 

  • PHHS senior who has participated in at least 2 sports, one of which is Cross Country or Track
  • Pursuing a four-year degree in the Medical field at an accredited institution
  • Cumulative GPA of at least an 8.0 on a 12.0 grade scale
  • Active in church Youth Group and evidence of community volunteerism
  • Must obtain two references-church Youth Pastor and Coach
  • Must complete an essay "How have your experiences in athletics, church and volunteerism prepared you for life?"

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