Scholarship Funds

Current Scholarship Funds

You and your neighbors past and present have helped establish and then continue to support  63 funds that are designated for scholarships to the high school graduates living in Blackford County and to local students who have already completed at least one year of college or are nontraditional students.

3M Scholarship

The 3M Company provides a scholarship for a local student pursuing a degree in engineering, science, or technology.

Dianna Mae Alfrey Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created in memory of Dianna Mae Alfrey, who as a teacher for 42 years, dedicated her life to educating and helping others. This scholarship grants financial assistance to a student from Montpelier or Harrison Township who plans to pursue a college degree in education.

Bruce C. Bade Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Jeanine M., Jennifer Ann, and Brian W. Bade in honor of their father Bruce C. Bade, who served as Blackford County Circuit Court judge until 2009. The scholarship will provide financial support to a student who plans to pursue postsecondary education in the fields of criminal justice, law, or a law-related field.

Robert L. Bales Memorial Scholarship Fund

In 2016, the Bales family established this scholarship in memory of Robert L. Bales, a native of Montpelier and active in his church and community. Mr. Bales served on the local school board for 12 years and on the industrial development board for 21 years. This scholarship is to support a student pursuing a vocational degree or certificate.

Blackford County Republican Committee Scholarship

The Blackford County Republican Committee donates a scholarship for a student pursuing a postsecondary education.

Blackford County Retired Teachers Association Scholarship

This scholarship is given by the Blackford County Retired Teachers Association to a graduating Blackford High School senior pursuing postsecondary education. This scholarship each year names specific teachers who have retired from Blackford County Schools to honor or memorialize in the presentation of the award.

Harry and Arlene Bohr Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established by Harry J. Bohr and his wife Arlene. After Mr. Bohr graduated from Hartford City High School in 1931, he and his best friend Ralph Wood hitched rides on freight trains traveling the United States during the height of the Depression. Mr. Bohr wrote about these adventures in Teenage Hobos published in 1998. This scholarship supports a student planning to pursue postsecondary education in journalism, creative writing, composition, English, or other fields related to writing.

Erma Bradford Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established as a legacy of Erma Bradford, a Hartford City native who worked many years at the Knecht Grain Elevator in Hartford City and was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church. This scholarship supports a student planning to pursue postsecondary education.

Cline-Cooley Nursing Scholarship Fund

Hazel Cline, lifelong resident of Blackford County and nurse at Blackford Hospital, chose to give back to the community in 2016 by establishing a scholarship fund for local students studying nursing.

Josh Coleman Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Lee and Cynthia Coleman in memory of their son Josh Coleman, a 2005 graduate of Blackford High School. The scholarship provides financial support to a student who plans to pursue a postsecondary education in nontraditional studies or technical training.

Mike Collins and Jerald E. Snyder Hartford City Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created in 2014 by Donald and Caroline Goetz and the Hartford City Kiwanis Club to honor the memory of two long-time Kiwanians and local businessmen, Mike Collins and Jerald Snyder. The scholarship goes to a Blackford High School graduate.

Delta Theta Tau Sorority, Inc., Nu Chapter, Scholarship in Memory of Dorothy Gadbury

This fund was created in memory of Dorothy Gadbury, who taught in various schools in Blackford County. She was one of the first teachers at Licking Elementary School in the early 1960s. She and her husband Dwight also owned a dairy farm west of Hartford City. This scholarship provides financial support to a student who plans to pursue an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in social work, counseling, or education.

Lawrence H. and M. Irene Dick Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by the Dick family in tribute to their parents, who farmed just west of Roll for many years. Mr. Dick worked at 3M, and Mrs. Dick worked at the Montpelier Glove Company. She also played the piano at Roll United Methodist Church for fifty years. This scholarship supports a student planning to study music education or the performing arts.

David C. Ford Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Joyce A. Ford in memory of her husband David C. Ford, who served as an Indiana state senator for four terms. The scholarship provides financial support to a student committed to Christian principles and good citizenship who plans to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study in pre-law, technology, math, or science at a college or university in Indiana.

Earl Greaf Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Earl Greaf, long-time Blackford County assessor. Mr. Greaf was first elected in 1974 and served for over twenty years. The scholarship financially assists a student pursing a postsecondary education.

Hartford City Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Hartford City Chamber of Commerce awards this scholarship to a Blackford High School graduate who is also a resident of Hartford City. It provides support for pursuit of postsecondary education.

Hartford City Elks #625 Scholarship Fund

The Hartford City Elks Lodge #625 has provided this scholarship to the youth of Blackford County since 1900. The scholarship provides financial support to a student who plans to pursue postsecondary education.

Hartford City Kiwanis Scholarship in Memory of Jim Evans/Max Mecklenburg

This scholarship is given each year by the Hartford City Kiwanis Club in memory of a local Kiwanian who has been active in civic affairs. The scholarship supports a student pursuing postsecondary education.

Hartford City Kiwanis Scholarship in Memory of Mike McDougall

The Hartford City Kiwanis Club established this scholarship in memory of Kiwanian Mike McDougall, a local dentist. Dr. McDougall was active in Masonic Lodge, the Shrine Club, and other civic organizations. This scholarship supports a student planning to attend Indiana University or pursuing a degree in a health care field.

Hartford City Rotary Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1950 by the Hartford City Rotary Club in order to support a Blackford High School graduate in pursuing postsecondary education.

Hartford City Rotary Scholarship in Memory of E. P. Blackburn

This scholarship was started in memory of E. P. Blackburn, the last superintendent of the Hartford City Community School Corporation and, in 1965, first assistant superintendent of the newly consolidated Blackford County Schools. Mr. Blackburn was also a well-known Rotarian. This scholarship supports a student pursuing a postsecondary education.

Hartford City Tri Kappa, Beta Xi Chapter Scholarships

The Hartford City Tri Kappa chapter provides two scholarships to local high school students as part of its mission of supporting charity, culture, and education: a scholarship for a student who plans to pursue an academic course of study and a second scholarship for a vocational course of study.

Hartford City Tri Kappa Associates Scholarship in Memory of Martha Archer and Arlo Fadely

The Hartford City Tri Kappa Associates provides a scholarship in memory of two highly involved Tri Kappa members, Martha Archer and Arlo Fadely. Both worked tirelessly on various civic and church affairs in the community.

Ed and Ruth Henderson Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is given each year to a Blackford High School senior planning to study journalism or English, secondary education, or music. These career areas honor the life work of Ed and Ruth Henderson, both teachers at Hartford City High School and then Blackford High School for over thirty years.

Jones Family Farms Scholarship

This scholarship was created by the David and Thomas Jones families, who wish to help Blackford High School graduates fund a college education. The scholarship financially supports a student who plans to pursue a two-year or four-year course of study at an accredited college.

Voyance I. and Zella J. Kegerreis Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Voyance I Kegerreis, a former teacher, and his wife Zella. The scholarship provides financial support to a student planning to pursue postsecondary education.

Travis R. Keplinger Memorial Fund

This fund was established by Dennis and Andrea Keplinger in memory of their six-year-old son, Travis. The scholarship provides financial support to a student who participated in art, music, or soccer during his/her public school years and plans to pursue postsecondary education.

Clara C. Kitterman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Clara C. Kitterman was just four months shy of living to her one hundredth birthday. She had no children but believed strongly in the importance of education. She established this scholarship fund to give financial support to a student who plans to pursue an education in the trades or to study at a business school, technical school, or four-year college.

Paul and Delight Ely Lee Scholarship Fund

This scholarship was established in 2016 by Lee’s daughter in memory of her parents. Delight Ely Lee was a 1928 graduate of Roll High School. Preference will be given to students wishing to study elementary education.

Levy Educational Fund Scholarship

This scholarship was established to help a Blackford High School graduate pursue postsecondary education.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Lilly Endowment Inc. supports one high school graduate each year with full tuition and an additional allocation for books and required equipment for each of the student’s four years of undergraduate study at an accredited Indiana college or university.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalist Scholarship

The Foundation’s Board of Directors awards a scholarship to each of the finalists in the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship initiative in recognition of the finalist’s academic achievements and community service.

Cindy K. Maddox Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by John R. Maddox, Jr., in memory of his wife Cindy K. Maddox, who was a member of the Blackford Golf Club. The scholarship grants financial support to a student who plans to pursue a degree in elementary or middle school education or in language arts education.

John R. and Jane C. Maddox Family Scholarship Fund

This fund was created by John R. and Jane C. Maddox in order to help high school graduates fund a college education. The scholarship makes financial support available to a student who plans to pursue a postsecondary education at a Christian college or university.

Guy C. and Grace Glancy Mahorney Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Jane Maddox in honor of her parents. The scholarship will provide financial support to a student who plans to pursue a degree in elementary education at Ball State University. This scholarship is renewable for a second year to a student who remains in good academic standing. Mrs. Grace Mahorney received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ball State. She taught in the elementary schools of Blackford County for many years.

Ronald A. and Melanie J. Mason, Steve R. and Michelle Stafford, and G. Jewel Wilson Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was created in 2013 by Ronald and Melanie Mason, Steve and Michelle Stafford, and Jewel Wilson, long-time owners, managers, and employees of a well-known local restaurant. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing an associate’s degree in culinary arts or bachelor’s degrees in pre-med, pre-vet, veterinary science, education, or business.

Helen and Howard McCollum Family Scholarship Fund

This endowed fund was established in 2015 by Helen McCollum in order to provide a scholarship for a student already enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year degree program in a private or public college. The scholarship also honors the memory of Mrs. McCollum’s husband, Howard McCollum, sheriff of Blackford County during the 1970s.

Thomas E. McGeath and Jesse Lee Reynolds Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created in 2014 by Joan McGeath in order to honor the memories of husband Tom McGeath and their grandson Jesse Lee Reynolds. Mr. McGeath taught sixth grade for many years with Blackford County Schools, retiring in 1995. Jesse Reynolds was a sophomore at Blackford High School at his death. This fund will provide two separate scholarships each year with preference given to students entering the teaching field, especially those planning to teach industrial technology.

McKee Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Paul McKee family to honor Paul, his wife Dorothy, and daughters Marilyn McKee Tindall and Rosemary McKee Lanham. Mr. McKee was a prominent industrialist actively involved in the founding of the Overhead Door Corporation that moved from Detroit to Hartford City in 1924. Mr. McKee was also active in Kiwanis and particularly involved with the activities of youth in the community. This scholarship is designated to support a Blackford High School graduate in pursuit of his/her postsecondary education.

Montpelier Lions Club Scholarship Fund

The Montpelier Lions Club contributes a scholarship to a local high school graduate from Montpelier from this endowment fund in order to support the graduate’s pursuit of postsecondary education.

Montpelier Pony and Saddle Club Scholarship Fund

In 2016, the Montpelier Pony and Saddle Club created a scholarship fund to provide support for a Blackford High School graduate to attend a 2-year or 4-year public or private college.

Charles Glen Morgan Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Charles Glen Morgan’s grandson Brent Benbow, who wished to honor his grandfather. Mr. Morgan loved working with youth and raising horses. The fund provides financial assistance to a Montpelier student enrolling in a postsecondary education program.

Geraldine McFerren Myers Scholarship Fund

Geraldine McFerren Myers was a long time resident of Hartford City working in her family’s business, the McFerren Grocery, until the 1960s. The scholarship gives financial support to a Blackford High School graduate who will be pursuing a postsecondary education.

Montpelier Alumni Association Scholarship

The Montpelier Alumni Association awards two scholarships, one to a boy and another to a girl, who are from the Montpelier-Harrison Township area.

Robert C. Neel Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was begun by the Reverend Robert C. Neel and his wife Sybil. The Neels founded Calvary Christian Church in 1972 in Hartford City and later the Lighthouse Church. Mrs. Neel was also an elementary teacher in Blackford County Schools for many years. This scholarship supports a student attending Indiana Wesleyan University or Taylor University.

Jorden W. Nickols Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Shelli L. and Jeffrey J. Nickols in memory of their son Jorden W. Nickols, a 2009 graduate of Blackford High School who was active in sports. The scholarship provides financial support to a student who participated in sports during high school and who plans to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study in education/coaching, criminal justice, or a science-related field.

Hal and Gretchen Oberholzer Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Hal and Gretchen Oberholzer, both retired Blackford County Schools elementary teachers. The scholarship financially supports a Blackford High School student who plans to pursue a four-year degree in elementary education.

June E. Overmeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established in 2013 by Mark Weseli in memory of his grandmother June E. Overmeyer. Mrs. Overmeyer operated a linotype machine at the Hartford City News-Times office for many years and raised five children. The scholarship goes to a student pursuing Mrs. Overmeyer’s journalism and communication interests.

Pete Redmond Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by the Redmond family in 2014 to provide financial assistance to a Blackford High School graduating senior studying education at an Indiana college. Mr. Redmond was a Blackford County native who began teaching at Northside Elementary School in Hartford City and then spent most of his 28-year career as a special education teacher at Marion High School. He lived with his family on a farm east of Hartford City.

Kevin P. Reichard Memorial Football Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Charles P. and Marcia B. Reichard in memory of their son Kevin P. Reichard. The scholarship will provide financial support to a student who participated in sports, preferably football, during high school and who plans to pursue postsecondary education.

Francis W. and Lucille M. Reidy Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Francis W. Reidy in memory of his wife, Lucille M. Reidy. Both were graduates of Blackford County schools. The scholarship provides financial support to a boy and a girl graduating from Blackford High School who plan to attend a college or university to follow a postsecondary course of study in nontraditional studies or in technical training.

Francis W. and Winifred Reidy Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Francis Reidy and his children in honor of Francis’s first wife and the children’s mother, Winifred Reidy. The scholarship provides financial support to two students, a boy and a girl, graduating from Blackford High School who plan to attend a technical or vocational school.

Jean Ann Rhodes Memorial Baseball Scholarship

This fund was established by Merrill Rhodes in memory of his wife Jean Ann Rhodes, who served as a secretary at Blackford High School for many years. Mrs. Rhodes also dedicated her time and energy to the high school baseball program, which she steadfastly supported. This scholarship offers financial support to a student who participated in baseball during high school while maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average, and plans to follow a four-year course of study at a college or university.

Roth Family Scholarship Fund

This fund was created by Dr. Wally Roth, former Taylor University professor of Computer Science and Engineering, and his wife Marlene Roth, retired teacher with Blackford County Schools. The scholarship provides financial support to a student who plans to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study in science, education, or any medical field.

William E. & Patricia A. Schantz Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by William and Patricia Schantz, founders of Hartford Concrete. The scholarship financially supports a student planning to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at a college or university in Indiana. This scholarship can be granted for four consecutive years to a recipient in good academic standing.

Miss Nancy S. Schorey, BSN, MSN, Registered Nurse Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by the Schoreys to honor the memory of Nancy Schorey, who had a long and illustrious career in nursing which included service in the United States Air Force and work as a hospital administrator. This scholarship supports a student planning to study nursing or another medical field and may be renewed for an additional three years for a student who remains in good academic standing.

Rich Scott Memorial Music Scholarship

This fund was established by Dr. R. Lewis and Pearl Scott in memory of their son Rich Scott. The scholarship gives financial support to a student who plans to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study in the field of music, or to a student who plays a musical instrument and/or simply enjoys the world of music.

Kim A. Stump Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was created in memory of Kim A. Stump, who was active in sports and athletics. Ms. Stump was the first female sports editor for the Blackford High School yearbook and coached tee ball, Little League, and boys and girls volleyball. The scholarship will provide financial support to a student who plans to pursue a full-time baccalaureate program.

Maria Torres Sulit Memorial Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by local physician Dr. Severino Sulit and his wife Karen in memory of his mother Maria Torres. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a student who plans to pursue postsecondary education.

Dr. Severino T. and Karen K. Sulit Scholarship Fund

Beginning in 2015, this scholarship will be given annually to a Blackford High School graduating senior pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a medical field. Dr. Sulit was a surgeon in Blackford County for many years while Mrs. Sulit was his office nurse. Both have been active in the community.

Trowel and Error Garden Club Scholarship

The Trowel and Error Garden Club provides a scholarship to a local student pursuing postsecondary education in landscape design or horticulture,

Floyd and Leatha Warner Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Floyd Warner, teacher and guidance counselor at Hartford City High School in the 1950s and 1960s, and his wife Leatha. A student qualifying for this scholarship must have attended Blackford High School for all four years of his/her high school career.

Errol Washburn Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Errol Washburn, an industrial arts teacher at Blackford High School for many years. This scholarship supports a student studying elementary or secondary education or a course of study in a medical field.

Young Family Charitable Scholarship

Wanting to give back to the community of their roots, David and Carol Young have established a scholarship that is renewable for up to four years, depending upon the student’s maintaining high academic standing. Mrs. Young is a native of Blackford County.