Scholarship Listing

The following list is intended to make your search of Heritage Fund Scholarships easier. The scholarships are listed in alphabetical order.

Note: The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be made available in late June.

Criteria for each scholarship is available with its application. Criteria and requested materials for each scholarship may vary. Applicants should read requirements carefully. The majority of Heritage Fund scholarships are applied for by using the Combined Application.

PLEASE NOTE: Because of fluctuating market conditions, not all scholarships may be available. Check for updated availability. Apply for Heritage Fund scholarships here. 

Daniel Altmiller and Elizabeth Altmiller Memorial Scholarship – Established by Bill and Jeanne Altmiller to honor the memory of their son, Danny, who passed away in December 2009, and their daughter, Elizabeth, who passed away in July 2015 and to recognize individuals who give their time and talents to help children with special needs.

Criteria: Graduating high school senior from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary educational institution and major in education, occupational therapy, or physical therapy. Preference will be given to students who specialize in special education, pediatric occupational or pediatric physical therapy and to students who participate in their high school’s Best Buddies program.

Ray Amlung Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2016 by his friends and colleagues, Ray Amlung would be proud to know that this scholarship is helping a local student pursue a degree in engineering.  Ray earned his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville, joined Cummins in June 1982, and served in a variety of roles over the course of his 35-plus year career.  As quoted by Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO of Cummins, “He was a caring, compassionate person who was committed to giving his best each day to his job, his colleagues and his friends and family. His personal and professional accomplishments cannot be overstated.”

Criteria: Graduating high school senior from Columbus North or Columbus East (including CSA New Tech who is pursuing a major in an engineering field of study.

Analytical Engineering, Inc. (AEI) Scholarship – Established by Analytical Engineering, Inc. (AEI) owners David and Angie May to assist and encourage students with financial need and are diligent in their studies to pursue careers in technical fields such as engineering, computer science, or the physical sciences.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public, private or home school; or Trinity Lutheran High School. Applicant must plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a technical field such as engineering, computer science, or the physical sciences at an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 6.5 on a 12.0 scale. Preference given to students with financial need.

Steve Antcliff Memorial Scholarship  Established to honor Steve Antcliff, who passed away in 2016. Steve was fun, full of life, a friend to everyone, and someone who had a tremendous work hard/play hard attitude. The scholarship celebrates his passion for helping others and his belief that education transforms lives.

Criteria: Graduating senior enrolled in a Bartholomew County public high school, who will attend a college, university, or technical school. Applicant should have a  minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and have participated in an extracurricular activity. Financial need will be considered.

Fred L. Armstrong Future Leaders Scholarship – This scholarship was established in 2011 by the many friends and colleagues of former Mayor Fred L. Armstrong, to honor his many years of dedication and service to the city of Columbus. Mayor Armstrong started on the Columbus Police Department and then served as Mayor of Columbus from 1996 to 2011.

Criteria: City of Columbus resident and U.S. citizen who attends or plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution, full- or part-time. Preference will be given to active duty or reserve/guard military personnel, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students, and retired military veterans. Applicants may re-apply annually.

Paul Arnett Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Paul Arnett by his wife, Marty. Paul was a local businessman and active in several community organizations. He was a graduate of Franklin College.

Criteria: Bartholomew County resident attending Franklin College as a full-time student.

Duane Barrows Scholarship – Established in memory of Duane Barrows, a coach at Columbus High School, who died in an auto accident in 1979. Coach Barrows led the Columbus High School swimming team to six state swimming championships. This four-year scholarship will be awarded next in 2015.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who have participated in interscholastic sports. Academic performance, financial need and character will be considered.

Bartholomew/Brown County Medical Society Medical Education Scholarship – Established by the Bartholomew/Brown County Medical Society to support medical education.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew or Brown counties who are entering medical school as freshmen or who are in medical school as upperclassmen at an American Medical Association-approved medical school located in the United States. Academic performance and financial need will be considered.

Bartholomew County REMC Scholarship – Established by the Bartholomew County REMC in recognition of the value of education and the desire to assist area students in their educational achievements.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County, or members of any Bartholomew County REMC household from Decatur, Jackson, or Jennings counties, who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Applicant must have a high school or college GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or 5.0 on a 12.0 scale. Academics, school activities, and community involvement will be considered.

J. Howard Beam Memorial Scholarship – Established in 1994 by Wilma Beam in memory of J. Howard Beam. Mr. Beam farmed in Bartholomew County and served on the Heritage Fund’s Board of Directors.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who will be attending Purdue University and majoring in the field of agriculture.

Keith Bean Medical Scholarship – Established by Dr. Keith Bean to help students pursue their medical degrees. Dr. Bean received the Bartholomew/Brown County Medical Society Medical Education Scholarship from Heritage Fund for three consecutive years and created this fund in appreciation for the assistance he received as a medical student.

Criteria: Past or current residents of Bartholomew or Brown counties who are entering medical school as freshmen or who are in medical school as upperclassmen at an American Medical Association-approved medical school located in the United States. Financial need will be considered. Applicant must have lived in Bartholomew or Brown county his/her senior year in high school.

Mary E. Behler Memorial Scholarship – Established by Mrs. Behler’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Mike Keogh, in memory of Mrs. Behler’s strong faith and love of education.

Criteria: Graduating senior from a Bartholomew County high school who is an active, practicing Catholic and plans to attend an accredited post-secondary education institution. Financial need will be considered. Signature from applicant’s parish priest or parish youth minister required.

Behrman “Big Dog” Award – Established by Linda, Jim and Jamie Behrman to annually honor a senior from the Columbus North High School men’s basketball team.

Criteria: Graduating senior men’s basketball players or managers on the Columbus North High School team who plan to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited vocational/technical school, junior college, college, or university. Recipient must exhibit an attitude of hard work and teamwork. No application required. Recipient chosen by committee.

Todd & Julie Bergman Scholarship – Established by Dr. and Mrs. Todd Bergman to help students obtain their educational goals.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from any Bartholomew County high school who plan to further their education at an accredited post-secondary institution. Financial requirements to be considered for this scholarship are $50,000 adjusted gross income with one college student in family or $70,000 adjusted gross income with two college students in family.

BME Sisters Scholarship – Established in 2013 by the Kim Family in honor of their daughters Betsy, Maggie and Emily all of whom attended Columbus North High School.

Criteria: A female graduating senior from Columbus North High School active in publications or athletics planning to attend any 4-year accredited college or university. Applicants must have a recommendation from a coach or a sponsor. Financial need will be considered.

Anna Newell Brown Awards for Vocal Excellence – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Brown in memory of Mr. Brown’s mother, Anna Newell Brown, a distinguished vocalist who contributed greatly to the cultural life of Bartholomew County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Brown served on the Heritage Fund’s Board of Directors.

Criteria: Any Bartholomew County resident who is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior vocalist. The scholarships are determined by a vocal competition conducted in February each year. Seniors compete for college scholarships and an invitation to audition with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Sophomores and juniors compete for scholarships for private lessons or music camps.

2018 Competition: Saturday, February 10 at First Christian Church

Betty F. Brown Awards for Instrumental Excellence – Established by Robert N. Brown in memory of his wife, Betty who passed away in 1991. Mrs. Brown played an active part in the arts community in Bartholomew County and the state of Indiana.

Criteria: Any Bartholomew County resident who is a high school sophomore, junior, or senior instrumentalist. The scholarships are determined by an instrumental competition conducted in February each year. Seniors compete for college scholarships and an invitation to audition with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. Sophomores and juniors compete for scholarships for private lessons or music camps.

2018 Competition: Saturday, February 10 at First Christian Church

Ralph “Brownie” Brown Memorial Scholarship – Established by the family and friends of Ralph “Brownie” Brown to assist Columbus East High School students who want to continue their pursuit of a vocational pathway. Ralph Brown taught Industrial Arts and Vocational Education at East from its opening in 1972 until he retired. He continued to be involved with the students athletically, vocationally and academically for many years during his retirement. His life was devoted to children and their education.

Criteria: Graduating senior from Columbus East High School, including students who attend Columbus Signature Academy New Tech Campus or McDowell Education Center whose official enrollment is at East, who has completed a C4 program of study that follows the Indiana Pathway Program. Applicant must average at least a 5.0 GPA on a 12.0 scale in C4 classes and plan to attend any Ivy Tech Community College campus to complete at least a one-year program in the IVY Institute or earn a technical certificate or associate degree. Recommendation must be from C4 faculty. Second letter of recommendation required.

Frank Burbrink Memorial 4-H Scholarship – Established in 2008 in memory of Frank Burbrink by his parents, Greg and Bonnie Burbrink, and family and friends to celebrate and honor Frank’s love of 4-H and the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair. Frank was a nine-year member of the Bartholomew County 4-H program and held various leadership positions on 4-H and the Fair Board until his death, from a car accident, in 2007.

Criteria: A Bartholomew County graduating senior who has participated in 4-H for five or more years, including the current year. Applicant must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a trade/technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree, studying full- or part-time. Applicant must demonstrate citizenship, leadership, and a positive attitude.

Dr. Glenn E. Callaway Dental Scholarship – Established by friends and members of the dental community to honor the memory of Dr. Glenn Callaway, who practiced dentistry in Columbus for more than 39 years.

Criteria: Any past or current resident of Bartholomew County who is currently accepted by or attending the Indiana University School of Dentistry within the Dentistry Program. Applicant must have resided in Bartholomew County for at least four years during the time he/she attended Grades 6 to 12. Applicant must have at least a B average. A recipient may re-apply to receive this scholarship during each of the four years of dental school as long as he/she maintains a B average.

Abigail Carson Memorial Scholarship – Established by Dan and Dot Kirkling in memory of their daughter Abigail Carson who died in an automobile accident in December 1999.

Criteria: A graduating senior from Columbus North High School, including Columbus Signature Academy New Tech Campus students whose official enrollment is at Columbus North, who plans to attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student to study elementary education. Recipients may re-apply annually as long as they remain in good standing at their college or university.

Lucien J. & Maryann J. Chadwick and Sam & Edith Shanks Memorial Scholarship – Established by Judy and Michael Chadwick in memory of their parents.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who have been outstanding varsity athletes with outstanding academic records.

Class of 1948 Scholarship Fund to Further the Teaching Profession in the Name of Alta Redmond – Established by the Columbus High School Class of 1948 to honor their French teacher, Alta Redmond.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who will pursue post-secondary studies to obtain a degree in the field of education.

Karen Ann Coffman Memorial Nursing Scholarship – Established by James Coffman in memory of his wife, Karen, who passed away in 2003. Mrs. Coffman served as a school nurse for 30-year and was Director of Health Services for the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation at the time of her death.

Criteria: Resident of Bartholomew County who will be pursuing an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited post-secondary institution. Applicant must have a high school or college GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 5.0 on a 12.0 scale. Applicant must demonstrate interest and experience in health care through volunteer service, education, training, and employment. Financial need will be considered.

Columbus Business and Professional Women’s Scholarship – Established by the Columbus Business and Professional Women’s organization (BPW) in memory of Mabel Suverkrup, a charter member of the Columbus BPW (1923); and Conni Richards, a member active on both the local and state levels of BPW.

Criteria: A woman at least 25 years of age who has been a resident of Bartholomew County at least one year prior to the date of application. Must have applied to or be attending an accredited post-secondary institution, carrying at least a part-time class schedule. Financial requirements to be considered for this scholarship are a maximum $50,000 adjusted gross income with one college student in the family or $70,000 adjusted gross income with two college students in the family. Special circumstances will be considered.

Columbus Crush Scholarship – Established by a group of Bartholomew County parents whose children wanted to play competitive travel baseball in 2000 and supported by the Bartholomew County Parks and Recreation Board of Directors.

Criteria: Male resident of Bartholomew County who is a graduating high school senior athlete in good standing at a public or private high school or home school who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Applicant must have played a sport during his senior year of high school. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.

Columbus Herb Society Scholarship – Established by the Columbus Herb Society to encourage enthusiasm and education in the areas of horticulture, botany, culinary arts or related areas of study.

Criteria: High school seniors or college students who are residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, or Shelby counties and who plan to study full-time at an accredited college or university to further their education in the fields of horticulture, botany, culinary arts, or related areas of study. Previous recipients may re-apply.

Columbus Rotary Scholarship in Honor of Judson S. Erne – Established by the Columbus Rotary Club to honor club member Judson S. Erne, former principal of Columbus High School, for his many years of devotion to Bartholomew County – within the educational community as well as the social services community.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from any Bartholomew County high school pursuing a post-secondary education and attending a college, university, or technical school with the desire to pursue a degree in education, divinity, nursing, or social work. Applicant must have a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or 5.0 on a 12.0 scale, have been a member of a school-sponsored service organization, and participated in community service (school- or nonschool-sponsored) throughout high school. Scholarship will be renewable for three years, provided recipients maintain a 2.5 GPA at their college or university and continue in the outlined course of study.

Columbus Youth Hockey/Bryan Ritz Memorial Hockey Fund – Established by the Columbus Youth Hockey Organization and later designated in memory of Bryan Ritz, who died in an automobile accident in 1994 at the age of 17. Bryan loved hockey and participated in the Columbus Youth Hockey program from the time he was 5 years old.

Criteria: Participants in the Columbus Youth Hockey program. Financial need will be considered.

Charles M. and Frances W. Condit Nursing Education Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Condit to promote nursing education for Bartholomew County students.

Criteria: Bartholomew County residents who are pursuing a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing. Academic performance, financial need, and student’s goals and objectives will be considered.

Homer and Mildred Crank Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Crank, owners of Crank’s Greenhouse, from 1960 to 1988, to encourage young people to be interested in horticulture and related areas of study.

Criteria: Graduate of a Bartholomew County public high school who will pursue post-secondary studies in horticulture, landscape design, plant science, forestry, or environmental management.

Andy Critzer Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Andy Critzer, a member of the Columbus North High School Golf Team, who died in an automobile accident in 1985.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County high school who participated in their high school golf program. Criteria to be used in evaluating applicant shall include, but not be limited to, academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need, character, and sportsmanship.

Developmental Services, Inc. (DSI) William K. Hadar Scholarship  -Established in 2016 by DSI to perpetuate the achievements and dreams of future professionals dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others and to honor DSI’s longest serving Chief Executive Officer, Bill Hadar. Bill served 28 with DSI and an additional 12 in leadership roles with other organizations that serve individuals with disabilities. Bill guided DSI through some of its greatest challenges and helped it grow from a seven-county service area in Indiana to 44.
Criteria: Graduating high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Applicant must be able to demonstrate volunteerism with a preference for serving individuals (or organizations that serve individuals) with intellectual disabilities.

Edward Jones Investments Scholarship – Established in 2007 (approved in 2009) by the Bartholomew County Edward Jones financial advisors to provide scholarships to help students pursuing a career in financial services.

Criteria: Current Bartholomew County resident who is a graduating senior from any public, private, or home school who plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business as a full-time student. Preference will be given to finance majors. This is a merit-based scholarship that requires a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or an 8.0 on a 12.0 scale to apply. The scholarship is not renewable.

J. Albert Finkel and Irma Jane Finkel Scholarship – Established by a bequest from the estate of J. Albert “Al” Finkel, Jr. of Hope. Mr. Finkel was a 1941 graduate of Purdue University.  Mrs. Finkel was a life-long educator in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation and was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash for her educational influence on children.

Criteria: High school seniors or college students who are residents of Bartholomew County who attend or will attend Purdue University’s School of Agriculture. Renewable for the remaining three years of college providing the student maintains a 2.0 GPA. Previous applicants may re-apply.

Dr. Cleve James Francoeur, Jr. Memorial Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Cleve J. Francoeur, Sr. in memory of their son. A graduate of Wabash College and Indiana University Medical School, Dr. Francoeur practiced dermatology in Bartholomew and Jackson counties. He passed away in an automobile accident in February 2007.

Criteria: Students who graduated from a Bartholomew or Jackson county high school and are entering the Indiana University School of Medicine as freshmen or who are upperclassmen at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA. Recipients may reapply annually.

Abbott Forrester Garn Scholarship – Established in memory of Columbus East High School sophomore Abbott Forrester Garn.

Criteria: Graduating senior from Columbus East High School planning to attend a college/university in the United States. Applicant should have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and be a multi-sport athlete (minimum of 2). Applicant should be civic-minded and mission-oriented, putting others above self. Additional letter of recommendation from a coach or teacher required.

Goldie Gibson Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Goldie Gibson. Ms. Gibson worked on behalf of the poor in Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and adjacent counties.

Criteria: High school graduates or graduating seniors from Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Johnson, or Shelby counties who were Head Start participants as children. Applicants must have been accepted to or be attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Past recipients may re-apply.

Louis A. and Kathy M. Giovanini Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Giovanini to provide an annual scholarship to a graduating senior from Columbus East High School. Mr. Giovanini was a coach and teacher at Columbus East for more than 25 years and Mrs. Giovanini was an elementary teacher in the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation for 20 years.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from Columbus East High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education at a vocational/technical school, junior college, college or university. Financial need will be considered. Recipients may reapply annually.

Myron Glick Memorial Scholarship – Established by the Indiana Soybean Board to honor Mr. Glick, who died on his farm in July 2005. Following graduation from Purdue, Myron returned to his family farm and seed business in Bartholomew County. At the time of his death, he was serving his eighth year as Director of the Indiana Soybean Board.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, or Shelby counties who plan to attend or are currently attending Purdue University as full–time students. Applicant should be from a family that farms.

Becky S. Green Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Becky S. Green by her husband, Monty Green. Mrs. Green taught business classes at Columbus East and Columbus North high schools and was a faculty sponsor of the Business Professionals of America Chapter at both schools.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who are current members of their high school chapter of the Business Professionals of America. Must have at least an 8.0 GPA on a 12.0 scale.  Applicant will pursue a post-secondary degree at an accredited college or university. Financial need will be considered.

Blake Hanger Memorial Scholarship – Established by his parents, Brent Hanger and Barb and Andy Carman, in memory of Blake. Blake was a 2007 graduate of Columbus North High School. He was a member of the Columbus North boy’s basketball and football teams. He was a 2011 graduate of Butler University with a degree in education. Blake was attending Logan College in St. Louis achieving his master’s and doctorate in chiropractic medicine. Blake loved the city of Columbus and all the attributes the community had to offer. Blake would be extremely proud to know that Columbus students will be pursuing post-secondary education in his honor.

Criteria: Graduating high school senior with official enrollment at Columbus North or Columbus East from Bartholomew County who plans to pursue a full-time bachelor’s degree at a post-secondary school in Indiana. Preference will be given to students applying to Butler University.

Waldo M. and Madge C. Harrison Scholarship – Established by Mrs. Harrison to express her appreciation to the employees of Four Seasons Retirement Center for care given to her and to her husband.

Criteria: Individuals who work at Four Seasons Retirement Center wanting to further their education and/or technical skills. Applicant must pursue a particular course of study that leads to a specific degree or certification, have worked at Four Seasons at least six months and continue to work at Four Seasons at least part-time while taking classes. If currently enrolled in a college or university, must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Bill and Jody Harter Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Harter, longtime Columbus residents, to encourage higher education for residents of Bartholomew County. Bill served as an instructor at both IUPUC and Ivy Tech State College for nine years.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who are graduating seniors or graduates of a Bartholomew County high school currently attending or planning to attend IUPUC, Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, or Purdue Polytechnic Institute at Columbus as full-time students pursuing an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or an 8.0 on as 12.0 scale. Recipients may re-apply annually as long as they remain in good standing with their college or university.

Mary Ann Heise Memorial Scholarship – Established by Scott Heise in memory of his wife, Mary Ann, who was a Columbus North High School math teacher.

Criteria: Graduating high school senior who is a resident of Bartholomew County and who will attend an accredited college or university as a full-time student planning to pursue a career in education.

Harold H. Heminger Graduate School Scholarship – Established by The Findlay Publishing Company of Findlay, Ohio, in memory of Harold H. Heminger, President of the Findlay Publishing Company from 1965 to 1983. The Findlay Publishing Company is the parent company of White River Broadcasting located in Columbus.

Criteria: Bartholomew County public, private, or home-schooled high school graduate who will be pursuing graduate studies at an accredited graduate or professional institution and demonstrates leadership, hard work, good citizenship, community service, dependability, and character. Applicant must be a graduate or graduating senior of any higher education facility with a minimum 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicant must be enrolled in or accepted for admission in an accredited graduate or professional institution, which normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regular organized body of students in attendance in the place where its educational activities are carried on. The institution may include a college or university. Students who receive full scholarship support from other organizations/institutions will not be considered for this scholarship. Financial need will be considered.

Heritage Fund Memorial Scholarship – The recipient of this scholarship will be selected annually from all those students who apply for other Heritage Fund scholarship using the Heritage Fund Combined Scholarship Application. Financial need will be considered.

Earl E. & Mildred L. Bless Hudson Scholarship for Education – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Hudson, both former educators, to help students pursue degrees in education.

Criteria: Indiana resident pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the field of education at an accredited post-secondary institution. Financial need will be considered.

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter Legacy Scholarship Fund – Established in 2017 to honor the memory and celebrate the life of Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter of the United States Army.  Jonathon was a natural leader with a passion for giving back.  He gave his life in service of others.  Through this scholarship Jonathon’s family, friends and supporters preserve his memory by recognizing students who exhibit his leadership, strength of character and selflessness.

Criteria: Graduating high school senior from BCSC who plans to pursue a 2 or 4 year degree at an accredited post-secondary institution.  Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, be active in athletics and/or music, be able to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, and service to the community.  Financial need will be considered.  Preference will be given to Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students.  Financial need will be considered.

iGrad Excellence Scholarship – Established by Mark Gerstle to assist iGrad students to achieve their education goals.

Criteria: Graduating high school senior from Columbus North, Columbus East, including those who attend Columbus Signature Academy, or Hauser High School who plans to attend an accredited public post-secondary institution, on a full- or part-time basis. Must be a current iGrad participant. Academic achievement and financial need will be considered.

Phil Jackson Memorial Fast-Pitch Softball Scholarship – Established in memory of Phil Jackson, who died in 2006, by his family. Phil coached high school and fast-pitch softball in Columbus for more than a decade.

Criteria: Graduating senior who is a Bartholomew County resident and played softball four years in high school. Applicant must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 5.0 GPA on a 12.0 scale. Financial need will be considered.

Marvin Johnson Scholarship – Established in memory of Marvin Johnson, founder of Marvin Johnson & Associates, a truck insurance company headquartered in Columbus.

Criteria: Any student who plans to attend an accredited four-year college or university within Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, or Kentucky and who is a child or spouse of a trucking company employee or of an independent contractor affiliated with a trucking company.

Jones Sisters Scholarship – Established by the four Jones sisters – Margaret Jones Baker, Beth Jones Newman, Amy Jones Weinheimer, and Laura Jones Thayer – to provide grants for broad educational purposes in Bartholomew County.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from Bartholomew County high schools who are in the top third of their graduating class. Applicants must have a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 1000 or an ACT score of at least 21 and family income of less than $75,000.

The Martha Kalb “You GO Girl” Scholarship – Established by friends and family to celebrate the life of Martha Kalb, a dedicated Northside Middle School teacher, Columbus North High School girl’s basketball coach, and avid sports fan.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who play varsity girl’s basketball and plan to pursue post-secondary education at a vocational/technical school, junior college, college, or university. Applicant must be in good standing academically. Criteria to be used in evaluating applicant shall include, but not be limited to: academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial need, and sportsmanship. Recipients may re-apply annually as long as they remain in good standing at their school.

LHP Scholarship – Established by LHP Software, LLC to promote education in computer science and engineering.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in computer science, mechanical engineering, or electrical engineering. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or an 8.0 on a 12.0 scale. Academic achievement, job history, and financial need will be considered.

Lacey Family Scholarship – The Lacey Family Fund was established in 2000 by Phil woods, in honor of Moni Lacey’s longtime service at Woods & Grooms. In 2008, the Lacey Family created this scholarship fund to recognize students’ achievements and assist in their education.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who are graduating seniors planning to pursue a bachelor’s, associate’s, or vocational/technical degree as a full-time student. Applicants should be good students who fall outside the top 10 percent of their class rankings. Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or an 8.0 GPA on a 12.0 scale. Preference will be given to students with a record of school, athletic, and community involvement. Previous recipients may re-apply.

S. Edgar & Delora L. Lauther Memorial Scholarship – Established by the estate of Delora L. Lauther. Mr. and Mrs. Lauther lived in Columbus for many years. Mr. Lauther was a former president of Irwin Union Bank & Trust Co.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in business, as well as residents of Bartholomew County who are employed in the fields of banking and finance who wish to pursue continuing education courses in their field (whether those courses lead to a degree or not). Undergraduate and graduate applicants must show proof of admission into their college or university’s school of business or management, as well proof of major or enrollment in class. Proof of admission may be submitted separately from application, as late as May 1, provided that the Heritage Fund is notified no later than the deadline date that this information is forthcoming. Preference will be given to students majoring in fields related to banking and finance. Scholarship is renewable for up to four years of study.

The Reverend Dr. William R. Laws Memorial Scholarship – In 1962, Dr. Benjamin King, a microbiologist at Bartholomew County Hospital, raised the issue of the numerous barriers faced by African Americans in the community with Dr. William R. Laws, Jr., then pastor of First Presbyterian Church. Dr. Laws brought together a group of concerned citizens to address funding a foundation to provide scholarships for minorities to be used for post-secondary education. In 1976, the criteria broadened to include all Bartholomew County financially disadvantaged residents. In 2008, the William R. Laws Foundation Board asked Heritage Fund to take over management and administration of the fund. The Heritage Fund Board agreed to the request and, effective August 2008, the community foundation assumed responsibility for the scholarship program.

Criteria: A graduating senior from a Bartholomew County public high school who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary institution full-time in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Financial need, community volunteerism, student employment, and first generation college applicant considered. The financial requirement to be considered for this four-year scholarship is $50,000 or less family adjusted gross income. Minorities, disadvantaged, and at-risk students are encouraged to apply.

Corilla B. Lentz Scholarship – Established through a bequest from the estate of William Carr Lentz in memory of his wife.

Criteria: Bartholomew County residents pursuing a post-secondary degree. Preference will be given to students in the Flat Rock–Hawcreek School Corp. and/or to those majoring in agriculture or consumer family science.

Doug Leonard Healthcare Occupations Scholarship –  Established in recognition of Mr. Leonard’s service to the Columbus Regional Hospital and to the area’s healthcare system.

Criteria: Bartholomew County resident planning to attend or currently attending IUPUC or Ivy Tech Community College Columbus in a health care-related course of study leading to an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship – Established by Lilly Endowment, Inc. to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to increase awareness of the potential of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents. Provides full-tuition, required fees, and a $900 book stipend for eight semesters of study.

Criteria: Graduating high school seniors who are residents of Bartholomew County and who are on course to graduate with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2018. Must be intending to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2018 at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Must have at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale at the end of the sixth semester of high school. Academic performance, community/school involvement, and financial need will be considered.

Bob Marshall – Bob Gordon Memorial Scholarship for Journalism – Established in memory of two former editors of the Columbus Evening Republican (now The Republic) and dedicated to encouraging local students to pursue careers in print journalism.

Criteria: Graduating high school seniors and college students who reside in the multi-county area served by The Republic newspaper and who plan to pursue a career in journalism. Financial need, academic performance, and extracurricular activities (in school and the community) will be considered.

Mayor’s Government Scholarship – Established in 1997 by the honorable Fred Armstrong, mayor of Columbus, with a gift of appreciation to the city from NTN Driveshaft.  The city mayor serves on the Heritage Fund Board of Directors.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who are recent graduates (within the past nine months) of the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. or the International School of Columbus to study a government-related program in a post-secondary, accredited Indiana educational institution. Applicants must have at least a 2.67 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 7.0 GPA on a 12.0 scale.

Julie M. McKinney Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2000 in memory of Julie M. McKinney by her parents, Roger and Angela McKinney, to celebrate Julie’s love of life and love of the performing arts.

Criteria: A graduating senior from Columbus East High School, including Columbus Signature Academy New Tech Campus students whose official enrollment is at Columbus East, who plans to attend an accredited post-secondary college or university as a full-time student and major in elementary education or who plans to attend the Purdue University Polytechnic Columbus location as a full-time student and pursue any one of the bachelor of science STEM degrees offered at the Purdue Columbus location only.  Preference will be given to students who participated in any aspect of drama or choir at Columbus East.

John McLachlan Soccer Scholarship – Established by members of the soccer community to honor John McLachlan and the many years of work that he has given to the soccer program in Columbus.

Criteria: Bartholomew County high school student who participated on his/her varsity soccer team as a senior (as a player or a manager). Applicant must have lettered at least twice during his/her high school soccer career. Student must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree and must have at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or a 5.0 on a 12.0 scale.

Dana Barton Merter Memorial Tennis Scholarship – Established in memory of Dana Barton Merter, an avid tennis player and a supporter of junior tennis. The scholarship is to be used for tennis instruction through lessons, clinics or camps, etc. within one year of the date of the award. Two scholarships, one to a girl and one to a boy, will be available.

Criteria: Junior tennis players age 10 to 18 years old who reside in Bartholomew County. The scholarships will be awarded on the qualities of ability, ambition, mental attitude, sportsmanship, and financial need.

Philip R. Miller Scholarship for the Visual Arts – Established in 2009 by family and friends to honor the memory of Philip R. Miller, to promote interest and enthusiasm in the visual arts. Mr. Miller was the first art educator at Columbus East High School when the school opened in 1972, and continued in that position until his retirement in 2009.

Criteria: Graduating senior from Columbus East High School who is a current student in the art department and has completed, at the end of his/her senior year, at least three semesters of art. Students must have received an A- average in their chosen visual art discipline for the last two semesters, prior to applying. Applicants must have their portfolio evaluated by the Columbus East Art Department prior to submitting their application, and the required recommendation form must be completed by a Columbus East Art teacher. Applicant must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution to study arts education or the visual arts.

Anthony Moravec Scholarship – Established by Tony Moravec, CEO of Applied Laboratories and Blairex Laboratories, to help further education.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County. Applicants must have at least a C average (a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 5.0 on a 12.0 scale). Financial need will be considered. Students may apply/re-apply annually.

One Step at a Time Scholarship – Established to assist students from the Indiana Business College and students who have received the GED certificate to take the next step in their educational pursuits.

Criteria: Students who are enrolled in the medical programs at the Columbus campus of Harrison College; students who have received an associate’s degree from the Columbus campus of Harrison College and are pursuing a further degree in the health care field at an accredited post-secondary institution; or students from Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings, or Johnson counties who have received their GED certificate and plan to pursue a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution.

Bob and Marcy Oswald Engineering Scholarship – Established by Bob and Marcy Oswald, former residents of Columbus, to promote engineering education. Mr. Oswald is the retired chairman of the Robert Bosch Corporation in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Criteria: Bartholomew County graduating seniors who intend to major in an engineering curriculum at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Andrew Parker Memorial Scholarship – Established by family and friends in memory of Andrew Parker, who died in an automobile accident in May 2004. Andrew was a wrestler for Columbus East High School and manager at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who plan to attend an accredited vocational/technical school, junior college, college, or university. Applicant must display a passion for hard work and teamwork. Financial requirements to be considered for this scholarship are $50,000 or less adjusted gross income with one college student in family or $70,000 adjusted gross income with two college students in family.

Dr. & Mrs. Edward L. Probst Medical School Scholarship – Established by Dr. and Mrs. Probst to assist students attending medical school. Dr. Probst, M.D., grew up in Dearborn County and practiced dermatology for more than 30 years in Columbus. The Probsts are lifelong members of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew, Dearborn, Jackson, or Jennings counties attending an American Medical Association-approved medical school. Applicant must be a member of a Christian church, with preference given to Lutherans.

Purdue Alumni Advisory Council Scholarship – Established in 2011 by The Purdue Alumni Advisory Council (PAAC), an alumni organization supporting the Purdue Polytechnic Institute in Columbus, to assist students attending Purdue Polytechnic at Columbus. PAAC promotes a variety of education and community causes.

Criteria: Resident of Bartholomew County or adjacent counties who is planning to attend or currently attending Purdue Polytechnic Institute (Columbus campus). Graduating high school seniors must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or 6.0 on a 12.0 scale. Financial need will be considered.

Kirby and Caroline Risk Scholarship – Sherry Stark, a former President and CEO of Heritage Fund, created this scholarship in memory of her parents who both attended Purdue University. Kirby Risk founded Kirby Risk Corporation in Lafayette, Indiana. He was active in civic activities including bringing Junior Achievement to Lafayette. Caroline Risk, a singer, was a member of the Queen’s Court at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. Both were deeply involved in helping young people. Sherry Stark’s sons graduated from Wabash and Hanover Colleges. This scholarship is intended to reward well-rounded students who demonstrate service to others.

Criteria: Bartholomew County student planning to attend Purdue University, Hanover College, or Wabash College. Must have at least a B-minus average (2.67 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.0 on a 12.0 scale). Applicants cannot be one of the top ten graduates in their class. Preference will be given to students with a record of school, church, and/or community involvement. Special consideration will be given to any student who would be the first member of his/her immediate family to attend college. Students may apply/re-apply each year they attend college.

Michael R. Rogers Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Michael R. Rogers by his friends and family to honor Michael’s dedication to Christian education.

Criteria: Resident of Bartholomew County who is a graduating high school senior pursuing post-secondary education at a college or university that has member status with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Scholarship will be renewable for up to seven semesters, provided recipients maintain a 3.0 GPA at their college or university.

Marguerite Burns Rust Scholarship – Established by Marguerite Burns Rust, a former resident of Columbus, who was interested in helping others further their education.

Criteria: Employees of the Columbus Regional Health system seeking training for advanced positions such as LPN to RN, RN to BSN, Care Partner to Certified Nursing Assistant, or Clerk to Medical Secretary, etc.

Marguerite Burns Rust Scholarship for Animal Science Studies – Marguerite Burns Rust established this scholarship to encourage students working with and caring for animals.

Criteria: Graduates of a Bartholomew County high school enrolled in Purdue University’s veterinary technician or veterinary technology undergraduate degree programs or pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Purdue University.

Thomas H. Sayrs Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Tom Sayrs, who was passionate about all things engineering, and was a longtime volunteer with Science Olympiad.

Criteria: Graduating high school seniors who are residents of Bartholomew County (including students who attend schools outside of Bartholomew County) who are planning to pursue postsecondary education at an accredited vocational/technical school, junior college, college, or university on a full-time basis. Applicant must be a current participant in high school’s Science Olympiad team with a minimum 3.0 GPA and pursuing a degree/certification in any science-based field of study, including engineering, architecture, landscape architecture or computer science. Additional letter of recommendation required from Science Olympiad team coach/advisor required.

Charles D. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship – Established by family and friends in memory of Charles Shepherd, who passed away in 2002. Mr. Shepherd was a retired vice president of engineering at Arvin Industries North American.

Criteria: Bartholomew County female student planning to study a life science such as biology, molecular biology, microbiology, or biochemistry at an accredited college or university.

Laura Showalter Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of Laura Showalter, a former Columbus elementary teacher and member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew County who plan to study music at an accredited post-secondary educational institution. An audition may be requested.

John R. Skobel III Memorial Scholarship – Established in memory of John R. Skobel III, a Columbus North High School student who died in an automobile accident in 1988.

Criteria: Four-year scholarship for graduating seniors from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. who have participated in their school’s football program and who plan to pursue post-secondary education as a full-time student at a vocational/technical school, junior college, college, or university. No application required. Recipient selected by committee.

Kenny Smith Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2017 in memory of Kenny Smith.

Criteria: Graduating senior from Columbus Signature Academy – New Tech High School who has been impacted by the loss of a loved one.

Robert J. Sonntag Memorial Scholarship – Established in 2011 by Richard Gold in memory of his friend and colleague Bob Sonntag. Robert joined Cummins in 1990 and worked for 17 years in various business organizations and locations. He served in multiple manufacturing and business leadership positions and held the office of vice president of Capital Management at the time of his death in 2007. He was an early recipient of the J. Irwin Miller Award of Excellence in recognition of his character and contributions to Cummins.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who will attend a four-year post-secondary institution to pursue a degree in engineering or business, as a full-time student.

Paul and Prudence Steinbarger Memorial Scholarship – Established with a bequest from the estate of Mrs. Steinbarger to provide four-year scholarships to area students to attend Indiana University.

Criteria: Graduates of any Bartholomew County high school who have graduated in the top 10 percent of their class and who will be attending any campus of Indiana University. Financial need will be considered. The scholarship will be renewed for up to three years as long as the recipient maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Barbara W. Stewart Scholarship – This fund was established by Robert N. and Barbara Westermeier Stewart in 1981 to give support to the people who are the backbone of our day to day lives in the community. Barbara Stewart served on the Heritage Fund Board of Directors and passed away in 2003.

Criteria: Residents of Bartholomew or Decatur counties who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree. Previous recipients are encouraged to re-apply.

Jennifer Strietelmeier Memorial Scholarship – Established in 1993 in memory of Jennifer Strietelmeier, a dedicated supporter of the arts in Bartholomew County, who died in an automobile accident.

Criteria: Bartholomew County residents pursuing post-secondary school studies in the visual arts. Five examples of applicant’s artwork must be provided. Two examples should be independent work, not classroom assignments, and must be labeled as such. Artwork should be originals and delivered to the Heritage Fund office, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201. Recommendation required from someone involved in the visual arts community not related to the applicant.

Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. Scholarship – Established in 2000 by Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (T.I.E.M.) in celebration of the company’s 10th year in Columbus and in appreciation of the support that the Columbus community has given to T.I.E.M.

Criteria: Graduating seniors from a Bartholomew County public high school who plan to pursue two-year or four-year degrees at accredited colleges or universities as full-time students. Community service, academic performance, and financial need will be considered.

Helmut O. von Buchler and Hartmut K. von Buchler 4-H Memorial Scholarship – Established by Christa M. von Buchler in memory of her husband, Helmut, and her son Hartmut. The von Buchlers came to Bartholomew County from Germany in 1955. Their family has always been involved with the 4-H program.

Criteria: Bartholomew County resident who is a graduating senior from a public or private high school who plan to attend an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a technical certificate, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree and who is a ten-year member of the Bartholomew County 4-H Program and or a three-year member of the Bartholomew County 4-H Junior Leaders program. Financial need will be considered.

Henry, Clara and Alice Weichman Scholarship – Established by the Last Will and Testament of Alice Weichman to provide scholarships to adult students attending or planning to attend IUPUC, Ivy Tech College (Columbus) and Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne, Indiana).

Criteria: Student of at least 23 years of age currently attending or planning to attend IUPUC, Ivy Tech (Columbus) or Concordia Theological Seminary (Ft. Wayne, Indiana) on a part-time basis of at least six (6) but not exceeding nine (9) credit hours. Applicant must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

John and Geneva Wickens Scholarship – Mr. Wickens established this scholarship in memory of his wife, who passed away in 2006.  Mrs. Wickens taught at Hauser High School for 26 years, from 1952 to 1978.

Criteria:  Graduating seniors from Hauser High School who plan to attend any Indiana four-year college or university. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Financial need will be considered.

The following scholarship funds are invested and managed by the Heritage Fund, but administration of the scholarships is handled directly by the organization. For additional information regarding these scholarships, please contact the organizations.

Marjorie and Orphie Bridges Scholarship – Established by Mr. and Mrs. Bridges to provide scholarship funds to the Ivy Tech Foundation.

     Criteria: Bartholomew County residents studying at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus campus with preference given to Family Self-Sufficiency participants. Applications are available at Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203.

Hispanic/Latino Scholarship – Established to provide tuition and fees for undocumented Hispanic/Latino students who attend IUPUC, Ivy Tech Columbus, or Purdue Polytechnic Columbus.
      Criteria – Applicants should be graduates of a Bartholomew County high school and have been born in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Nicaragua.  Applicants should have their current DACA certification from the US government.  Applicants should have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 (4.0 scale) and/or a cumulative college GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale).  Applications are available via e-mail to the following address:  mfsouza@iupuc.edu.

Kiwanis Scholarship – Established by W. Calvert Brand to support the Kiwanis Scholarship Fund, administered by Kiwanis Club of Columbus.

     Criteria: Graduating seniors from Columbus high schools. Applications are available at the guidance offices of the schools.

R. Kent Witte, Attorney PC, and Stacy Ford Walters in memory of Shannon Ford Scholarship – Established in memory of Shannon Ford, a young man who died in an automobile accident in 1992, for scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation.

     Criteria: Ivy Tech Community College Columbus campus degree-declared students who have completed at least one semester of study with a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Financial need will be considered. Applications available at Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Avenue, Columbus, IN 47203.

Robert N. Brown Engineering Scholarship – Established in memory of Robert N. Brown by his children to honor Mr. Brown’s love of engineering and problem solving.

     Criteria: Ivy Tech Community College Columbus campus full-time students who have declared either ENGR or METC (or downgrade to AART or DESN if unsuccessful in ENGR or METC.) Applicants should be a graduating high school senior with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Financial need will be considered. Applicants must be enrolled in Commit to Finish program. Recipients must graduate from program in 2 years. For more details and applications go to Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus Campus website.