Scholarships

Through the generosity of individual donors — the many funds that make up the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana — scholarships were awarded to a multitude of youth across our region last year to support their continued learning. Congratulations to all of our scholarship recipients!

Whether you’re someone who is interested in establishing your own scholarship fund to support the educational needs of our youth, or a student in Clark or Floyd county exploring options to continue your learning, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana can help you realize your goals.

What is the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana?

The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, Inc. was formed in 1991.  We are a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, committed to enriching lives in our community.  A sincere thank you goes to The Lilly Endowment Inc. for their contributions to our scholarship program.  The Endowment granted funds to community foundations throughout Indiana to promote higher education.  This has enabled the Foundation to set up many funds for this specific purpose.  The vision of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in our community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations.

The Scholarship Program

The scholarship program consists of dozens of scholarship funds established by donors desiring to assist students in Southern Indiana in obtaining a college education. A listing of all of our scholarship funds can be found on our website in the Foundation’s Annual Report.

Some scholarships are administered at the local high schools, while others are actively administered by the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. However not all of them may be offered each school year. Students who meet the eligibility requirements of any of these scholarships as outlined below may apply to the program and, if eligible, may be awarded a scholarship from one or more different funds.

The Foundation is committed to assisting students of our community in pursuing and completing higher education degrees. As we build our scholarship program, our focus is to grow and create endowment funds to provide renewable scholarships at a level of financial impact for diverse educational needs. We hope to continue to provide opportunities and share in students’ success. Together with the donors who make these awards possible, we work toward the goals of growth, knowledge, and enrichment for our community.

** The 2021-22 Scholarship Portal is now CLOSED. Good luck to all of our applicants and check back next Fall when we open it up for the 2022-23 school year. **

Scholarship Application General Information

Our application process is designed to make it easier and less time consuming for students to apply for our scholarships.  All applications must be completed and submitted through our online scholarship system located on the Foundation website.

  • To be eligible for some of the scholarships you may be required to upload additional supporting documentation (i.e., Letter of Acceptance and transcripts).

All scholarship awards will be made based upon the pool of qualified applicants.

Important dates for the 2021- 2022 school year:

August 1, 2021  Scholarship information packet available online

August 24, 2021  Annual Counselor Information Meeting-Virtual

September 1, 2021 Scholarship application available online

September 30, 2021 Deadline for online scholarship application’s submissions

October 2021 Committee Review of all submitted applications

October 2021  Lilly Semi-finalist Interviews

December 2021  2022 Lilly Scholars Announced

May/June 2022  Scholarship presentations and award announcements for all scholarships made during local high school award ceremonies.

May 2022 Scholarship recipients to complete scholarship agreements and award notifications online.

July 2022 Scholarship grant awards mailed to accredited educational institutions.

Scholarships Available for 2021-2022

*Please note: The Foundation hopes to award scholarship amounts as indicated below, however, final award amounts may vary. Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through your local high schools.

American Legion

Hazel and Walter T. Bales Scholarship

Michael L. Becher Law Enforcement Scholarship

Edward Endres Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship for Boys and Girls

John C. Gatz Memorial Scholarship

Robert E. Moser Agricultural Scholarship

Paul W. Ogle Scholarship

Raymond Rhodes Memorial Scholarship for Printing Technology & Graphic Arts

Helen L. Siebert Scholarship

JHS Class of ’45 Endowed Scholarship

Jefferson Masonic Lodge 104 William E. Falk Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Jeffersonville Jaycees Scholarship Fund

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Hugh and Mabelle Scott Scholarship Fund

Smith-Loveland Nursing Scholarship

Bales Scholarship

Judith Hayes Scholarship

Arts Scholarship Fund in Memory of Conrad and Anna Mae Adella Duffee


American Legion (Bonnie Sloan Post #28) Scholarship

This fund hopes to award a maximum of two $2,000 scholarships, renewable for one year. This scholarship gives strong preference to students planning to attain a technical or vocational degree, but it may be awarded to one or more students planning to attend a baccalaureate college or university.

Requirements – applicants must:

  • Graduate from Floyd Central, Christian Academy of Indiana, New Albany, or Providence High School
  • Reside in Floyd County, Indiana: both the applicant and at least one of the applicant’s parents or guardians
  • Have a GPA of 2.4 to 3.3 on a 4.0 scale to apply for this scholarship
  • Graduate this year with a minimum Core 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Hazel and Walter T. Bales Scholarship

This fund hopes to award multiple $2,000 non-renewable scholarships for students majoring in Business or Automotive Technology.  Preference is given to students attending Jeffersonville High School.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Reside in Clark or Floyd County, Indiana
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university in Indiana or Kentucky
  • Letter of acceptance to an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in Indiana or Kentucky

Michael L. Becher Law Enforcement Scholarship

This fund hopes to award one $1,000 non-renewable scholarship to a student majoring in either law enforcement or criminal justice. 

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Reside in and attend school in Clark County, Indiana
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Edward Endres Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship for Boys and Girls

This fund hopes to award a $2,000 non-renewable scholarship to students that reside in Floyd County. A preference is given to applicants that are a current or past member of the Boys and Girls Club (verified with the Boys and Girls Club). Actual award amounts may vary from year to year.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in Floyd County, Indiana
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

John C. Gatz Memorial Scholarship

This fund hopes to award two non-renewable scholarships: one of up to $3,000 to a student of Providence High School, and one of up to $2,500 to a student who resides in Clark or Floyd County.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in Clark or Floyd County, Indiana and graduates from an accredited high school.
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Additional Requirements:

“Capture Life” Essay and Photograph:

This scholarship was created in honor of John C. Gatz, who lost his life to a drunk driver in the fall of 2006.  John had a strong interest in photography.  John was only 16, but was very involved with his school, church, and community.  John’s family believes that he “Captured Life!”  For this essay, please take a photograph and write an essay describing how you have “captured life” or how this scholarship will enable you to “capture life.” Then, upload the photograph to your application.  Use no more space than is given in the “additional essays” template on the Foundation website.  Also, follow the instructions under the essay section.


Robert E. Moser Agricultural Scholarship

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $3,000 to a student who will major in agriculture, family & consumer science fields, veterinary science, dietetics & nutrition, and environmental science. A preference will be given to students who plan to attend Purdue University.  Actual award amount may vary from year to year.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in and attend high school in Clark or Floyd County, Indiana
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Paul W. Ogle Scholarship

This award offers a maximum of $20,000 over four years ($5,000 per year for four-year programs) or less will be awarded for those scholars seeking an associate or vocational degree.

This scholarship is awarded to outstanding graduating seniors in each high school in Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Washington, and Scott Counties on a rotating basis and to Switzerland County each year. The high schools selected by the donor are: Borden, Charlestown, Clarksville, Eastern, Henryville, Jeffersonville, Our Lady of Providence, Silver Creek, Floyd Central, New Albany, Christian Academy of Indiana, Community Montessori, Rock Creek Academy, Corydon Central, Lanesville, South Central, North Harrison, Austin, Scottsburg, New Washington, Salem, West Washington, and Switzerland County. Up to six from this list will be selected each year.

For the graduating Class of 2022, only students from the following schools are eligible to apply:  Community Montessori, North Harrison, Eastern, Rock Creek Community Academy, Scottsburg, and Switzerland County.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Be graduating seniors this school year in the top 25% of their class
  • Reside in of one of the following counties; Clark, Floyd, Scott, Washington, Harrison, Switzerland
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two-year or four-year college or university
  • Letter of acceptance to an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university

Raymond Rhodes Memorial Scholarship for Printing Technology & Graphic Arts

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $2,000 for a student who will seek a full-time, post-secondary education pursuing a career in the graphic arts or printing technology. A preference is given to those pursuing a career in printing technology (press, prepress, or bindery operations).

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Be accepted to a college or training school with an approved and accredited graphic arts or printing technology curriculum.
  • Graduate from Borden, Charlestown, Clarksville, Henryville, Jeffersonville, New Washington, Our Lady of Providence, or Silver Creek; or students outside of Clark County that are enrolled in the graphic communications program at Prosser School of Technology.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate this year with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Letter of acceptance to a college or training school with an approved graphic arts or printing technology curriculum.

Helen L. Siebert Scholarship

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1,000, with a preference given to those students majoring in the field of family and consumer science and a second preference for students planning to attend Purdue University.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in Clark or Floyd County, Indiana
  • Graduate, this current school year, from an accredited high school in Clark or Floyd County, Indiana
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university
  • Letter of acceptance to an accredited two or four-year college or university

JHS Class of ’45 Endowed Scholarship Fund

This fund hopes to award two non-renewable scholarships of up to $2,500 to graduating seniors from Jeffersonville High School to assist in furthering his/her college education.

Requirements Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 unweighted scale
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Jefferson Masonic Lodge 104 William E. Falk Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This award offers a maximum of $4,000 for up to four years ($1,000 per year for a four consecutive years), or less will be awarded for those scholars pursuing an associates or technical/vocational program. Preference will be given to students planning to attain a technical or vocational credential.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate from a High School in Floyd County, Indiana
  • Reside in Floyd County, Indiana
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 un-weighted scale
  • Graduate with a minimum Core 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university

Jeffersonville Jaycees Scholarship Fund

This award offers a maximum of $4,000 over four (4) years ($1,000 per year for a four (4) year program). This scholarship has a preference for a graduating senior from any high school who is a direct descendants of a former member of the Jeffersonville, Indiana Jaycees. In any year in which there are no eligible applicants that meet the above described preference, the award will be made to a graduating senior from Jeffersonville High School, in Jeffersonville, Indiana who demonstrates strong civic involvement. Awards will be made based upon the pool of qualified applicants.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 unweighted scale
  • Be a direct descendant of a former Jeffersonville, Indiana Jaycee and/or graduate from Jeffersonville High School
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university
  • Provide proof of direct relationship to named former Jeffersonville, Indiana Jaycee, if applicant has declared to be a direct descendent

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Lilly Endowment Inc. designed its program to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of Indiana’s community foundations’ commitment to improve the quality of life for the state’s residents. The Endowment will provide all funding necessary for awarding as many as two scholarships in each of the counties we serve: Clark and Floyd. The scholarship provides full tuition to any four-year accredited Indiana college or university, public or private. Additionally, an annual stipend of $900 is awarded for books and required fees.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in either Clark or Floyd County, Indiana, and graduate from an accredited high school in the State of Indiana
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 unweighted scale
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent

Hugh and Mabelle Scott Scholarship Fund

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1,000, for a graduating senior from New Washington, Charlestown, or Jeffersonville High Schools, to be used to further his/her studies in the field of music.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Attend any accredited two or four-year college or university
  • If selected as a semi-finalist, applicants may be required to submit a Letter of Recommendation from a Music Instructor

Smith-Loveland Nursing Scholarship

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1,000 for a graduating senior who resides in Clark County, Indiana, and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from an Indiana college or University. There is a preference for graduating seniors from Our Lady of Providence High School.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Reside in Clark County, Indiana
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must not be registered as a 21st Century Scholar in the State of Indiana
  • Attend any accredited four-year college or university in Indiana
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent
  • Letter of acceptance to an accredited 4-year college or University in Indiana

Bales Scholarship

This award offers two $20,000 scholarships over four years for scholars seeking a Bachelor’s degree ($5,000 per year for four consecutive years) or less for an Associate’s degree ($5,000 per year for two consecutive years).

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate from an Indiana high school
  • Reside in Clark County, Indiana
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Must not be registered as a 21st Century Scholar in the State of Indiana
  • Attend any accredited two-year or four-year college or university
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent

Judith Hayes Scholarship

This fund will award two $20,000 scholarships for scholars seeking a Bachelor’s degree ($5,000 per year for four consecutive years) or less for an Associate’s degree ($5,000 per year for two consecutive years). One scholarship will be made for students pursuing a degree in teaching and one for students pursuing a degree in nursing.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Attend a Greater Clark County High School for three of four years of high school (Jeffersonville, Charlestown, or New Washington High Schools)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Attend any accredited two-year or four-year college or university
  • Graduate with a minimum CORE 40 diploma, or equivalent

Arts Scholarship Fund in Memory of Conrad and Anna Mae Adella Duffee

This scholarship fund hopes to award a $4,000 scholarship for a four (4) year program ($1,000 per year for four consecutive years) or less will be awarded for those scholars pursuing an associates or technical/vocational program. This award is for a graduating high school senior who plans to pursue an academic study in an arts related field which would include fine arts, visual arts, graphic design/arts, performing arts, or literature. Preference will be given for a racial minority student.

Requirements – Applicants must:

  • Graduate from any Clark or Floyd County (Indiana) high school
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduate with a minimum Core 40 diploma or equivalent
  • Attend an accredited two or four-year college or University

Additional Scholarships Available

There are two scholarships available through the Johnson County Community Foundation for which ALL Indiana students may apply. Visit www.jccf.org for more information about the Peeples Foundation Trust Fund Scholarship and the Hamann Family Memorial Scholarship.

Additional scholarship opportunities may be available through your local high school. Ask your counselor for more information.


Creating a Scholarship Fund

Creating a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana is one of the easiest ways to forever impact the course of a student’s life. Scholarship funds give students opportunities that may not have been available otherwise. Today, the cost of post-secondary education is skyrocketing and more and more students are facing the decision about whether or not they can afford an education.

To learn more about creating a scholarship fund, click here.


For additional information on any of these items, please contact Crystal Gunther, Sr. Director of Community Philanthropy, by calling (812) 948-4662. You may also email her at cgunther@cfsouthernindiana.com.

Our office is located at 4108 Charlestown Road at I-265 in New Albany, Indiana, 47150.

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