Funds in the Greater Seymour Trust Fund

The Greater Seymour Trust Fund is compiled of many funds, each established to serve a specific need, and each with specific stipulations. We invite you to learn more about the funds and how they may benefit your organization or a student seeking scholarship assistance.

If you would like to learn more about a particular fund in the Greater Seymour Trust Fund, please click on the name of the fund in the list below.

General Fund

The General Fund was established by the Board of Managers to accept funds which have not been directed to a specific fund. Distributions from the fund are used for specific grants and other uses as determined by the Board of Managers.

Maude S. Welch Fund

The scholarship was established with a bequest under the Will of Elbert S. Welch for nursing scholarships. The scholarship is for a resident of Jackson County and for educational programs for nurses through Schneck Medical Center. Mr. Welch established the fund in recognition of his wife's desire to pursue a career in nursing but was unable to during her lifetime.


The scholarship is available to residents of Jackson County and may be renewed for four years. Financial need is a primary consideration for non-high school applicants. GPA, financial need is the primary consideration for high school applicants.

Jacie E. Hanner Humane Society Fund

Jacie E. Hanner established the fund through a bequest in her Will to provide assistance to the Humane Society of Jackson County.


The Humane Society of Jackson County receives an annual distribution from the fund.

Sherman H. & Lillian Berry Fund

Established by Waldron Berry in memory of his parents, Sherman H. and Lillian Berry. Mr. and Mrs. Berry were successful business people of Seymour and accumulated their estate through their diligent efforts in various business activities. The scholarship is available to Seymour High School graduates who are pursuing a business degree.


The recipient must be a graduate of Seymour High School and attend Seymour High School for at least three (3) years. The scholarship shall be awarded to students who plan to major in a business school curriculum. For the purpose of this scholarship business degree shall be broadly interpreted to include but not be limited to accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing or a degree in any business field. If a school normally assigns a first or second year student to a general course or general undergraduate courses, the applicant's statement that he intends to work toward a business degree is sufficient proof of the applicant's intentions.


The amount of the scholarship shall be for tuition to a college or university located in the State of Indiana and commonly regarded as a state supported institution. The student shall be awarded an additional sum of one thousand collars ($1,000.00) to apply toward other college expenses. The yearly scholarship shall be paid in two installments approximately one-half prior to the start of the fall semester and the remaining one-half prior to the start of the second semester. No scholarship shall be provided for “summer� school.


Need is to be the prime concern in the awarding of a scholarship and the applicant will be asked to submit his basis of "need". It is well recognized that because of circumstances such as, outside work, school sports or activities, or for some other valid reason a student may not be in the top part of his class. The Board of Managers so far as scholastic ability is concerned only needs to be believe that a student has a good chance of maintaining a 2.5 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale) in the college of his choice. Consideration may also be given for activities both in school and in the community, character and good citizenship.


The student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale). A student may apply for a scholarship in subsequent years up to four years. No scholarship shall be awarded except to apply to an undergraduate degree.

Paul S. Hanner Fund

A bequest by Jacie Hanner in memory of husband, Paul, for scholarships to graduates of Seymour High School.


The primary requirement for the scholarship grant shall be financial need. Scholastic aptitude and general character of the recipient shall also be a consideration. The scholarship may be renewed up to four years.

Mary Hatfield Glasson Fund

Mrs. Glasson established the scholarship fund to award scholarships to graduating seniors of Seymour High School. Mrs. Glasson established the fund in memory of her brother Lawrence Hatfield who owned Hatfield Drug Store in Seymour.


The primary requirement for the scholarship grant shall be financial need. The scholarship should be awarded to students who make average grades, the scholarship is not to be given with the persons with the best grades in the class. The scholarship is also based upon the citizenship of each student while in high school. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years of college education, so long as that student has passing grades and maintains good citizenship.

Cyril O. & Ora E. Story Fund

A bequest under the Will of Ora E. Story for scholarships to graduating seniors of Seymour High School.


The primary factor in awarding the scholarship grant shall be financial need even though their grade average is less than others. Consideration should also be given to citizenship, character and participation in school activities, religious and other activities outside of school. The scholarship is renewable for four years.

Dallas Tyler Fund

The fund was established under the Dallas Tyler Trust Fund. Scholarships are to be awarded to children of Seymour.


The primary consideration shall be financial aid. The scholarship may be renewable for four years.

Evie Scott Fund

The Evie Scott Fund is a bequest under the Will of Evie Scott to fund projects for youth of Seymour, IN.


An annual distribution as special grants is made to qualifying 501c (3) entities in Seymour, IN.

Miriam Newkirk Fund

The fund was established by Miriam Newkirk through a bequest in the Will to benefit the youth of Seymour.


An annual distribution as special grants is made to qualifying 501c (3) entities in Seymour, IN.

Hamilton Township Fund

The scholarship fund was created and funded by members of the Hamilton Township Alumni Association.


The scholarship is for Seymour High School students who are a resident of Hamilton Township at time of graduation and must have attended Cortland School, a parochial school, or a special academic program at least one year while living in Hamilton Township.


Scholarships are to be awarded based upon the student's performance as measured by cumulative grade point average. GPAs earned by the end of the first semester of the senior year shall be used to determine GPA.

Verna Robertson Fund

Verna Robertson established the fund through a bequest in her Will to benefit needy children and persons who are elderly, handicapped or ill.


An annual distribution as special grants is made to qualifying 501c (3) entities in Seymour, IN.

Kelso & Orpha Briner Fund

Orpha Briner established the scholarship fund under her Will. The scholarship is for graduating seniors Crothersville High School in Crothersville, IN.


The scholarship shall be used for college or university scholarships for deserving graduates of the Crothersville High School or the Vernon Township school system. The scholarship shall be awarded to one or more students each year. A general criteria will be used for selection of the recipient of the scholarship.

Jeanette Johnson Deal Memorial Scholarship Fund

The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Johnson, Janette was a graduate of Seymour High School and Ball State University. Memorials made in honor of Janette were used to establish the scholarship fund.


The scholarship recipient must be a senior girl graduating from Seymour High School and enrolled at Ball State University. Financial need is a consideration for the scholarship.

Renee Hildreth Memorial Scholarship Fund

Renee's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hildreth, family and friends established the scholarship as a memorial to Renee.


The scholarship is an outright grant to a Seymour High School or Trinity Lutheran High School senior, to be used by the recipient for furtherance of his/her education, with a major in Journalism or Communications (includes Corporate Communication, Human Relations, Mass Communications, Public Relations and Strategic Communication specialties), at a college or university of the student's choice.


Further consideration shall be given to financial need, school and community involvement, and scholastic achievement.

C.A. & Irene Bunker Fund

C. A. Bunker established the scholarship fund under his Will.


The scholarships shall be awarded to deserving graduating seniors of Two Rivers High School in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The applicants shall apply in writing for the scholarship. Consideration for receipt of the scholarship shall be character of the individual student as well as scholastic ability, participation in school and community activities and financial need. A scholarship shall be awarded only for one year at a time but may be awarded to any student for a second or subsequent year not to exceed four years of college.

Brad A. Thompson Fund

The scholarship fund was created by family and friends in honor and memory of Brad A. Thompson.


The scholarship grant is available to graduating seniors of Seymour High School who will be attending Purdue University.

Lydia Mellencamp Fund

The scholarship fund was established as a bequest under the Will of Lydia Mellencamp. The scholarship is for graduating seniors of Seymour High School who will be entering the field of nursing.


The scholarship grant will be based upon a combination of scholastic ability and aptitude, scholastic achievement, good citizenship, interest in the field of nursing, and a need for financial aid. The scholarship is renewable for four years.

Boys & Girls Club of Seymour Fund

The Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club established the fund for the benefit of the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour.


The Boys & Girls Club of Seymour receives an annual distribution from the fund to be used for the club.

Ben Everhart Fund

The scholarship memorial was established in honor of Ben Everhart by his family and friends for scholarships to a male graduating senior of Seymour High School who participated in the athletic program.


The applicant must demonstrate a dedication to athletics by trying hard to perform as instructed by the coaching staff. He must keep his body free from the effects of illegal drugs of any type. The applicant need not necessarily be one of the "top" athletes in the program.

Charles Forrest Foster Fund

Dr. Mary Jo Foster established the scholarship fund in memory of her husband Charles Forrest Foster. Mr. Foster was a 1941 graduate of Shields High School in Seymour, Indiana. He was a 1948 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. In 1967 he received an M.S. in Aero-Space Engineering and in 1972 an M.S. degree in Oceanography from Florida Institute of Technology.


The scholarship will be granted to a student who is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Purdue University or pursuing a general engineering degree. The grant is to be based on financial need, involvement in school activities, church involvement and overall grade average.

Joe & Arletta Cobb Fund

Arletta Cobb established the fund under her Will for scholarships to graduating seniors of Jackson County who desire to attend a college or university.


Requirements for the scholarship are a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, extracurricular activities and financial need. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four consecutive years.

Anah C. & Willard A. Klakamp Fund

The scholarship fund was established under the will of Anah C. Klakamp. The scholarship is awarded to graduating seniors of Seymour High School.


The scholarship shall be for tuition plus one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) to be used for other college expenses. The tuition cost shall be awarded equal to the current year's tuition at Indiana University. The scholarship may be a four year renewable scholarship, with general criteria, for selection of the recipient.

Nellie Kloeker Fund

The fund was established under the Will of Nellie Kloeker for scholarships in Seymour and grants for local charitable purposes.


One-half of the annual distributions shall be awarded as scholarships to non highs school students in the area of ministry, teaching, nursing, physicians and to graduating seniors who are residents of Seymour. Graduating seniors are eligible without course limitations.


The second half of the annual distribution is awarded as special grants to qualifying 501c (3) charitable entities in Seymour, IN.

Ivan E. Frische Fund

Ivan E. Frische, a life time resident of Jackson County established the scholarship fund under his Will.


The scholarship is to be granted to graduating seniors of Jackson County high schools. General criteria is used to select the scholarship recipient. The scholarship may be renewable for four years.

Ed & Betty Elsner Jr. Humanitarian Fund

The fund was established by JCB to honor Mr. Elsner's many contributions to JCB and the community. The fund is for the benefit of Anchor House and Community Provisions.


Anchor House receives 2/3 and Community Provisions of Jackson County receives 1/3 of the annual distribution from the fund.

Fredrick H. Kasting Fund

Fred Kasting, a lifetime resident of Jackson County established the fund as a bequest under his Will for the benefit of Developmental Services, Inc. and American Cancer Society of Jackson County.


Developmental Services, Inc. and American Cancer Society of Jackson County each receive an equal annual distribution from the fund.

James T. Thompson Fund

Mr. Thompson was a life long resident of Jackson County who owned and operated Thompson Dairy, in Seymour. The fund was established by JoAnn Thompson in memory of her husband, James T. Thompson.


Mr. Thompson was an outstanding community member in many ways and was described as "one great guy-one who comes along only once in a while". He was a member of many services and community organizations. Among the boards he served were the Ivy Tech Board of Trustees, Hanover College Board of Trustees, Seymour Community Schools Board of Trustees. Mr. Thompson was the Seymour Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen in 1980.


He graduated from Shields Senior High School in 1940 and Culver Military Academy Summer School in the Black Horse Troop. A 1943 graduate of Purdue University he went directly into the military, artillery division. While in the army, he was a liaison pilot with the artillery and served under Gen. Mark Clark as a lieutenant. After being honorably discharged, he was recalled to military service during the Korean War and sent to Germany.


Scholarships will be awarded to graduating students who are residents of Seymour and will attend Hanover College or Purdue University. General criteria will be used for selection of the recipient.

St. Paul United Church of Christ Fund

The St. Paul United Church of Christ congregation established the fund at the time of merger with Peace Lutheran church.


Peace Lutheran Church receives an annual distribution from the fund.

Amanda Stahl Fund

The scholarship fund was established by the family and friends of Amanda. Amanda was a 16 year old Seymour High School student who was active in her high school, 4-H, church and the community prior to her death in a car accident. Amanda planned to become a veterinarian.


The scholarship recipient must be a graduate of a high school located in Jackson County, Indiana, pursuing a degree in veterinary science and/or agriculture. Recipients may re-apply annually. Consideration shall be given first to GPA, a member of Future Farmers of America, 4-H, volunteerism, community service and extra curricular activities. Applicants must provide three (3) letter of recommendation to include statements regarding the considerations.

Louis G. and Nellie E. Bauer Fund

Nellie and "Lou" were long time residents of Seymour. While Lou and Nellie had no children they wanted to insure that other children had the opportunity to pursue their education. Nellie Bauer established the fund under her Will.


Eligible recipients must be graduates from the Seymour Community School Corporation. The scholarship may be used for any college or university that provides at least a four year education. The scholarship is renewable annually. The student must maintain a (C+) GPA or better. The scholarship may not be awarded for work on a master or advanced degree.


The amount of the scholarship shall be the average current cost of tuition of a fulltime student working toward an undergraduate degree at Indiana University plus an amount of $500.00 for the cost of books, fees and other miscellaneous school costs. A student may attend any college or university of his or her choice, but the scholarship need not cover the full cost of tuition if the amount is more than the average cost at Indiana University.

Lauren Bayon Brown Fund

The Lauren Bayon Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by Lauren's parents Shawn M. Brown and Amy J. Bechelli. Lauren was only two years old when she lost her battle with cancer. Family and friends donated to the memorial in honor of Lauren.


The scholarship recipient must be a graduating senior of Brownstown Central High School or Seymour High School. A scholarship will be awarded to one Brownstown student and one Seymour student annually. The scholarship is to be applied toward tuition. The scholarship will first be based on financial need. The student must have a 3.0 GPA and be involved in school activities.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Career Fund

The MAKE A DIFFERENCE Career Fund was established by an anonymous donor who is passionate about assisting adult learners who wish to pursue higher education or career advancement opportunities, but might not be able to do so without financial assistance. The purpose of this fund is to provide scholarships for college, advanced or technical training to adults to further their education in order to gain new skills, become more proficient in existing skills, advance in their field of employment, or seek a degree. Non-degree seeking students must be pursuing vocational or career related certifications through an accredited educational or instructional program.


This fund will target those individuals whose financial needs significantly inhibit the pursuit of their goals. The grant may be for tuition, required books and fees, or room and board. Preference will be given to applicants who have completed secondary education, defined as either graduation from high school with a diploma or completion of a GED. However, exceptions may be made by the Scholarship Committee.


Although this is a one-time scholarship, current recipients may reapply with priority consideration given to current recipients as long as criteria for selection continue to be met. Recipients shall meet renewal requirements as established by the Greater Seymour Trust Fund and the MAKE A DIFFERENCE Career Fund.


Applicants must (1) have a demonstrated financial need, (2) reside in the Seymour Community Schools district, (3) have documentation of enrollment or meet eligibility requirements for the certificate or degree program of their choice, (4) have a high level of motivation and determination to attain educational goals, and (5) provide two letters of recommendation from non-family members who can give information relative to character, motivation, goals, financial need, community or church involvement, and work history, if relevant. Although not a requirement, Christian or community service will be looked upon with favor in the selection process.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE Scholarship Fund

The MAKE A DIFFERENCE Scholarship Fund was established by an anonymous donor who is passionate about assisting financially needy students who wish to pursue higher education when life circumstances, financially or otherwise, might make achievement of such a goal unlikely. The donor hopes grants will truly make a difference in enabling recipients to achieve independence and skills necessary to have a comfortable standard of living and security.


Grants may be used for tuition, fees, books, and room and board at the student's school of choice (college, vocational or technical school, seminary, etc.). The scholarship may be automatically renewable for up to four years according to provisions and renewal requirements of the Greater Seymour Trust Fund and the MAKE A DIFFERENCE Scholarship Fund.


Applicants must (1) be under the age of 20, (2) demonstrate significant financial hardship, (3) reside in the Seymour Community Schools district, (4) have documentation of enrollment or meet eligibility requirements for the certificate or degree program sought, (5) have a high level of motivation, determination and willingness to sacrifice in order to achieve their educational goals, and (6) provide two letters of recommendation from non-family members who can give information relative to moral character and other above mentioned criteria . Past academic performance and scores on any higher education examinations such as the ACT or SAT will be considered, as well as involvement and leadership in extracurricular, Christian, or community activities.

Deer Crossing Fund

This fund was established by an anonymous donor for the purpose of providing spontaneous and recurring gifts to qualified 501(c)(3) chosen by select members of the donor's family.


Annual gifts have been made to K9's for Warriors, Riley Children's Foundation, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and many others.

Barney & Marguerite Scott Athletes Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was established by Marguerite Scott following the death of her husband, Barney. This fund provides scholarships to graduating seniors of Seymour High School who have received a varsity letter in any sport at Seymour High School and who will attend college in Indiana with a major in Education. Once the above criteria are met, financial need is to be the primary additional consideration.

Richard H. Ruddick & Nancy E. King Fund

This fund was established by a distribution from the Estate of Richard H. Ruddick to benefit Seymour First Baptist Church and Hayden Methodist Church.


Annual distributions of equal value will be made to Seymour First Baptist Church and Hayden Methodist Church.

Sharon Bradford Anchor House Endowment Fund

The Board of Directors of Anchor House in Seymour, Indiana established the fund for the benefit of Anchor House using a bequest under the Will of Sharon Bradford.


Anchor House receives an annual distribution from the fund.

Gilbert Kovener Scholarship Fund

Gilbert Kovener established this fund under his Will for scholarships to graduating seniors of Jackson County who desire to attend a college or university.


General criteria will be used for selection of the recipient. The scholarship includes one-time scholarships and renewable scholarships up to four consecutive years.

Patricia Woodard Tidd Scholarship

This fund was established under the Will of Patricia Tidd to provide scholarships to graduating seniors of Seymour High School planning to attend a trade school, college, university or any institute beyond the high school level.

 

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