Many organizations, trusts, foundations, individuals, etc. make scholastic scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors. You might be amazed to know exactly how many. Most often the money is needed; at times the grants simply supplement a large cache of money or add to the scholarship fund of an institution.
Generally, the people and companies that award their own scholarships, or contribute to organizations that award scholarships, receive tax considerations. In many cases publicity is given to the donors, and rightfully so. Scholarships are ‘attention getters,’ and most of us can relate to scholarships. We believe recipients are being helped, and high-achieving students are being rewarded for their classroom performance. We, therefore, know exactly what we gave and who benefits, which makes us feel good about our contribution.
We have awarded our scholarships in the name of the Superintendent of Schools to graduating seniors based on teacher/staff recommendations, academic performance, activities participation and school/community services. In 2005 the Alumni Association went a step beyond that. We assist students who may not have outstanding grades or scores and may not be connected to some organization or have an advocate helping them to achieve their educational goals. We are addressing all students who have been accepted to an institution of higher learning, are willing to work hard, have an educational goal, have begun a history of service and are in need of financial help. To meet that objective we added an Alumni Endowed Scholarship, which is a one-time grant to a qualifying student, and the Active Student Grants, underwritten by the Kurt & Tessye Simon Student Assistance Fund. These are one-time grants awarded to active college students who have little or no financial assistance and are on schedule to graduate. We believe we are filling a void by addressing a group of students who can easily be overlooked. Our belief is that there are many “late bloomers” who find more classroom motivation as they mature.
Contributors should know that only a very small percent of the Association’s funds are spent on operating costs annually. The board is a volunteer board, and there are no fancy annual meeting locations, meals or freebies.
Anyone interested in funding an endowed scholarship should contact the Alumni Association.
||Monica Chan of Washington High School received an endowed scholarshhip to attend IU. She plans to study accounting. Monica is the daughter of Roger and Min Chan of South Bend.
||Jacob Freske, Adams, received an endowed scholarship to study at either Ball State or IUSB. He is the son of Robert and Juliana Freske of South Bend.
||Kurt & Tessye Simon Grant
Cody Schell received a $1,000 grant to continue his studies at Manchester College. He is a 2009 graduate of Clay High School.
|| Second Chance Grant
David Shafer, a student at Indiana State University, received a $1,000 grant. He is studying construction management at Indiana State University. He is a graduate of Marian High School.
Past Scholarship and Grant Recipients
2011: Nora T. Mansfield, Adams High School; Bridget C. Hickey, Clay High School; Lauren M. James, Riley High School; Stacey M. Hogan, Washington High School. Endowed: Nicholas A. Pellegrino, St. Joseph; David J. Shafer, Marian. Lauren Davis Scholarship: Sidney A. Staples, Clay. Joseph Fragomeni Sr. Scholarship: Adam Baumgartner, Adams. Simon Grants: Christpher Burke, Clay; Alyssa Dunn, Riley; Cody Schell, Clay; Allison Shafer, Riley.
2010: Samantha K. Marley, Adams; Anna E. Sobieski, Clay; Kristina M. Patzkowsky, Riley; Charnelle N. Maefield-Martin, Washington. Simon Grants: Rikki L. Cecrle, Clay; Cody W. Schell, Clay. Second Chance Grants: Katelyn Drudge, William Freske, Allison Shafer.
2009: Hollin Bolden, Adams; Jasmine Allen, Riley; Stephanie Firehammer, Clay; Jashay Johnson-Martin, Washington. Endowed: Katelyn Drudge, Penn; Daniel Horvath, Riley; William Freske, Adams. Fragomeni: James Hudson Jr., Adams. Simon Grants: Rikki Cecrle, Clay; Kaitlin Armentrout; Riley; Beth LaFree, Riley; Donna Chamblee, LaSalle; Anne LaFree, Riley. Second Chance:Matt Mackowiak, Washington; Stephanie Orlowski, Washington; Emily Haller, Adams; Ryan Orlowski, Washington; Allison Shafer, Riley.
2008: Anna L. Otero-Torres, Adams; Joshua A. Lukas, Clay; Gabrielle S. Dutrieux, Riley; Blanca N. Alvarado, Washington. Endowed: Allison Shafer, Riley; Matthew Mackowiak, Washington; Stephanie Orlowski, Washington. Simon Grant: Cody DeShone, Riley; Laura Fitzgerald, Adams.
2007: Alyssa Dunn, Riley; Madeline Haller, Adams; Andrew Ewald, Washington; Evan Youngquist, Clay. Endowed: Ryan Orlowski, Washington; Ashley Timm, Clay. Frangomeni: Kimberly Manigault, Riley. Simon Grant: Dan Seitz, Clay.
2006: Delphine Keza, Adams; Alida J. Marroni, Clay; Adam R. Huff, Washington; Rene Alonso, Riley. Fragomeni: Michael Padberg, Riley. Endowed: Emily Haller, Adams; Jean Paul Jaume, Adams; Cameron McMichael, John Glenn. Simon Grants: Amy Marsh, Adams; Christy Kollar, Clay.
2005: Rachel Marley, Adams; Laura Schalliol, Clay; Thy Ca Nguyen, Riley; Marteve Gray, Washington.
2004: Donald Perkins III, Adams; Rachel Ford, Clay; Danilo Rodriguez, Riley; Lorraine Chan, Washington.
2003: Kimberly Ballin, Clay; Melanie Duncan, Adams; Brandon Patton, Riley; Anthony Glenn, Washington.
2002: Kevin Alby, Adams; Lindsey Carl, Clay; Elyse Chudzynski, Riley; Matthew Ciesielski, Washington; Margaet O’Sullivan, LaSalle.
2001: Alice Dymally, Washington, and Craig Ziolkowski, Washington.
2000: Jennifer Brison, LaSalle, and Amanda Myers, Riley.
1999: Aprell Carr, Washington, and Bryan Ziolkowski, Washington.
1998: Chandra Najdek, LaSalle, and Eric Fey, Riley.
1997: Mary Wisnewski, Riley, and Derek Dabrowiak, Washington.
1996: Kimberly Gruber, Washington, and Martin Owens, Washington.
1995: Traci Borkowski, LaSalle, and Jason Whitmer, Washington.
1994: Genevieve C. Morrill, Clay.
Notice to Scholarship/Grant Recipients
Scholarship/grant recipients must request payment of their scholarship/grant by contacting the South Bend Alumni Association. You must report your legal name, student ID number and the name and address of the person or office that will receive the check. Recipients of four year grants must renew this grant each school year by contacting the Alumni Association. You can make your renewal request after you have enrolled for the ensuing school year.
Please visit our Alumnews web page for photos and more information on our scholarship recipients.