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High School Placement Test Scholarships

For students taking the High School Placement Test at Assumption, we are elated to announce that the following four-year renewable scholarships will be awarded to the top twenty scorers. Students must take the test at Assumption High School on December 8 or January 12 to be eligible for these scholarships.

For Class of 2023, AHS will offer:

  • 1st place:   $2,500
  • 2nd place:  $1,500
  • 3rd place:   $1,500
  • 4th place:   $1,500
  • 5th place:   $1,500
  • 6th place:   $1,000
  • 7th place:   $1,000
  • 8th place:   $1,000
  • 9th place:   $1,000
  • 10th place: $1,000
  • 11th place: $1,000
  • 12th place: $1,000
  • 13th place: $1,000
  • 14th place: $1,000
  • 15th place: $1,000
  • 16th place: $1,000
  • 17th place: $1,000
  • 18th place: $1,000
  • 19th place: $1,000
  • 20th place: $1,000
Apply2019-2020 School Year

Scholarships

The following scholarships are made possible by donations to Assumption High School. These scholarships are awarded annually to AHS students for their leadership and exemplary abilities and talents. For information on how you can make a tribute gift to one of the following scholarships or establish an endowed fund in honor of your family or someone who has made an impact on your life, please contact the Advancement Office at 502-458-6258.


Instructions on applying for a scholarship for the 2020-21 school year will be available on this page by December 15, 2019.

Laura Abell Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to memorialize Laura Abell’s contribution to society as an ambitious, energetic and concerned person.  Laura was a caring individual who loved life and who was loved by many.  Laura, who planned a career in Health Administration, excelled in journalism and public speaking.  She had leadership skills and the courage to plan a future while facing her own mortality.  Her Christian life was an example for all young women.  This scholarship is intended to honor her memory and serve as a motivational tool for other young women who desire to excel and make a difference in the lives of others.  Mr. Jim King, who created this memorial in Laura’s name, sadly passed away in 2015, but his family has generously chosen to continue funding this scholarship. 

The Paulette and Jerry Adams Scholarship for Excellence in Learning

This scholarship was established by Dr. Paulette Freeman Adams ’60, a former member of the Board of Directors at Assumption High School, and her husband Jerry Adams to provide a tuition grant to a current freshman or sophomore. Dr. Adams was a well-rounded student in her high school days at Assumption and was involved with many student activities.  Today, Dr. Adams is a parishioner at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and is a retired Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisville School of Nursing.  They endowed this scholarship to ensure that more young students have access to the academic and faith-filled education that is offered at Assumption. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Angela’s Gift

The purpose of this scholarship is to acknowledge and memorialize Angela BecVar’s short and significant life of twelve years. She overcame many medical hurdles and developed an engaging personality with a strong spirit. Angela enjoyed family, friends, sports, and animals. Her laughter was contagious and spontaneous. She was interested in everything around her, inquisitive, and sensitive to others. Her determination to overcome adversity was evident in her efforts in the classroom, participation in athletics, and love of life. This scholarship is intended to honor her memory and serve as motivation for young women to strive, even when faced with adversity. The first scholarship was awarded in the 2003-2004 school year to honor what would have been Angela’s freshman year at Assumption. This endowment is funded by the alumnae of Assumption High School and friends and family of the Deters and BecVar families.

The Mary Byron Project

This scholarship was established by  The Mary Byron Project in memory of Mary Byron, a 1991 Assumption graduate and a victim of dating violence. In 1994, Mary died at the hands of her former boyfriend who had been released from jail without Mary’s knowledge. The circumstances surrounding Mary’s death prompted the creation of VINE (The National Victim Notification Network) which is now used in thousands of communities across the nation. Students receiving this scholarship will be part of a program to educate young women about the cycle of domestic violence and help them identify behaviors that could appear in a dating relationship.

The Chitwood Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Chitwood Foundation in memory of Kevin Chitwood, father of Josie Chitwood, AHS ’21, a beloved husband, father, and proud 1985 graduate of Trinity High School.  Kevin will always be remembered as a hero and for his volunteer spirit.  The recipient(s) of this scholarship should exhibit Kevin’s spirit of “Never a Bad Day,” value volunteerism and have an outgoing and humorous nature.  The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Gina Marie Clark Memorial Scholarship

As a way of honoring the life of their classmate, Gina Clark, the Assumption Class of 1986 established a scholarship fund in her name.  Gina touched many lives with her outgoing personality and love for life.  She excelled both academically and athletically during her two years at Assumption.  She taught her classmates to “always have a dream” and live life to the fullest. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The Crum Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by graduate Jennifer Crum Balmos ’98 in honor of her parents. It will benefit student(s) of Assumption High School with a history of serving others or with a demonstrated desire to do so in her career. The applicant(s) should be known for her positive school spirit and academic achievement and must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Maria and Thomas Devasia Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Rose Devasia Anderson ’90 to honor her parents, Maria and Thomas Devasia, who worked hard to provide a Catholic education for their children. Its purpose is to recognize an Assumption student(s) who demonstrates empathy by showing exemplary Christian leadership, perseverance through academics and service in her school and community, and racial and ethnic diversity at Assumption High School. This scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority and must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The Flaget High School Alumni Scholarship

Flaget High School Alumni Association sponsors this scholarship for students who have a desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education. The recipient(s) should participate in extracurricular activities requiring time and effort for personal development or demonstrate charitable community service by participation in civic or school projects. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process. The Flaget Alumni Association generously provides scholarships to 12 area high schools.

The Gina Giandonato Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Jeanne Tarullo Hays ’71, the granddaughter of Gina Giandonato and her namesake, to honor Gina who immigrated from Italy as a teenager. Gina was an independent, intelligent, courageous, yet soft-spoken woman who modeled the characteristics that Assumption nurtured in Jeanne. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must take a foreign language and must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Global Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Patty Murphy Makatsaria ’90 and her husband, Vladimir. The purpose of this scholarship is to promote leadership ability as well as greater global and international awareness and understanding by recognizing an Assumption student(s) who demonstrates interest in global and international affairs. The student(s) must be involved in either the Global Outreach Club, Operation Smile, the Mercy Ambassadors Exchange Program, a school-sponsored international educational or mission trip, or some other activity that demonstrates leadership and commitment to international and global issues. The student(s) must also demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Guardian Angel Scholarship

This scholarship is designated to provide a tuition grant for students who adhere to Christian values, have a strong desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education and demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process. This scholarship is sponsored by several anonymous benefactors.

J.B. and Erica Kalbhin Holmes ’05 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Erica Kalbhin Holmes ’05 and her husband J.B. Erica was involved with SALT (Service Action Leadership Team), Beta Club, and the Peer Leader Program. She believes that attending AHS gave her the confidence to take chances and risks in life and learning. AHS allowed her to experience the power of a community. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Charles “Chuck” and Marty Horrell Scholarship

Charles “Chuck” and Marty Horrell were firm believers in Catholic education. They sent their six children to Catholic grade schools and high schools, including two daughters to Assumption. The Horrells created this scholarship to help others experience the value of a Catholic education by helping to offset the cost of tuition. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Victoria Burruss Jarboe Memorial Scholarship

As a way of honoring Victoria Burruss Jarboe, her daughters, Paula Weyler Beck ’99 and Holly Weyler McKnight ’05, have established a scholarship fund in her name.  Vicky struggled with mental illness throughout her life which ended when she committed suicide on November 5, 2016. Despite everything Vicky endured and the sacrifices she had to make, her mission in life was to be able to provide her daughters with a Catholic education. This scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who is involved in school or community activities and demonstrates leadership in community service. Preference will be given to those involved in service related to mental health care and/or has ambitions to work in this field. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the shool’s formal financial aid application process.

The Kleinert Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Sharon Kleinert in memory of her mother, Martha J. McGavic Stamper, to honor her life and legacy, especially her commitment and belief in the importance of education and empowering women to create a better society. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable a student(s) living in Southern Indiana the opportunity to attend Assumption High School. Preference will be given to a student(s) who demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The LaFollette Family Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memory of Charles “Terry” Lafollette, husband of Mary Ann Steltenpohl LaFollette ’69, to honor his life and legacy. His life reflected his faith and his love for his family. This scholarship will allow his legacy to live on through the ability to help a student(s) experience a Catholic education. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Amy Mangino Memorial Scholarship

The family and friends of Amy Mangino, a 1999 graduate of Assumption High School, established this memorial scholarship. Amy excelled academically but also had a special interest in numerous service projects and organizations. Amy’s strong Catholic faith and her belief in helping others will live on through this scholarship. Amy wrote her own personal creed: “Reciprocate God’s love and enter the kingdom of heaven.” Her life was certainly a reflection of God’s love, as was evident in the many friends she had and her close family ties.

James T. and Teresa D. McGruder Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Sunderhauf.  Mr. Sunderhauf was a close family friend of James and Teresa McGruder and created this scholarship to honor their memory and support a student(s) who excels at or has a specific interest in aviation, science, or biology. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Ava Meagher Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the friends and family of Ava Meagher who was a member of the faculty, ACTS coordinator, retreat director, AHS sports enthusiast, parent, and a loving friend to the Assumption community for 23 years. It will be awarded to a current sophomore who participates in the ACTS program, continues performing volunteer service throughout her junior year, embodies the spirit of community service and a true love of life, and is involved in any AHS extracurricular activity. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

M.J.’s Memorial Scholarship

This renewable scholarship was established by Arthur P. and Ronda Hipwell in memory of Art’s sister, Mary Jane Hipwell, and in honor of the leadership of the first Assumption president, Mary Lee McCoy. Mr. Hipwell was a former member of Assumption High School’s Board of Directors and a long-time supporter of Catholic education before his death. This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming freshman who demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The Kate Moyer Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created by Tay Wilkins, a former teacher at Assumption, and her husband, Jim Moyer, in loving memory of their daughter, Kate Moyer. Though Kate was never a student at AHS, she inspired Tay’s teaching in many ways.  Kate left her mark on everyone who knew her through her friendly and creative personality, her care and concern for others, and her determination to face her challenges. This scholarship is intended to afford Assumption students the chance to benefit from Kate’s own life and love of others. The recipient(s) of this scholarship must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Martha Nord STEAM Scholarship

The family and friends of Martha Nord, a math teacher at Assumption High School for eight years, established this memorial scholarship for a student(s) who has a strong desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education, adheres to Christian values, has an interest in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum and demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.  The applicant(s) must have a positive spirit, agree to conduct herself as a Christian role model, and plan to pursue a college degree in the area of STEAM.

Sister Mary Prisca Pfeffer H’15, RSM Scholarship 

This scholarship was established by Dr. Carole Pfeffer ’70, the niece of Sister Mary Prisca Pfeffer H’15, RSM who was the first principal of Assumption. Its purpose is to honor Sister Prisca’s life, legacy, and unwavering commitment to Mercy education and Assumption High School. It will be awarded to a student(s) who demonstrates compassion and care for those around her, expresses a positive outlook on life and encourages others, is involved in extra-curricular activities either in or outside of school, and demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Stephanie Pulford Memorial Scholarship

Donald and Elizabeth Pulford endowed a gift to Assumption High School in loving memory of their daughter, Stephanie Pulford, a 1993 graduate.  This scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who works to her fullest potential academically, plans on pursuing a college career, and demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

Rocket Parent Network Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to promote the parent network mission and support the peer leader lifestyle. It will be awarded to the daughter of an active parent network member who is a junior peer leader in good standing with at least a 3.00 G.P.A.

The Rosette Rosckes Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in learning French

To honor the memory of Dan’s mother and former Assumption French teacher, Rosette Rosckes, this scholarship was established by Dan and Renay Rosckes. This tuition grant will be awarded to a current sophomore or junior who is an honor student in French and who plans to continue her study of French each year. The student(s) must be involved in school-related activities, preferably in French Club or French Scrabble.

John and Jenny Sass Family Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by friends of John and Jenny Sass to express their love for them. It will serve as a lasting legacy of all that John and Jenny meant to friends, family, and the larger community.  The scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who succeeds academically by having a cumulative B average or above and who demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The Servant Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Phil and Suzanne McHugh to honor their daughters, Colleen ’08 and Erin ’13. It will recognize an Assumption student(s) who embodies the mission of Catherine McAuley by showing exemplary Christian leadership through service in her school and community.

Spirit of Assumption Award

This award was created by Judy Ribar H’14, a former retreat director and senior class moderator, to assist a rising senior at Assumption who demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process, is actively engaged in the retreat program and exhibits school spirit.  This award will help offset those expenses associated with senior year.  It is important that this student(s) actively participate in class activities and is devoted to spiritual development, such as retreat and mission week.  

The Harriet Hamilton Thompson Scholarship

The Harriet Hamilton Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established by her family. Harriet was the mother of Anne-Hamilton Thompson, an Assumption High School graduate of the Class of 2003. Her passions were her family, her Catholic faith, and the medical profession. Harriet was a pediatric nurse with a tremendous love for children. The scholarship will be awarded to a student(s) who works to her fullest potential academically, demonstrates care and concern for others, is involved in school-related activities, shows support for fellow classmates in the classroom, clubs and sport activities and demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.

The Mary Varga Life of Courage Award

This scholarship will be awarded in honor of Mary Varga, a 1977 graduate of Assumption High School, who leads an inspirational life despite a brain injury that she sustained after a car accident. The scholarship for tuition will be given to a current sophomore or junior who is nominated by a student, faculty/staff member, or administrator. Nominees must demonstrate courage and strength of character despite current or past adversity whether by reason of health, disability, family circumstance, or otherwise. The ideal candidate will have a positive outlook, sense of humor, and be an inspiration to her classmates and others.

Tina Wulf Winter ’70 Memorial Scholarship

To honor and remember Tina Wulf Winter ’70, her family has established this scholarship fund in her name.  Tina excelled academically, held several leadership roles, and was very involved in clubs and other activities. She had a successful 35-year nursing career, and an integral part of Tina’s caring and supportive life experience also included her love of animals, active involvement and support for the performing arts, and passion for the diversity and energy of the ocean. This scholarship supports a student(s) who shares Tina’s love of life, is committed to enhancing her education and contributions to the sciences, arts, and society and demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the school’s formal financial aid application process.