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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 was also a cheerleader and a volunteer for various charitable organizations.  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 memorial scholarship is intended to honor her memory and to 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 created this memorial and donated the money each year to fund this scholarship.  Mr. King passed away in 2015 and his family has generously chosen to continue funding this scholarship. 

This $2,000 Laura Abell scholarship is awarded to an Assumption High School Junior who has: 

  • excelled academically to the best of her abilities
  • demonstrated care and concern for others through extracurricular activities
  • has the ability to clearly express what she would like to achieve through a career choice
  • has organization and leadership skills
  • has significant involvement in school-related activities 

It was through Laura’s determination and maximizing of her God-given abilities which made her a credit to herself, A.H.S. and society.  It is not necessarily the brightest, most deserving financially, or athletically talented young woman who should receive the scholarship, but rather one who has demonstrated the described qualities.  Student should state what she hopes to gain and contribute as part of a career choice, even if undecided at this point. 

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.  She was involved with many student activities such as the Glee Club, Scholarship Club, Sodality, CAP’s and Speech Clubs.  Today, Dr. Adams, a former Board Member, is parishioner at St. Michael’s Catholic Church and is retired as a Professor of Nursing at the University of Louisville School of Nursing.  Paulette and Jerry’s careers were dedicated to education.  They endowed this scholarship to ensure that more young students have access to the academic and faith-filled education that is offered at Assumption. 

This $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a current freshman or sophomore who meets the following criteria and it will be applied to their tuition for the following school year:

  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • Maintain B average or above
  • Be involved in school-related activities
  • Demonstrate academic achievement and
  • Demonstrate leadership in community service or extracurricular activities.

The essay should refer to the criteria above and include her goals for high school and aspirations for her future.

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 into 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. She was a strong-willed and determined child. Her determination to overcome adversity was evident in her efforts in the classroom, her participation in athletics, and in life. This scholarship is intended to honor her memory and to serve as motivation for young women to strive for their goals and continue their efforts to achieve, 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. 

Criteria: The PSP Program will receive $500 and $1,500 will be awarded to a second semester or 2019 – 2020 Assumption High School freshman who has: 

  • Overcome a learning difficulty in her academic life
  • Demonstrated compassion and caring to those around her
  • Applied herself in the classroom
  • Expressed a positive outlook on life and encouraged others
  • Shown a kind and friendly Christian spirit
  • Applicants must have been diagnosed with a learning difference and participate in the post-secondary planning program at Assumption High School.

This endowment is funded by the alumnae of Assumption High School and friends and family of the Deters – 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 victim of dating violence. This three-year $2,000 per year scholarship is a tuition grant for students who:

  • Maintain a B+ average;
  • Wish to undertake a leadership opportunity among their peers and in the community relating to dating violence;
  • This is a working scholarship that will require an ongoing time commitment of at least 2-3 hours per month (with the months of January and February requiring an additional few hours). Recipients of this scholarship will be required to attend a one-day orientation/workshop each summer that they apply or renew.

The Chitwood Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship is funded by the Chitwood Foundation in memory of Kevin Chitwood, Trinity ’85, father of Josie Chitwood AHS ’21, a beloved husband, father, and proud graduate of Trinity High School.  He will always be remembered as a hero and for his volunteer spirit.  The recipient will be an incoming freshman, current freshman, sophomore, or junior who should exhibit Kevin’s spirit of “Never a Bad Day”. The ideal applicant values volunteerism with an outgoing and humorous nature.  The criteria is as follows

  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • Demonstrated community service
  • An attitude of service to others

The essay should explain why the student feels she fits the criteria for the scholarship, what she learned from her sophomore ACTS experience, how she plans to continue her involvement in service work in the community during her junior year, how she is involved in Assumption extracurricular activity(s), how she feels she embodies the spirit of community service and a true love of life, how she demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership in her school community, and what she has learned about Ava Meagher.

Gina Marie Clark Memorial Scholarship

In an endeavor to honor and remember Gina Clark, the Assumption Class of 1986 established a scholarship fund in her name.  Gina touched many lives with her out-going 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. 

This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a current junior who meets the following criteria: 

  • excels academically to the best of her ability 
  • includes fitness of mind and body as part of her daily routine
  • is career goal oriented
  • enjoys helping others in the community
  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.

The Crum Family Scholarship

This $500 scholarship was established by graduate Jennifer Crum Balmos ’98 in honor of her parents. It will benefit a student of Assumption High School with a history of serving others or with a demonstrated desire to do so in her career. The applicant should be known for her positive school spirit, academic achievement, and she 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.

The purpose of this scholarship is to recognize an Assumption student who: personifies empathy by showing exemplary Christian leadership; and perseverance through academics and service in her school and community. In addition, to promote racial and ethnic diversity at Assumption High School, this scholarship will be awarded to a student who is a member of a racial or ethnic minority. This scholarship will be awarded to an incoming 8th grader, a current Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior who meets the following criteria:

1.     Must qualify for financial aid (qualification determined by FACTS Grant and Aid)

2.     Maintain 3.0 GPA or above

3.     Represents racial or ethnic diversity by being a member of a racial or ethnic minority

4.     Must be involved in school-related activities

5.     Must demonstrate academic achievement

6.     Must be involved in community service

The Flaget High School Alumni Scholarship

Flaget High School Alumni Association is sponsoring two scholarships for students who have a desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education, and who shows evidence of financial need. They must display the virtues of initiative, discipline, and a positive spirit, while exhibiting the capacity to meet academic requirements satisfactory for future college acceptance.

Two current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who meet the following criteria may apply for these two $2,500 grants: 

  • participates in extracurricular activities requiring time, effort, and personal development;
  • demonstrates charitable and/or community service by participation in civic or school projects;
  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.

Guardian Angel Scholarship

This scholarship was designated to provide a tuition grant for students who adhere to Christian values, have a strong desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education and must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process. This $1,000 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. Holmes. Erica was involved with SALT (Service Action Leadership Team), BETA Club, served as a Peer Leader and 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. This $2,500 scholarship is awarded to two incoming freshmen who meet the criteria and demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.

Victoria Burruss Jarboe Memorial Scholarship

In an endeavor to honor and remember 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. In spite of 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 fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1000 to a student who meets the following criteria: 

  • The scholarship(s) will be given to a student entering either 9th, 10th;11th or 12th grade at Assumption High School.
  • student(s) must have a cumulative B average or above to apply.
  • must be involved in school or community activities and demonstrate 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)
  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • essay should include why an Assumption High School education is important to her and how she is or will benefit from it.

The Kleinert Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is 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 living in Southern Indiana the opportunity to attend Assumption High School. It is available to incoming freshmen and current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

  • Maintains a B average;
  • Demonstrates leadership in the classroom or in the community;
  • Completes a typed essay;
  • Provides two written references;
  • This application requires the student to 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 a memorial scholarship in her memory. 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.

  • This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a current junior who meets the following criteria:
  • Excels academically to the best of her ability
  • Plans on pursuing a college degree
  • Is actively involved in volunteer service both in school and in her community

Your essay should refer to the criteria above and describes your experience with one service project or volunteer organization and how the experience benefited you.

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.  This $1,000 scholarship will honor their memory and support a student who must demonstrates need and applies for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process, and excels or has a specific interest in aviation, science, biology, or classes that teach social graces.  Applicants will meet the following criteria: 

  • excel academically in the areas of biology and/or science at Assumption;
  • possess exemplary social graces – defined as good manners and proper etiquette;
  • and plan on pursuing a college career.

Essay should explain how the student works to her fullest potential academically, excels in the areas of biology and/or science, how important it is to exemplify proper etiquette and describes her college career goals. 

Ava Meagher Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the friends and family of Ava Meagher to provide a tuition grant to a student who qualifies for financial aid at Assumption High School.  This scholarship will be awarded to a current sophomore who has successfully completed the ACTS program, who will continue performing volunteer service throughout her junior year, and who embodies the spirit of community service and a true love of life, who is involved in any AHS extracurricular activity(s), and who maintains a 2.75 G.P.A. 

Mrs. Meagher was a member of the faculty, ACTS coordinator, retreat director, AHS sports enthusiast and parent, and a loving friend to the Assumption community for 23 years.  Her enthusiasm and charm were an inspiration to everyone she met.  She truly listened to her heart and lived gospel values and Mercy charism.

This scholarship, in the amount of $2,500, is awarded to a current sophomore who meets the following criteria: 

  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • Maintain a 2.75 G.P.A.
  • Complete the sophomore ACTS program
  • Currently be involved or have been involved in at least one AHS extracurricular activity
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and leadership in the school community
  • Continue performing volunteer service throughout her junior year
  • Embody the spirit of community service and a true love of life 

M.J.’s Memorial Scholarship

This $2,000 renewable scholarship was established by Arthur P. and Ronda Hipwell in memory 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.

Martha Nord STEAM Scholarship

The family and friends of Martha Nord, a math teacher at Assumption High School for eight years who passed away on April 13, 2002, established this memorial scholarship for student(s) who have a strong desire to obtain a Catholic secondary education, adhere to Christian values, qualifies for financial assistance, and has an interest in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum.  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.

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1000 to a current 8th grader, Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior who meets the following criteria:

  •      Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process
  •      Be involved in school-related activities
  •      Demonstrate academic achievement
  •      Be involved in community service.

Sister Mary Prisca Pfeffer H’15, RSM Scholarship 

On August 15, 1955, Sister Prisca was appointed first principal of Assumption High School and was responsible, along with other Sisters of Mercy, for establishing our beloved Assumption. This scholarship was established by Dr. Carole Pfeffer ’70, the niece of Sister Mary Prisca Pfeffer H’15, RSM, and was created to honor the life and legacy of Sister Prisca with her unwavering commitment to Mercy education and Assumption High School.

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.  Yearly interest from the gift is used to fund the $1,000 Stephanie Pulford Memorial Scholarship which is awarded to a current junior who meets the following criteria:

  • works to her fullest potential academically;
  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • plans on pursuing a college career.

The essay should explain how she works to her fullest potential academically and include her college and career goals.  

Rocket Parent Network Scholarship

The Rocket Parent Network will award two $1,000 scholarships to current juniors for help with their 2019-2020 Assumption tuition.

This scholarship is designed to promote the parent network mission and support the peer leader life style. It is to be awarded to two juniors who meet the following criteria and who are selected by the scholarship committee of RPN and the peer leader moderators.

Students who apply must be:

  • the daughter of an active parent network member
  • a junior peer leader in good standing
  • must have a 3.00 G.P.A.
  • submit a 250 word essay which validates the students’ commitment to the goals of parent network and peer leadership.

John and Jenny Sass Family Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established by friends of John and Jenny Sass in an endeavor to express their love for John and Jenny. The scholarship will serve as a lasting legacy for all that they meant to friends, family, and the larger community.  John’s commitment and engagement with Assumption was through his daughters’ education, coaching the Pink/White game, and supporting volleyball, cross-country, and lacrosse programs as a parent. 

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1000 to a current 8th grader, Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior who meets the following criteria:

  • Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process;
  • Must demonstrate academic achievement by having a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above
  • Essay should include why an Assumption High School education is important to her and how she and her family is or will benefit from it.

The Servant Leadership Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a current Junior who meets the following criteria:

  •  Demonstrates a commitment to Christian leadership through service opportunities;
  •  Shows increased responsibility throughout her time at Assumption in meaningful service experiences;
  •  Applies herself in the classroom and values academic success;
  •  Is recognized by her peers as a compassionate and caring member of the AHS community;
  • Above all, she should demonstrate passion and purpose in her service to others.

Spirit of Assumption Award

This award was created by Judy Ribar H’14, a former retreat director and senior class moderator, and her husband John Ribar, to assist a rising senior at Assumption High School who not only demonstrates financial need, but 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 actively participate in class activities and is devoted to spiritual development, such as retreat and mission week.  

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable award of up to $1000 to a current Junior who meets the following criteria:

  •       Student(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  •       Student(s) must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above at the time of application.
  •       Student(s) must have participated in their Freshman and Sophomore retreat and plan to attend their Junior and Senior Retreat.

The Rosette Rosckes Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in learning French

This $2,000 scholarship was established by Dan and Renay Rosckes to honor the memory of former Assumption French teacher and Dan’s mother, Rosette Rosckes. The scholarship is a tuition grant 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 recipient must:

  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or above overall and in French classes;
  • Be involved in school-related activities, preferably (but not required) in French Club or French Scrabble.

The Harriet Hamilton Thompson Scholarship

The Harriet Hamilton Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established by the family of Harriet Hamilton Thompson. Harriet was the mother of Anne-Hamilton Thompson, an Assumption High School graduate of the Class of 2003. This scholarship was established to memorialize her life and her life’s interest. Harriet’s passions were her family, her Catholic faith and the medical profession. She was a dedicated mother and wife. Harriet was a pediatric nurse with a tremendous love for children. She valued her 12 years of Catholic education and was determined that her children would be able to attend Catholic schools. Her love of children and Catholic education will live on through this scholarship.These two $500 scholarships are awarded to two incoming freshmen, current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Works to her fullest potential academically
  • Must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.
  • Demonstrates care and concern for others
  • Is involved in school-related activities
  • Shows support for fellow classmates in the classroom, clubs and sport activities.

Tina Wulf Winter ’70 Memorial Scholarship

To honor and remember Tina Wulf Winter ’70, her family has established a scholarship fund in her name.  During her years at Assumption, Tina excelled academically, held several leadership roles, and was very involved in clubs and other activities. After graduating from Kentucky Baptist School of Nursing, she had a successful 35-year nursing career, with diverse roles in every aspect of the profession across the United States. An integral part of Tina’s caring and supportive life experience was her love of animals, active involvement and support for the performing arts, and a passion for the diversity and energy of the ocean. This scholarship supports students who share Tina’s love of life and are committed to increasing their education and contributions to the sciences, arts, and society.  

This fund hopes to award a non-renewable scholarship of up to $1000 to a student who meets the following criteria: 

  •       The scholarship(s) will be given to a student entering either 9th, 10th,11th, or 12th grade at Assumption High School.
  •      Student(s) (sophomores, juniors, and seniors only) must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above to apply if currently an AHS student.
  •       Student(s) must plan to attend college to pursue a degree in the area of medicine or other STEAM curriculum.
  •       Students(s) must demonstrate need and apply for aid based upon the School’s formal financial aid application process.

The Mary Varga Life of Courage Award

This $1,000 scholarship is given in honor of Mary Varga, a 1977 graduate of Assumption High School who leads an inspirational life in spite of a brain injury that she sustained after a car accident in 1995. 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 in spite of 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.