The following scholarships are made possible by donations to Assumption High School.
Merit-Based High School Placement Test Scholarships
For students taking the High School Placement Test at Assumption, four-year renewable merit-based scholarships will be awarded to members of the class of 2028 who score in the top 10% on the High School Placement Test. These scholarships range from $1,000 – $4,000.
Students must take the test at Assumption High School on December 9 or January 6 to be eligible for these scholarships.
Thank you to our generous donors who make the following scholarships possible.
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 to provide a tuition grant to a current freshman or sophomore.
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. 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.
This scholarship was established by Kathie Hoffmann Barr, a proud graduate of the Class of 1959, and her husband, Jim Barr, who generously created this endowment specifically to further the mission of Assumption High School in educating and empowering future generations of young women to be the leaders of tomorrow. This endowment is dedicated to providing greater opportunities for young women, who due to financial hardships, may not be able to afford a life-changing Assumption education. This fund will, every four years, provide a four-year scholarship to two rising freshman attending Assumption High School.
This scholarship was established by The Mary Byron Project in memory of Mary Byron ’91, 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.
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 class of 2020 was an extraordinary class and was the first class to experience a disruption to their senior year due to a pandemic (COVID-19). They wanted to be the first class to establish a scholarship at AHS that would support a rising senior to ensure her senior year wasn’t affected due to financial hardship.
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.
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 assists an AHS student in continuing her education in a strong Catholic environment. This scholarship is made possible by the Flaget Alumni Association for a qualifying student attending a Catholic high school in Louisville. The student must demonstrate financial need and show participation in extracurricular activities and charitable and/or community service.
This scholarship was established by, Jeanne Tarullo Hays ’71 in honor and memory of her grandmother and namesake, Gina Giandonato. Gina immigrated to the United States from Italy as a teenager. She was an independent, intelligent, courageous, yet soft-spoken woman who modeled the characteristics that Assumption nurtured in Jeanne.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
This scholarship was established by the friends and family of Carrie Urton McCaw ’94 and Kacey McCaw to honor their memory and their love for Assumption High School and St. Raphael the Archangel Parish. Carrie and Kacey were tragically killed in a car accident, along with dear friends Lesley Prather and her daughter Rhyan Prather, on their way to a volleyball tournament. Their lives touched so many in the community but especially those in communities of KIVA, Assumption High School, and St. Raphael the Archangel Parish. The purpose of this scholarship is to enable one or more deserving student(s) graduating from St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Grade School the opportunity to attend Assumption High School.
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.
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 junior who has participated in the ACTS program, continues performing volunteer service throughout her senior year, embodies the spirit of community service and a true love of life, and is involved in any AHS extracurricular activity.
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.
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 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 education, adheres to Christian values, and has an interest in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) curriculum.
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.
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 and plans on pursuing a college career.
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.
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.
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.
This scholarship was established by the friends and family of Laura Schwager ’70 to celebrate her for her fierce commitment, profound compassion, and unwavering support of her students. Laura came to AHS in 1966 as a student and graduated as a proud member of the Class of 1970. She was a revered teacher and beloved coach who made a significant impact in the lives of many people.
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.
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 is actively engaged in the retreat program and exhibits school spirit. This award will help offset those expenses associated with senior year.
The Harriet Hamilton Thompson Memorial Scholarship was established by her family. Harriet was the mother of Anne-Hamilton Thompson ’03. 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.
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 recipient will have a positive outlook, sense of humor, and be an inspiration to her classmates and others.
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 will be awarded to a student(s) who shares Tina’s love of life, is committed to enhancing her education and plans to pursue a college education in the area of medicine or other STEAM curriculum.
Cary G. Wise was the best of us. She was not only strong in the face of adversity, but she kept her light shining bright no matter the circumstances. Her positivity, grace, and vigor radiated to all those around her. May we all live like Cary and carry on her legacy of integrity and perseverance. The purpose of this scholarship is to honor her memory and her love for AHS.