Scholarship Name

Eligibility Requirements 

Scholarship Story


Agricultural Scholarship

 

Legal residents of La Porte County in Indiana pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree. Applicants must intend to study agricultural and related sciences including, but not limited to; Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Chemistry, Horticultural Engineering, Food Sciences, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications, Veterinary Sciences, Animal Husbandry, and Animal Nutritional Sciences. Applicants must not be on academic probation.

 

Long-time La Porte County farmer Russ Arndt recognized that fewer persons were entering the field of Agriculture, which could have a long-term impact on the food supply. He and other concerned farmers started the Agricultural Scholarship for students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree in agriculture and related sciences.


Judith A. Amor Nursing Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County having graduated from any high school serving La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate bachelor, graduate, or doctoral degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be currently enrolled and have earned admittance to the School of Nursing. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Judy Amor’s passion for nursing was evident in her career spanning five decades: working as an R.N. at Holy Family and La Porte Hospitals, serving as facility director for a nursing home, and providing in-home care. Judy’s son, Matt, and his wife, Maria, created this fund to support students demonstrating her qualities of leadership, passion for patient care and patient rights, a good sense of humor, and ability to inspire teamwork and camaraderie.


Gustav J. & Elma A. Banzhaf Memorial Scholarship

Graduates of New Prairie High School pursuing a post-secondary certification or degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or educational institution. Recipients will demonstrate involvement/leadership in extra-curricular activities, such as sports, community service, &/or service to family.

The Gustav J. & Elma A. Banzhaf Memorial Scholarship was established to help graduates of New Prairie High School. The Banzhafs owned a farm in Rolling Prairie since the 1940s and were very active in their church and community. They left a great gift upon their death to help people they would never meet.


Bensz Family Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and current graduating seniors from Michigan City High School or Marquette High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be a first generation student &/or a member of a minority population group.

 

The Bensz family, long-time residents of La Porte County, wanted to help young people striving to achieve their dreams to improve their personal or family situations through higher education. This scholarship is awarded to those who will make the most of the opportunity by “giving back” or by becoming a role model for others to follow.


Lloyd G. & Betty Jane Clayton Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from a Purdue University campus. Applicants must have completed at least one year of degree program and be enrolled as full-time students. Preferences: Residents of Pleasant or Scipio Township with a farm background &/or 4-H experience.

 

Lloyd and Betty Jane Clayton raised their family in the beautiful farmlands of La Porte County. They shared a passion for education. Lloyd was the valedictorian of his high school and later became a successful farmer, but had been unable to attend college. Betty Jane graduated from Purdue University and became a teacher. Their family created the Lloyd G. & Betty Jane Clayton Scholarship to help La Porte High School graduates achieve their dream of earning a Purdue University degree.


William Vernon Compton Scholarship

Graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing. Preferences: applicants who have played on the La Porte High School baseball team &/or who have been admitted to the University of Michigan.

Mr. William Compton and his wife Katherine were long-time residents of La Porte. Mr. Compton played varsity baseball for La Porte High School and the University of Michigan. The Comptons established the William Vernon Compton Scholarship for La Porte High School students who are dedicated to furthering their education and who are most likely to succeed in their chosen field.


Cunningham Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County Council’s 2nd District having graduated from a public high school and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Earl and Faye Cunningham were teachers in the Michigan City Area Schools for 60 collective years. After retirement, Earl became an elected official and generously chose to utilize any pay raises he received while in office as scholarships for students in the La Porte County Council’s 2nd District.


Anne H. Daley Youth Service Bureau Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and current graduating seniors of Westville High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference for students intending to study social or political sciences with a desire to work with youth &/or better the community. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Anne Daley was an active community leader in La Porte County. Many knew Anne through her numerous years as County Recorder, her deep commitment to County Council work, and to many other community and national organizations. Anne was especially dedicated to youth and decided to create this scholarship while serving on the board of the Youth Service Bureau. Mrs. Daley wanted to help La Porte County graduating seniors who enter the field of social or political science, with a desire to work with youth, or to better the community.


Ernest & Mildred Delco Scholarship

 

La Porte County resident pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university.  Applicants must have completed at least one year of a degree program and have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 

The Ernest & Mildred Delco Scholarship was developed to honor Ernest and Mildred Delco, owners of Delco Plumbing in Michigan City, and proud parents of four children. This scholarship will continue to support hard working and dedicated students in their educational endeavors for generations to come.

 


Carley Dickard Memorial Scholarship

Current graduating high school seniors residing in La Porte or Porter County pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university.  Applicants must be a female student athlete and have  a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Carley Dickard was an outstanding sophomore at La Porte High School who lived 16 short years as a student-athlete, musician, loving daughter, and loyal friend. She was driven to be her best and became an inspiration to others. The Carley Dickard Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a La Porte or Porter County female student-athlete who most exemplifies commitment to becoming the best she can be.

 


La Porte County E-Z  Riders Horse & Pony Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and current graduating seniors of any public or private school serving La Porte County including graduates of a home school program.
Applicants must be a five-year member of a 4-H Horse & Pony club, and a current member of La Porte County E-Z Riders. The other four years can come from any sanctioned 4-H Horse and Pony club and does not need to be consecutive years. Applicants must be in good academic standing and pursuing a certification or undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or trade school. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Being a member of a 4-H club takes considerable time, effort and commitment.  La Porte County E-Z Riders Horse & Pony Scholarship was established in 2013 to recognize students’ dedication to working with and showing horses and ponies through local 4-H clubs.  This scholarship is a show of support for members striving to advance their education.

 


Galena Township Scholarship

 

Residents of La Porte County Galena Township pursing a certification, undergraduate, or graduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university or educational institution. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

The Township Trustees were looking for a good use of some of the funds generated from the sale of Galena Township School. In 2012, the Trustee and the Advisory council decided that helping residents in advancing their education past high school would be helpful and the scholarship was established. Candidates are chosen most likely to succeed in their area of study.


James A. & Phyllis A. Garwood Memorial Music Scholarship

 

Residents of La Porte County having graduated from any high school serving La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in music performance, music education or related music area. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

It started with the first date…He left her on a park bench, while he played a summer concert. For Jim and Phyllis Garwood, farming was their life and music was a passion. Jim played the trumpet for 70 years. Phyllis was raised in a family of music and shared her gift of a beautiful voice. In their lifetimes, there were countless band and orchestra concerts, church choir performances, pit orchestras, and other performances they participated in or enjoyed from the audience. Education was of highest priority to the family, and to honor this amazing couple the James and Phyllis Garwood Memorial Music Scholarship has been established to support students whose musical future will influence not only their own life, but the life of others.


Hensley Legal Group Scholarship Program

Graduates of New Prairie High School pursuing a post-secondary certification or degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or educational institution. More information about the scholarship can be found here.

Since it opened in 1998, community service has been a top priority for those at Hensley Legal Group, PC. Serving others is part of their core mission, and they strive to serve outside of the courtroom in the daily lives of their neighbors. With this scholarship program, they hope to help the young people of Indiana improve their lives with a quality college education and to fill the state with a college-educated workforce that’s as eager and able to give back to Indiana as they are.


Ruth M. Howe Nursing Scholarship

 

Residents of La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate nursing degree for the Registered Nurse designation; preferably a bachelor degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have a mimimum cumulative of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Ruth Howe possessed three fundamental qualities: A strong devotion for nursing, a commitment to the community, and empathy for others. Ruth’s family established the Ruth M. Howe Nursing Scholarship to honor students who emulate Mrs. Howe’s qualities.


Ingersoll Trust Scholarship

 

Graduates of La Porte High School pursuing a certification or undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or educational institution.

The Ingersoll Trust Scholarship was established in honor and memory of Rear Admiral Royal Rodney Ingersoll, Admiral Royal Eason Ingersoll and Lt. Royal Rodney Ingersoll II, to benefit deserving graduates of La Porte High School pursuing a college education.


Dr. King S. Jones Memorial Scholarship

 

Residents of the Michigan City Area School District having graduated from Michigan City High School or Marquette High School pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctorate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing and intend to pursue a degree in a medically allied field. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

The Dr. King S. Jones Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Dr. Jones, an African American who served the medical and charitable needs of the community for more than 50 years. Dr. Jones desired to help students enter the medical profession.


Arthur & Alice Kabelin Scholarship

 

Graduates of La Porte High School currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing and demonstrate involvement in extra-curricular activities, community service, service to family, and leadership.

Arthur and Alice Kabelin were always actively involved in church and the community. Their love of education and La Porte County schools led to the establishment of the Arthur & Alice Kabelin Scholarship through Unity Foundation.


K.A.T. Volunteer Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and have volunteered at a facility, such as a hospital or nursing home, that serves the elderly or infirm.

Kenneth Adam Tobar was a dedicated volunteer at IU Health La Porte Hospital for 15 years. During the last 3 years of his life he spent months at the hospital. The fund was created in his honor and to inspire people to become caring volunteers. The K.A.T. Volunteer Scholarship rewards La Porte High School graduates who have volunteered at a facility that serves the elderly or infirm and who strive to earn their college degree.


Robert E. LeRoy Scholarship

Graduates and Varsity Letter recipients in the tennis program of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of degree program. Applicants DO NOT have to be participating in tennis in college. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Robert E. LeRoy was a beloved La Porte High School tennis coach serving students from 1966-1989. He was named Indiana Coach of the year in 1979 and 1989. TheRobert E. LeRoy Scholarship helps students who have lettered in the La Porte High School tennis program, even if they are not playing collegiate tennis.


Marilouise Lundgren Lossing Memorial Scholarship

Graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of degree program. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Marilouise Lundgren Lossing was born and raised in La Porte. After moving to Virginia, Mrs. Lundgren Lossing never forgot her hometown and La Porte High School. Upon her passing, she established the Marilouise Lundgren Lossing Memorial Scholarship to help fellow La Porte High School graduates she would never know.


Jack Lubeznik Scholarship

Graduates of Michigan City High School or Marquette High School pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Shirley Lubeznik established the Jack Lubeznik Scholarship in honor of her husband. Jack Lubeznik was the founder of the first McDonald’s Restaurant in Michigan City and a supporter of many organizations and individuals. In memory of his belief in this community, this scholarship is awarded to graduates from the public and parochial schools of Michigan City.


Robert L. Ludington and Anita Huppenthal Ludington Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County pursuing a post-secondary education. Preferences: U.S Veterans, adults re-entering the education system, and those striving to gain specific training or credentials to improve career opportunities.

Robert and Anita Ludington embodied the “American Dream.” After his first tour with the U.S Navy, Robert was able to get a two-year degree that led to a job at Pullman-Standard where he filed his first patent in 1958 for a simplified process to replace rail car brakes. Robert never stopped being curious and learning. He continued his education at multiple schools including Notre Dame and Purdue University. When Anita decided to return to school for an education degree after twelve years absence, Robert was her biggest cheerleader!  Both Robert and Anita believed that learning was the greatest gift you could give or receive and that Knowledge is Freedom!


Terence Metcalf Memorial Scholarship

Graduate of a high school serving La Porte County pursuing a certificate or undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or educational institution. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. between 2.5 and 3.5 on 4.0 scale and demonstrate community involvement.

Terence C. Metcalf had an adventurous spirit and a giving heart.  His hands never hesitated to help family, friends, church or community.  His adventurous spirit led Terence to many volunteer activities from IU Health La Porte Hospital to the YMCA, his church, his school and, of course, from his family to his friends.  Terence’s spirit lives on to help others through the Terence Metcalf Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who will make the most of the scholarship to improve their lives through education.


Dr. Edwin C. & Alice J. Mueller Scholarship

Graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Dr. Edwin and Alice Mueller created this generous scholarship to encourage active involvement in community affairs and to help La Porte students advance their education. Students earning the Dr. Edwin C. & Alice J. Mueller Scholarship are seen as most likely to be successful in college and their chosen field.


La Porte County Nursing Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County pursuing a certification, undergraduate, or graduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must intend to pursue a certification or degree in the field of nursing. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

 

The La Porte County Nursing Scholarship was created by an anonymous donor who once needed help to attend college and wants to help others, just as they were helped. It is awarded to hard working students who plan to pursue a career in the admirable field of nursing.


Pioneer Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County having graduated from any high school serving La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be a first generation college student &/or a member of a minority population group.

 

The Pioneer Scholarship was established by Isabelle Peterson, a woman absolutely passionate about the value of education and desiring to make the world a better place. It supports individuals with a “pioneering” attitude who are willing to reach out to achieve dreams and give back to the La Porte County community or anywhere else in the world.


Robert A. & Dorothy W. Rocke Scholarship

Graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation).

 

Dr. and Mrs. Rocke were among the first to establish a scholarship with Unity Foundation. In 1995, they started the Robert A. & Dorothy W. Rocke Scholarship to support La Porte High School students who, above all else, possess a strong desire to suceed.
Dr. Rocke was founder of Kesling and Rocke Orthodontics and was a pioneer in his field. Robert and Dorothy Rocke were strong community supporters.


Donald F. Scott Motivational Scholarship

Graduates of Michigan City High School or Marquette Catholic High School pursuing a technical certification or undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college, university, or educational institution. Applicants must be in good academic standing and be a first generation college student &/or a member of a minority population group.

 

Mr. Donald F. Scott, with the help of the late Ed Lysaught, CPA, established the Donald F. Scott Motivational Scholarship for students who show a strong drive, and have the guts to finish what they start. Mr. Scott lifted himself up to become a successful businessman and was a mentor to many. Mr. Scott wants to reward those who are highly motivated to get a college degree by increasing the amount of the scholarship with each passing year as students demonstrate persistence and motivation.


Floyd O. & Betty Shunk Scholarship

Graduates of Westville High School or La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have completed at least one year of their degree program and have been enrolled as a college student since high school graduation. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Preference for, but not limited to, applicants majoring in math &/or computer education.

 

Mrs. Betty Shunk was one of the first to establish a scholarship fund with Unity Foundation. In memory of her husband, she established the Floyd O. & Betty L. Shunk Scholarship to assist La Porte and Westville High School students. Mrs. Shunk did this because she wishes to give La Porte County students opportunities that she did not have.


Irvin E. Swanson Scholarship

La Porte County residents and graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate bachelor degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good  academic standing and demonstrate involvement/leadership in extra-curricular activities (sports, community service, service to family, etc.). Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Mrs. Peg Swanson and her children established this scholarship fund in Irvin Swanson’s memory. Both Mr. and Mrs. Swanson were helped as young people and this is their way of repaying that generous help. The Irvin E. Swanson Scholarship is awarded to hard working students who are involved in their community and are willing to step up and take on a leadership role.


Tanber-Blair Golf Scholarship

Current graduating seniors of any high school serving La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have participated on a high school golf team for four years.

Two exceptional La Porte County golfers are commemorated by The Tanber-Blair Golf Scholarship Fund. Larry Tanber is an outstanding amateur golfer who spent most of his life promoting and playing golf with many of the great names in amateur and professional ranks. He also introduced and mentored many young people in the game, several of whom were or are active in the PGA. Bob Blair’s love of golf and dedication to young people is legendary. On September 16th, 2001, Bob lost his battle with cancer. Prior to that time, hundreds got to know Bob around the golf course, and thousands of young people were helped and positively influenced through his role as Sheriff.


John R. & Florene A. Troyer Scholarship

Residents of the Michigan City Area School District pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing and intend to pursue a degree in education or performing arts. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

John and Florene Troyer are lifelong educators who established this scholarship for Michigan City graduates who are most likely to succeed in their area of study. The John R. & Florene A. Troyer Scholarship is awarded to students who show the desire and willingness to help others.


Unity Foundation County-Wide Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants Recipients must be in good academic standing and will demonstrate a desire to benefit themselves & others through education. Recipients must enroll as a full-time student.

This scholarship was established to assist La Porte County residents with the pursuit of higher education and the realization of dreams. This scholarship exists because of the generous contributions of many caring people.


D.I. Walker Scholarship

Residents of La Porte County and graduates of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university.  Applicants must have participated in at least one Speech/Debate or Advanced Speech Program at La Porte High School and have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

D.I. Walker was a dedicated mother, who inspired in her children the value of a college education, as early as pre-school age. The D.I. Walker Scholarship, established to honor her gifts and memory, is awarded to a La Porte High School senior who has participated in a LPHS Speech/Debate or Advanced Speech Program and has maintained a cumulative 3.5 GPA or higher.


Arlo & Jayne Westphal Memorial Scholarship

Current graduating seniors of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must be in good academic standing and intend to pursue a degree in music/theater, education, or public administration, government, or community service. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Arlo Westphal was a beloved Assistant Principal at La Porte High School for 20 years, and served 15 years before that as a much respected civics teacher and counselor. Jayne Westphal worked 30 years in the La Porte School System teaching elementary music and was also universally admired for her dedication and enthusiasm. Both Mr. and Mrs. Westphal demonstrated great civic involvement and presence in the community. The Arlo & Jayne Westphal Memorial Scholarship was started to help graduating La Porte High School seniors who demonstrate talent and promise in music and/or theater plus a commitment to public, governmental and community service.


Robert J. Hiler Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships for natural or legally adopted children of a Hiler Industries employee. Employee must have worked for Hiler Industries for at least one (1) year.  Applicants must be in good academic standing and be pursuing an undergraduate bachelor degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university.  Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Robert J. Hiler was a successful businessman and beloved husband and father to his family. His family established a scholarship in his memory in 1993, shortly after his passing. The family has a strong passion for education beyond high school and continues to support those attending college.


Kabelin Family Scholarship

Current graduating seniors who have a blood- or marriage-related parent or grandparent employed at Kabelin Ace Hardware for a minimum of two years OR have themselves worked at Kabelin Ace Hardware for a minimum of one year.  Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate achievement based on academics, extra-curricular activities, community involvement, and employment history.

The Kabelin Family has maintained a family business for four generations. The family values the ‘gift of work’ and encourages young people to seek, obtain and hold jobs while going to school. It is the desire of the Kabelin family to support working students who wish to further their education beyond high school.


Kelly-Prentiss Scholarship

Current or former residents of La Porte County having graduated from a high school serving La Porte County. Applicants must be completing their third year of education at an accredited medical or osteopathic school.

Nearly 40 years ago, Ruth May Prentiss set up the Kelly-Prentiss Scholarship for students who completed their third year of medical school and need financial help to become medical professionals. The fund memorializes Ruth, her husband Delbert, and her parents William T. and Lottie Kelly.


Diane K. Bamberth Memorial Award

*Nominated Award

 

Current graduating seniors of La Porte High School pursuing an undergraduate bachelor degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university. Applicants will demonstrate the courage and character of Diane Kay Bamberth through community service, leadership, humility, courage, tenacity, and has exhibited strength through diversity, and a strong moral fiber. Recipients must enroll as full-time students.

Diane Kay Bamberth was an inspiration to everyone around her. She was a devoted wife, mother and friend. She was dedicated to community service and local events until the final days of her life. Diane passed away on May 18, 1998 after a long battle with cancer. In loving memory, the Diane Kay Bamberth Memorial Fund was established. This nomination award will be granted to a young person who exemplifies humility, tenacity, and strength of character during adversity.

 


Jan Nona Environmental Stewardship Award

*Nominated Award

 

Residents of La Porte or Porter County having demonstrated success in moving beyond ordinary citizenship to activist in the area of environmental protection.

This award was created to honor the spirit, tenacity, and zeal of Jan Nona, an ordinary senior citizen who was inspired to act on behalf of her neighbors. Upon the discovery that the local shallow aquifer, which was the source of drinking water for the Town of Pines, had been poisoned by coal combustion waste (CCW). Ms. Nona worked relentlessly to help her neighbors. She inspired other residents to join her and demanded accountability by local, state and federal officials. The result was voluntary funding by “potentially responsible parties” to provide most homeowners with municipal water from nearby Michigan City.
The primary purpose of the Jan Nona Environmental Stewardship Award is to honor “students” or “teachers inspiring students” in the Michigan City area, who move beyond being an ordinary citizen and become involved in environmental issues in the community.