A new scholarship in memory of beloved Administrative Assistant Bobbie Brands at BHS will join two existing scholarships.
BHS Graduate/Former Administrative Assistant Bobbie Brandes. Submitted photo.
(Batesville, Indiana) — A new scholarship in memory of Batesville High School (BHS) Administrative Assistant Bobbie Brandes will join two existing scholarships to be awarded by the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) in 2022, BCEF Executive Director Ann Wilson announced. . The total BCEF Student Scholarship awards will total just under $30,000 this year.
“When Ms Brandes passed away last year, her family worked with BCEF to create two new funds in her memory,” Wilson explained. “The first, the Brandes Legacy Fund, which increases our regular budget during the school year to award scholarships that impact a large number of Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) students. The second, the Bobbie Brandes Memorial Scholarship Fund, is dedicated to helping one graduate of BHS annually with a university scholarship. 2022 marks the first time we will award a scholarship from this new fund.”
BHS graduates in the top 15% of the class qualify for a Brandes Scholarship. Special consideration will be given to those applicants who meet any of the following criteria: are first generation associated with a college; have demonstrated leadership in school organizations or sports teams; They are pursuing a career in education or have demonstrated civic and community involvement. A scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded.
In addition to the Brandes Scholarship, the Mary C.Horstman Scholarship will be awarded again this year. As in previous years, the Horstmann Scholarship is available to any BHS graduate pursuing any type of further education, including trade school. Horstmann applicants who have a connection to agriculture or are pursuing a trade will receive special attention but selection is not guaranteed. Three scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded.
“Besides announcing the Brands Scholarship, BCEF is also pleased to share that we are expanding the total amount awarded for the James E. Fritsch Scholarship,” Wilson said. “This year, we will be awarding five $5,000 scholarships instead of three, as in previous years. While the criteria to be selected remain the same, the number of affected students nearly doubles. It is a great opportunity for BHS students to significantly reduce college costs.”
The Fritsch Scholarship requires applicants to be in the top 15% of the BHS category for 2022.
The BCEF general application, instructions and details regarding all scholarships can be found on the organization’s website at http://batesvilleeducationfoundation.org/programs/scholarships/. Scholarship applications are due to the Foundation no later than 4:00 PM on March 1. Questions can be directed to Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.