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Greater Clark County Schools is proud to have the Greater Clark County Schools Educational Foundation.  The Foundation was created in 1999 to enrich and supplement the educational opportunities afforded to students in Greater Clark schools.  The mission shall be accomplished through student scholarships, grants for teachers for innovative and creative classroom or educational activities, and enhancement of the corporation’s performing arts program.

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Foundation Board Members

Foundation Board Members

Board of Directors

Catie Wheatley
Executive Director

Eric Ballenger
Chairman

Vickie Boisseau
Vice-Chairman

Melissa DeArk
Secretary

Kevin Boehnlein

Bill Burns

Robert Campbell

Jay Conner

Welby Edwards

Pat Harrison

Jimmy Hostetler

David Lewis

Debra Meyer

Martin Padgett

Paul Perkins

Ned Pfau

Keith Pulliam

Foundation Liaison

Foundation Liaison

Catie Wheatley

Executive Director
Greater Clark County Schools Educational Foundation
(812) 288-4802 ext. 50600

ACT Testing Initiative

Greater Clark County Schools has launched a program this school year to better prepare students for college and career life. Supported by the GCCS Educational Foundation, Greater Clark County Schools will administer an ACT test to students beginning in sixth-grade.

The greatest gift to a student is to providea high score on the ACT or SAT tests, to then provide the highest possibility of access to college. A high score ensures the student entrance to the college of their choice and possible scholarships. ACT has developed a series of tests that predicates college success and provides comparison statistics to assit students in course work to improve their changes for the highest ACT score.

For this reason, the GCCS Educational Foundation would like community support to fund Gretaer Clark County Schools “through-line” assessment of Greater Clark students. This assessment system creates an opportunity for students and teachers to know how each student is progressing toward college readiness starting at the sixth-grade.

 

Scholarships

The GCCS Educational Foundation awards four different scholarships each year to graduating seniors. Please select a scholarship application from the list to the left of the page.

If you have questions about the scholarships, please contact the GCCS Educational Foundation Liaison Erin Bojorquez at (812) 288-4802 ext. 325.

Dr. David M. Pulliam Superintendent's Scholarship

Dr. David M. Pulliam Superintendent's Scholarship

History
This Scholarship is given in memory of Dr. David M. Pulliam who served as the Superintendent of Schools for the Greater Clark County School Corporation from 1995 until his retirement in June 2003. Dr. Pulliam was instrumental in the formation of the GCCS Educational Foundation. This Foundation awards monies to eligible Greater Clark students for college tuition assistance and provides funds for teacher mini-grants and student cultural development activities. Dr. Pulliam passed away on February 1, 2004.This scholarship will be awarded for the first time to three members of the Greater Clark County School Corporation’s Class of 2004. One student from each of Greater Clark’s three high schools (Charlestown High School, Jeffersonville High School, and New Washington High School) will receive $1,000 in scholarship assistance.QualificationsApplicants who can demonstrate the following criteria will be given additional credit in the scoring of the applications for this scholarship award.

  1. Financial Need
  2. Career Goal: Degree in Education
  3. College attending: Indiana University Southeast or Indiana State-Supported School
  4. Academic Achievement
  5. Child of current or former educator or first person in immediate family to attend college
  6. Extra-curricular activities involving community service

Payment

The scholarship amount will be provided in the following manner:

  • $500 will be paid to the college the student will attend at the time of enrollment.
  • $500 will be paid to the college the student attends at the time that the student provides proof that he/she has been accepted into the college’s School of Education.

Scholarship Application
Click here to download an application -or- Scholarship applications are available at the GCCS Administration Building or the high schools’ counseling offices.

Please complete and return your completed application by the deadline indicated above to:
Greater Clark Educational Foundation
Attn: Erin Bojorquez – Educational Foundation Liaison
2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Questions about the application should be directed to: Erin Bojorquez at (812) 283-0701.

Gladys Blankenbeker Memorial Scholarship

Gladys Blankenbeker Memorial Scholarship

Personal HistoryGladys A. (Stemler) Blankenbeker, a life-long resident of Jeffersonville, Indiana, taught school in the Greater Clark County School Corporation for 24 years. Ms. Blankenbeker was born February 16, 1910 in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1928; attended Central Normal College (now known as Indiana State University) with a two year teaching degree in 1932. She taught school for two years before she married Howard R. Blankenbeker on February 11, 1934. She had six children and stayed home to raise them over the next several years. In 1951, she returned to college and graduated in 1956 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Southeast. Ms. Blankenbeker began teaching in the Greater Clark County School Corporation in 1953, received her Master’s Degree in Education in 1961, and retired in 1976. Throughout her life she had a passion for poetry and a gift for writing in poetic style. After retirement, she traveled to all seven continents in the world and chronicled her trips through poems and rhythmic travelogues. In 1998, at the age of 88 she met and married Ray Roggenkamp and honeymooned in Africa. Ms. Blankenbeker was 94 years old at the time of her death on July 16, 2004 and was survived by her husband, 5 children, a step-daughter, 23 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren and was dearly beloved by all.History of Scholarship
In 2006, the Blankenbeker family asked the Greater Clark Educational Foundation for permission to establish the Gladys A. (Stemler) Blankenbeker Memorial Scholarship. The family’s goal in establishing this scholarship is to encourage graduating seniors in Greater Clark to become elementary or secondary English teachers, to focus their talents on writing and poetry, and to share that passion with children.Amount of Scholarship
$500.00 non-renewable scholarship payable during the first year of college. The scholarship is to be used to pay college expenses at any accredited college or university the student attends. The selection committee reserves the right not to award a scholarship in any year when the quality of the applications received does not meet the qualifications set out herein.Who is eligible to apply?

  • Any senior in good academic standing at a Greater Clark County high school pursuing a degree and a career goal of becoming an elementary teacher or a secondary English teacher may apply.
  • The student must display a gift of and passion for teaching poetry.

Qualifications

    1. The student must be in good academic standing.
    2. The student must show evidence of extra-curricular activities involving community services.
    3. The student must provide two letters of recommendation: one from a school employee and one from a non-relative or community member.
    4. The student must submit a 250 word essay on his/her reasons for entering the teaching profession; and
    5. The student must display a gift of and passion for teaching poetry by submitting a poem on a topic of the student’s choice.
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Term of Scholarship
Provided that the Greater Clark Educational Foundation is in operation and there are sufficient funds on deposit with the Greater Clark Educational Foundation on or before January 31 of an award year, the Gladys A. (Stemler) Blankenbeker Scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior beginning with the Class of 2007 and continuing until 2026. The term of scholarship may be extended dependent upon the wishes of the family and resources available. A meeting will be held in April of 2023 with the Greater Clark Educational Foundation and the Blankenbeker family’s representatives to decide if the scholarship will continue. In the event that the foundation’s operation terminates prior to the ending date set out herein or the scholarship term is not extended, any money on deposit with the educational foundation will become the property of the Greater Clark County School Corporation to be used for educational purposes.

Payment of Scholarship
The $500.00 will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s college/university within 10 days of receipt of proof of enrollment from the recipient.

Renewal
The Gladys A. (Stemler) Blankenbeker Memorial scholarship may not be renewed. It is a one-time scholarship award.

Scholarship Application
Click here to download an application -or- Scholarship applications are available at the GCCS Administration Building or the high schools’ counseling offices.

Please complete and return your completed application to:
Greater Clark Educational Foundation
Attn: Erin Bojorquez – Educational Foundation Liaison
2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

Questions about the application should be directed to: Erin Bojorquez at (812) 283-0701.

JHS Class of 1943 Scholarship

JHS Class of 1943 Scholarship

The Jeffersonville High School Class of 1943 has established a scholarship fund through the Greater Clark County Schools Educational Foundation. The JHS Class of ’43 is awarding a $1,000 scholarship to a JHS senior for the 2009-2010 school year. Applications will be reviewed by the JHS Scholarship Review Committee and the scholarship award will be based on academic excellence and financial need. The Review Committee is a selection of teachers who will review the scholarship applications. Upon providing proof of registration to the Greater Clark County School Educational Foundation, scholarship monies will be paid to the institution the student will be attending the first semester of his/her freshman year.

Click here to download an application.

Paula Frakes-Williams Memorial Scholarship

Paula Frakes-Williams Memorial Scholarship

Application Criteria 

  1. Applicants must be a current Jeffersonville High School student. Must have attended Jeffersonville High School for two of four years.
  2. 3.0 G.P.A. in academically challenging classes.
  3. Community Services/Extracurricular Activities
  4. Financial Need
  5. Paragraph to explain why student would use the scholarship and why he/she should be the recipient.

Click here to download an application.

Teacher Grants

Educational Foundation Grant Guidelines

The goal of the GCCS Educational Foundation Grant Awards Program is to encourage teachers to provide innovative and creative classroom activities and support the corporation’s performing arts program.

The Foundation has established the following priorities of the Grants Program:

  • Programs are designed to enrich the experience of students.
  • Pilot programs that, if successful, can be replicated for other schools in the corporation.

Certified staff members of Greater Clark County Schools are eligible to submit a proposal for grants.

Grants funds may not be used for individuals to earn extra credit in credit college courses. In addition, grant funds may not be used for equipment purchases or field trips unless necessary to carry out the purpose of the project.

Grant Requirements

  1. Grants will be awarded for programs or projects that are designed to improve the educational experiences of Greater Clark students.
  2. The project must enhance the students’ learning experiences in one or more subject areas (language arts, math, science, social studies, related arts, etc.).
  3. The project should be well organized with clearly defined activities and a timetable for the project start and finish.
  4. The application must include a plan for evaluation of the completed project.

Budget Requirements

  1. Include all expenses that will be covered by grant funds. Categories may include guest speakers, consultants and special materials that cannot be covered with regular Greater Clark funds.
  2. Please list any additional funding the project will receive or could possibly receive from other sources.
  3. Grants should not exceed the amount of $500, unless agreed upon and voted on by the Educational Foundation board.

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