Types of Scholarships

Donald Wolber graduated from Brookville High School in 1961 and from Purdue University in 1965 receiving a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Following college Donald Wolber became a First Lieutenant and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He was working towards becoming an astronaut. On April 20, 1967, the jet he was flying crashed and Lt. Wolber was killed.

The Donald Wolber Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory. Consideration is given to academic achievement, character, dependability, and personality.

To qualify for consideration for the award of this scholarship from The Brookville Foundation, the female student/athlete shall be nominated by her High School Coach or the Athletic Director of the Franklin County High School, and the determination of the student selected to receive this scholarship shall be made from those nominees by The Brookville Foundation.

Additional criteria for the award of said scholarship shall be that said student/athlete must have demonstrated, through her high school career, a positive attitude and strong work ethic, and shall have demonstrated an aptitude to succeed academically at the college level.

On June 28, 1992, our community was stunned by the tragic death of James Runyon. James was a bright, promising student of the community whose reputation for hard work and dedication set an example for other young persons to follow. James had planned to attend Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana to pursue the study of Biology.

This scholarship is awarded to a student from Franklin County whose grades, work ethic, and community involvement best follow the example for work and dedication established by James.

On November 20, 1996 Jennifer Suzanne Brown, daughter of Roger K. Brown and Elizabeth S. Brown of Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana died in an automobile accident, leaving Franklin County High School, where she was enrolled as a sophomore. During high school, Jennifer was an active member of the Spanish Club, Yearbook Staff, Future Business Leaders of America, Soccer, Manger of the girls’ basketball team, and on the Honor Roll.

John E. Lane was an educator in Franklin County for 30 years. Throughout his time as an educator, he was a teacher, coach, and administrator at Whitewater High School, as well as Brookville High School. He developed high interests in extra-curricular activities, as well as academics. John E. Lane passed away on February 5, 1986.

The John E. Lane scholarship is an award for academic excellence and extra-curricular activities which includes organizations, clubs, music, and sports.

On December 2, 1981, at the age of 97, Miss Hannah M. Popper, last surviving Franklin County member of the Popper Family, passed away. Miss Popper’s father had come to this area and to his liking, he established The Popper store in Brookville in 1878.

Miss Popper taught in the Franklin County Schools for some 35 years and retired in the late 1940’s. Throughout her life, she maintained an interest in the children of the community and decided that upon her death she would make provisions for a lasting memorial to her family.

The recipient of this award must have personal traits of high character, dependability, academic achievement and potential for future development.

Richard and Helen Maley, former residents of Franklin County, established a scholarship with the Brookville Foundation to be awarded to a student from Franklin County who hopes to continue his/her education in an institute of higher learning. Consideration in awarding such scholarship would be given to a student who has elected to pursue a degree in nursing.

The scholarship shall be awarded to the person adjudged most likely to succeed giving consideration to academic achievement, character, dependability, and personality.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Humig were well known residents of the Cedar Grove community in Franklin County and were always interested in the children of the Franklin County Community Schools.

The scholarship is given to a person to be selected after giving consideration to character, dependability, academic achievement, and potential for future development and need.

Lucille Ernst was the daughter of the late George and Ora Ernst of Louisville, Kentucky. She graduated form Louisville Girls School and Eastern Kentucky University, and later received her Masters Degree from Ball State University. She taught at the former Lew Wallace School and finished her career at the Brookville Elementary School in 1992 after having taught in Brookville for 35 years.

The Lucille M. Ernst Scholarship Fund was established. The income from the Fund will be paid annually as a scholarship award to a graduating senior from Franklin County High School, has been accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue a course of learning to a degree in elementary education. The Lucille M. Ernst Scholarship Committee will select the person receiving the scholarship.

The Saxon-Robbins Scholarship Fund has been established through The Brookville Foundation by Kenneth E. Saxon and Marita Robbins Saxon in memory of their parents Herbert L. Saxon, Lillie E. Shuman Saxon, Robert J. Robbins, and Mary F. Howie Robbins. The intent of the scholarship fund is to continue the cherished values of faith, family, community, and education held by the Saxon family and the Robbins family. The fund will be used to generate a general scholarship to be awarded annually when distributable income is available and a qualified applicant is present.

The scholarship will provide assistance to a qualified student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education at a duly accredited college or university. For an individual to qualify for this scholarship the beneficiary shall:

  1. Be a graduate of St. Michael’s School in Brookville, Indiana;
  2. Be a male or female of high academic and moral standards who has graduated from Franklin County High School; and
  3. Be accepted as a full-time student in a duly accredited college or university pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education.

The recipient shall be selected at a time chosen at The Brookville Foundation’s discretion and in a manner as determined by The Brookville Foundation.

The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, class materials and/or other educational expenses as allowed by The Brookville Foundation.

This annual scholarship fund was created in memory of James R. Hughes of Brookville. Jim attended Brookville High School where he was an excellent student and avid baseball player. After high school Jim obtain his teaching degree from Ball State University majoring in Biology. Jim was also a four-year letter winner in baseball for the Ball State Cardinals

In 1966 Jim was employed by Franklin County Community School Corporation. Where he taught Biology, served as a student sponsor and coached various varsity sports having a 46-year career in both teaching and coaching.

Jim was known in the community for his generosity, friendships and dedication. He put others before himself. In establishing this scholarship Jim’s family and friends wish to recognize his dedication to the students of Franklin County Community School Corporation.


  1. Be a graduating senior from Franklin County High School.
  2. The applicant must be accepted for enrollment in an accredited institution of higher learning to pursue a degree in Education.
  3. Consideration shall be given to character, dependability, academics accomplishments and the need of the applicant.

This Scholarship Fund was created in memory of James P. Mullin (1907-1997)

James P. Mullin was born and raised in Franklin County, Indiana. After undergraduate, graduate, and law school, he worked in the East (American Friends Society of Philadelphia) before moving back to Brookville to practice law in 1946.

He shared his love and knowledge of the county and its people with his wife and four daughters as he visited with people and traveled the many roads of the county.

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Mullin was a community leader serving on the Board of Trustees of The Brookville Foundation (which he founded in 1956), the Franklin County Historical Society (of which he served as president), the Indiana Civil Liberties Union and the Library Committee of the Indiana Historical Society

In establishing this scholarship Jim’s family and friends wish to recognize his commitment to serving his county and state.

Applicants to the James P. Mullin Memorial Scholarship fund must:

  1. Be a graduating senior from Franklin County High School.
  2. Demonstrate commitment to service learning by having prior experience volunteering and participating in community service.
  3.  Consideration shall be given to character, dependability, academic accomplishments and the need of the applicant