***Submission Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020***
Gladys 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.
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.
$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.
- 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.
- The student must be in good academic standing.
- The student must show evidence of extra-curricular activities involving community services.
- The student must provide two letters of recommendation: one from a school employee and one from a non-relative or community member.
- The student must submit a 250 word essay on his/her reasons for entering the teaching profession; and
- The student must display a gift of and passion for teaching poetry by submitting a poem on a topic of the student’s choice.
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.
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.
The Gladys A. (Stemler) Blankenbeker Memorial scholarship may not be renewed. It is a one-time scholarship award.
Scholarship applications are available at the GCCS Administration Building or the high schools’ counseling offices.
Please sent two letters of recommendation – one from a school employee and one from a non-related community member as well as a copy of high-school transcripts to:
Greater Clark Educational Foundation
Attn: Emily Oliver-Jones
2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd.
Jeffersonville, IN 47130
Questions about the application should be directed to (812) 288-4802 ext. 50600.