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The Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholars Program

The Salvation Army Indiana Division addresses unmet human needs every day.  Our Pathway of Hope initiative helps highly motivated families set goals that can help them break the cycle of generational poverty.  Often these goals include educational objectives.  We believe that in today's economy, a college education is essential to maximizing financial independence in families.  On virtually every measure of well-being and career attainment, those with such an education fare better than those without.  In fact, a college education can alter the whole trajectory of a life, a family, and a community.

The Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholars Program has been created for these very reasons.  These scholarships will provide financial assistance to hard working individuals seeking to be the first in their families to graduate from college.  These promising students will no longer be spectators, but will become achiever who can, in turn, advise and encourage others to follow their dreams as well. 

The initial eligibility requirement is first generation college status, but the application process also takes into account need, prior academic success, demonstrated commitment to overcoming barriers, and insight into the long-term benefit of degree attainment for the student, the family, and the community. 

Our scholarships

The Steven L. Gould First Generation Hope Scholars Memorial Fund – These scholarships are provided in memory of Steve Gould, who lived abundantly and left us too soon.  Four $500 scholarships will be awarded.

The Louis W. and Pamela A. Venema Scholarship – The Louis W. and Pamela A. Venema Scholarship has been provided by the Venemas as a way to give first generation students a hand up with the hope for a brighter future. It is also intended to help promote STEM field scholars.  This $1,000 scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years.

The Mary Frances Rubly and Jerry Hummer “All Things Are Possible” Scholarship – This scholarship is provided by Mary Frances Rubly and her son, Jerry Hummer, and their desire to encourage young people to succeed and improve themselves, get an education, and know that their dreams are possible,  One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded, with the option to reapply for up to three additional years.  Mary Frances Rubly is the Charter Donor of the First Generation Hope Scholars Program. 

The Mary Frances Rubly and Jerry Hummer "More Things Are Possible" Scholarship – This scholarship award of the evening has also been provided by Mary Frances and her son, Jerry. The $1,000 Mary Frances Rubly and Jerry Hummer “More Things Are Possible” Scholarship is being offered for the first time in 2019 and is renewable for up to three additional years.

The Miller Scholarship – The Tom Miller Scholarship is new in 2019. It is a one-time $5,000 award for a deserving student who has dreams of graduating with a college degree.

High School Counselors can obtain applications and further information by contacting Ms. Kim Ketring at (317) 224-1028.  Schools may only submit one candidate each year. 

For more information contact:

The Salvation Army Indiana Division

6060 Castleway West Drive.

Indianapolis, Indiana 46250