SBAA Scholarships

South Bend Alumni Association Scholarships are open to graduates of SBCSC high schools and children or grandchildren of SBAA members. Many of our scholarship recipients have overcome obstacles in their lives. They do not necessarily have the highest grades in their class, but they have been accepted to an institution of higher learning; have demonstrated both a willingness to work hard and a history of service; have a defined educational goal; and are in need of financial assistance. All SBAA scholarships are paid to the post-secondary school; no funds are awarded directly to an individual.

The South Bend Alumni Association encourages graduates and friends of education to support this scholarship program by making a contribution to the South Bend Alumni Association. If you are interested in establishing a named/endowed scholarship, please contact the Executive Director of the Alumni Association at

The following scholarships are funded through the annual TCU/Superintendent’s Golf Outing, the Alumni Association’s Plan2000 fund, an individual donation and a grant from the South Bend Press Club.

TCU/Superintendent’s Scholarships – One $4,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduate from each SBCSC high school (Adams, Clay, New Tech, Riley, Rise Up Academy and Washington). The scholarships are $1,000 per year for four years, providing the student maintains satisfactory grades and a full time status in an institute of higher education. Applications for this scholarship must be turned in to the Guidance Counselor’s Office at the high school and will be submitted to the Alumni Association through the school.

Jack M. Champaigne Scholarship – A $5,000 grant to a graduating SBCSC senior accepted to study at Purdue University South Bend or Purdue University West Lafayette.  This application should be sent to the Alumni Association office.

Alumni Endowed Scholarships – Up to three $1,000 one-time scholarships are awarded to a SBCSC graduating senior or to a graduate whose parent or grandparent is an active member of the South Bend Alumni Association. Application for this scholarship should be sent directly to the Alumni Association office.

Joseph S. Fragomeni Sr. Scholarship – A $1,000 grant awarded to a SBCSC graduating senior pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering or a related field. This application should be sent to the Alumni Association office.

Lauren Davis Scholarship – A $1,000 grant awarded to a SBCSC graduating senior who has been accepted to study at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. This application should be sent to the Alumni Association office.

Press Club Scholarship – A $500 one-time scholarship awarded to a SBCSC graduating senior, or to a graduate whose parent or grandparent is an active member of the SB Alumni Association, who will study journalism or mass communications. Application for this scholarship should be sent directly to the Alumni Association office.

Applicants for scholarships must submit a signed application form, an official high school transcript, a letter of recommendation, an essay, and a financial need form. Forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. All required materials must be submitted by Friday, April 17th.

Additional Financial Aid Opportunities have been underwritten by the Kurt and Tessye Simon Student Assistance Fund. For both of these grants a total distribution amount is determined annually, and once that pool is exhausted, no additional funds will be awarded that year.

Kurt & Tessye Simon Student Assistance Grants – Grants for up to $1,000 can be requested at any time. College students who are alumni of SBCSC high schools and in need of emergency or other types of financial assistance are eligible. A recipient may apply in successive years but is limited to a cumulative total award of $1,500. To apply for this grant, the student must send a letter to the Alumni Association explaining the need for funds and the amount requested. The applicant should include a document showing their academic performance, the name of their college, and the address of the Bursar’s Office where the check should be sent if an award is approved.

Second Chance Education Grants – Up to three $1,000 grants may be awarded each year to college students who are past recipients of Endowed, Fragomeni, Davis or Shields Scholarships. Recipients are limited to two Second Chance Grant awards during their four year enrollment. An applicant must send a letter to the Alumni Association requesting consideration of additional support. The student should include a document showing academic performance, the name of their college and address of the Bursar’s Office where the check should be sent if an award is approved. Grant requests are considered annually in the month of April.

Immediate family members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors are not eligible for these Scholarships


Click below to Download 2015 Application Forms

Scholarship applications and supporting materials must be submitted by Friday, April 17, 2015.

 2014 Scholarship & Grant Recipients

TCU-Superintendent’s Scholarships
Scholarships are worth $4,000 over four years

Kelsey Weber

KELSY L. WEBER, of Adams High School, has enrolled at Valparaiso University to study biology on a pre-med track. Her career goal is to become a pediatric doctor.  She is the daughter of  Kevin Weber and Debra Gosselin, both of South Bend.  


HANNAH C. BRANCHICK, of Clay High School, will be attending Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. She plans to pursue a degree in exercise science, then enter graduate school for a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Hannah is the daughter of Janet Branchick of South Bend and Mark Branchick of Tulsa, Okla.
Sarah Stroud SARAH A. STROUD, of Riley High School, hopes to obtain a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, followed by work to obtain an MBA. Her career goal is to work with an oil company in pursuit of an economically and environmentally friendly alternative fuel source. Sarah is the daughter of Julie Stroud of Lakeville.  Amber Kish AMBER A. KISH, of Washington High School, wants to pursue a career in pediatric speech pathology. She will attend Indiana University, Bloomington. Amber is the daughter of Timothy and Cynthia Kish of South Bend. 


Lauren S. Davis Scholarship

— $1,000

Joseph Fragomeni Sr. Scholarship – $1,000

Sarah Bond SARAH NICOLE BOND, of Washington High School, will attend Ball State University. She hopes to work in a health-related field. Sarah is the daughter of Timothy and Michelle Bond of South Bend.   Vikas Agtey  VIKAS M. AGTEY, of Riley High School, plans to attend Purdue University to pursue a degree in engineering. He is the son of Mihir and Helen Agtey of South Bend.


Endowed Scholarships, $1,000 each
 Rachel Bonek RACHEL A. BONEK, of Buchanan High School, will attend Saint Mary’s College to study engineering. She hopes to receive a degree in math of science from Saint Mary’s and an engineering degree from Notre Dame. Rachel is the daughter of Michael and Debra Bonek of Buchanan and the granddaughter o SBAA member Delores Dallich.   Taylor Jackson TAYLOR J. JACKSON, of Washington High School, plans to attend Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., to seek a degree in history, with a minor in music. He wants to become a history teacher or professor. Taylor also hopes to become a minster.  He is the son of Yolanda Jackson of South Bend and Shawn Jackson of Indianapolis.


Kathryn and William Shields Scholarship — $1,000
Brianna Warren  Brianna Warren, of Washington High School, will attend Xavier University of Louisiana. She is the daughter of John and Lela Warren of South Bend.  

Elizabeth Arndt 

Second Chance Grant — $1,000

ELIZABETH ARNDT received a Joseph Fragomeni Scholarship last year. She is the daughter of John and Karen Arndt of South Bend and is attending Purdue University.

Second Chance Grant — $1,000

David Shafer, a student at Indiana State University, received a $1,000 grant. He is studying construction management at Indiana State University.David previously received an endowed scholarship.  He is a graduate of Marian High School.



Emily Lyon

Second chance grant — $1,000

Emily Lyon received an endowed scholarship last year after graduating from Clay High School. She is studying at IU Bloomington. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mark and Christine Lyon of South Bend.




Kurt & Tessye Simon Grants – $700 each  

JOSEPH J. SCHELL and EMMA VELAZQUEZ each received a $700 grant to help them continue their studies.  Joseph is a 2013 graduate of Clay High School who currently is attending IU Bloomington. Emma is a 2011 graduate of Adams High School who is studying nursing at IUSB.    

Past Scholarship and Grant Recipients
2013: Myles Bolden, Adams High School; Malcolm Cannon, Clay High School; Kathleen Price, Riley High School; Nicole Figueroa, Washington High School; Andrew Gnott, Edwardsburg High School; Emily Lyon, St. Joseph High School; Melissa Konter, Washington High School; Toria Sullivan, Clay High School; Elizabeth Arndt, Clay High School; David Shafer, Marian High School; Jacob Freske, Adams High School.  
2012: Bethany Green, Adams High School; Emil Talic, Clay High School; Sarah Mee, Riley High School; Kipchumba Kibet, Washington High School. Endowed: Monica Chan, Washington, and Jacob Freske, Adams.  Lauren Davis Scholarship: Courtney Netzer, Clay; Joseph Fragomeni Sr. Scholarship: Chrishana Stoner, Adams. Second Chance Grant: David Shafer, Indiana State University. Kurt & Tessye Simon Grant: Cody Schell, Manchester College.  
 2011: Nora T. Mansfield, Adams High School; Bridget C. Hickey, Clay High School; Lauren M. James, Riley High School; Stacey M. Hogan, Washington High School. Endowed: Nicholas A. Pellegrino, St. Joseph; David J. Shafer, Marian. Lauren Davis Scholarship: Sidney A. Staples, Clay. Joseph Fragomeni Sr. Scholarship: Adam Baumgartner, Adams. Simon Grants: Christpher Burke, Clay; Alyssa Dunn, Riley; Cody Schell, Clay; Allison Shafer, Riley.
2010: Samantha K. Marley, Adams; Anna E. Sobieski, Clay; Kristina M. Patzkowsky, Riley; Charnelle N. Maefield-Martin, Washington. Simon Grants: Rikki L. Cecrle, Clay; Cody W. Schell, Clay. Second Chance Grants: Katelyn Drudge, William Freske, Allison Shafer.
2009:  Hollin Bolden, Adams; Jasmine Allen, Riley; Stephanie Firehammer, Clay; Jashay Johnson-Martin, Washington. Endowed: Katelyn Drudge, Penn; Daniel Horvath, Riley; William Freske, Adams. Fragomeni: James Hudson Jr., Adams. Simon Grants: Rikki Cecrle, Clay; Kaitlin Armentrout; Riley; Beth LaFree, Riley; Donna Chamblee, LaSalle; Anne LaFree, Riley. Second Chance:Matt Mackowiak, Washington; Stephanie Orlowski, Washington; Emily Haller, Adams; Ryan Orlowski, Washington; Allison Shafer, Riley.
2008: Anna L. Otero-Torres, Adams; Joshua A. Lukas, Clay; Gabrielle S. Dutrieux, Riley; Blanca N. Alvarado, Washington. Endowed: Allison Shafer, Riley; Matthew Mackowiak, Washington; Stephanie Orlowski, Washington. Simon Grant: Cody DeShone, Riley; Laura Fitzgerald, Adams. 
2007: Alyssa Dunn, Riley; Madeline Haller, Adams; Andrew Ewald, Washington; Evan Youngquist, Clay. Endowed: Ryan Orlowski, Washington; Ashley Timm, Clay. Frangomeni: Kimberly Manigault, Riley. Simon Grant: Dan Seitz, Clay.
 2006: Delphine Keza, Adams; Alida J. Marroni, Clay; Adam R. Huff, Washington; Rene Alonso, Riley. Fragomeni: Michael Padberg, Riley. Endowed: Emily Haller, Adams; Jean Paul Jaume, Adams; Cameron McMichael, John Glenn. Simon Grants: Amy Marsh, Adams; Christy Kollar, Clay. 
2005: Rachel Marley, Adams; Laura Schalliol, Clay; Thy Ca Nguyen, Riley; Marteve Gray, Washington.  
2004: Donald Perkins III, Adams; Rachel Ford, Clay; Danilo Rodriguez, Riley; Lorraine Chan, Washington.
2003: Kimberly Ballin, Clay; Melanie Duncan, Adams; Brandon Patton, Riley; Anthony Glenn, Washington.
2002: Kevin Alby, Adams; Lindsey Carl, Clay; Elyse Chudzynski, Riley; Matthew Ciesielski, Washington; Margaet O’Sullivan, LaSalle.
2001: Alice Dymally, Washington, and Craig Ziolkowski, Washington.
2000: Jennifer Brison, LaSalle, and Amanda Myers, Riley.
1999: Aprell Carr, Washington, and Bryan Ziolkowski, Washington.
1998: Chandra Najdek, LaSalle, and Eric Fey, Riley.
1997: Mary Wisnewski, Riley, and Derek Dabrowiak, Washington.
1996: Kimberly Gruber, Washington, and Martin Owens, Washington.
1995: Traci Borkowski, LaSalle, and Jason Whitmer, Washington.
1994: Genevieve C. Morrill, Clay.

Notice to Scholarship/Grant Recipients

Scholarship/grant recipients must request payment of their scholarship/grant by contacting the South Bend Alumni Association. You must report your legal name, student ID number and the name and address of the person or office that will receive the check. Recipients of four year grants must renew this grant each school year by contacting the Alumni Association. You can make your renewal request after you have enrolled for the ensuing school year.
Please visit our Alumnews web page for photos and more information on our scholarship recipients.