Scholarships for 2019


ROOSEVELT FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS

2019 scholarships are now closed, and winners are announced at graduation. 


The Roosevelt Foundation makes available a wide variety of scholarships exclusive to graduating TRHS seniors. To be considered for these awards, you must complete the standard application in addition to each scholarship’s specific requirements such as letters of reference, and/or essays ~ please refer to the specific scholarship as listed below. Please note, unless otherwise specified, all references must be written ~ not just a list of names. The application and all required essays should be saved and then emailed to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line. You may apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for, but submit only ONE scholarship per email and PLEASE ADD OUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO YOUR CONTACTS! To ensure we have your correct contact information, please visit http://www.trhsfoundation.org/contact-us/ first. All scholarship application materials are due March 1st by email. Please direct questions to the Roosevelt guidance counselor’s office.

Step 1: Fill out contact information at http://www.trhsfoundation.org/contact-us/

Step 2: Add email address trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com to approved sender/contacts list.

Step 3: Follow instructions for each scholarship and list the name of the scholarship in the email subject line (one scholarship per email) to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com


ATHLETICS

BRYANT D. TUEL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Bryant D. Tuel Scholarship has been established at Roosevelt High School, Des Moines, IA in memory of Bryant D. Tuel, a 2000 graduate of the school. Bryant was a good scholar and a good athlete at TRHS. He played football, baseball, and ran track at TRHS. He was also a travel team hockey player during his time in high school. While at TRHS, Bryant loved football and was a 2-year 2-way varsity starter. He played guard, tight end, defensive end & middle linebacker as well as special teams. His coach once said Bryant was one of the ten toughest players he ever coached. Bryant learned many life lessons from football. After high school he was admitted to Drake University and earned a BS in accounting/finance and a Master of Business Administration. He was employed as an accountant. He and his best friend Matt Johnson, also a TRHS football player, died in a tragic car accident on May 3, 2010. This scholarship has been established by gifts from his parents Larry & Valerie Tuel and from memorial donations. Each year a senior Roosevelt football player will be selected by a committee to receive a scholarship award, which will be based upon demonstrated academics, a plan to attend college, need and a contribution to TRHS football. Amount of award: $1,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com) with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
The Scholarship Awards Committee would like to know as much about each candidate as possible. Please
select ONE of the following questions, write a short essay no longer than one page, and attach it to the
completed application form. Please indicate which question you have chosen at the top of your essay.
1) Please describe how playing TRHS Varsity football has helped to prepare you for college and life.
2) Please tell a story of a life lesson you learned during a game and describe how it helped you interact with your coaches, teachers and teammates.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send reference listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
– Roosevelt faculty or coach.


GEORGE (PICK) WILSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Pick Wilson was the father to four graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Kate, Bobby, Chris, and Eddie Wilson. He, and his wife Rena, believed that family and education were very important. Coming from a family of six siblings himself and learning the hard way how to do well in school, he showed great perseverance and character. He believed in “fighting to the finish”. He was a graduate of Iowa State University. Following graduation, he worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation, the State of Iowa, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa. He also served as a member of the Des Moines Public School Board and the Iowa State Board of Education. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to a Roosevelt senior who is on the varsity golf or soccer team and has been accepted to and will be attending college. Amount of award: $1,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) As you prepare to graduate from high school, what leadership skills and characteristics do you wish to pass on to your fellow teammates?

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-A member of Roosevelt Faculty or Coach.
-A mentor or family friend.


JOHN J. HANSELL SCHOLARSHIP

John, a 1982 Roosevelt graduate, was an exceptional scholar and athlete who went on to graduate with honors from Colorado College and Columbia Law School. He is remembered for his tremendous sense of humor, extraordinary kindness, and generous spirit, particularly with respect to those less fortunate than he. The scholarship committee awards $1,000.00 to an outstanding senior who demonstrates academic excellence, exceptional ability in athletics or another extracurricular activity, and a commitment to community service. Need will be considered.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) Please give a brief description and overview of why you want to pursue a higher education — your hopes and goals.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:

Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Submit two references that will best demonstrate your character, personality and individual circumstances.


NICHOLAS STREET WHITTIER COLLEGE ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship is available to an athlete who applies and is accepted at Whittier College in California. The donor wants to follow the recipient’s athletic progress throughout college. There may be more financial support possible. The donor felt this college made a tremendous difference in his life. Amount of award: $2,000/year.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).


BUSINESS

MERIAM ROSENTHAL “YOUNG WOMEN IN BUSINESS” SCHOLARSHIP

Meriam Rosenthal graduated from Roosevelt in the late 40’s. She was the first woman vice-president of an Iowa bank. The scholarship beginning in 2011 in her memory will be awarded to a senior who plans to attend a business college or a college with a business major. Amount of award: $1,500.00.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) Why are you interested in a career in business, and with your career in business, what type of contribution do you see yourself making, especially as a role model for young women who will follow you? Essay should be no longer than 1 page.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
No specific reference is required. You may submit any references you choose.


EDUCATION

JAMES COLLIER SCHOLARSHIP

James M. Collier graduated from Roosevelt in 1956. He later earned his teaching degree from Drake University and taught English for 32 years. Jim is pleased to be able to offer this scholarship to Roosevelt seniors and feels it provides him with a wonderful opportunity to ensure that others have the types of cultural and educational opportunities that his mother made available to him. The James Collier Scholarship is a renewable grant of $1,000.00 per academic year. The applicant must plan to attend college and pursue a career in education with a focus on English/Language Arts. Renewable. Amount of award: $1,000.00.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) If you had one day left to live, how would you spend your last 24 hours on earth?
(Please take your time and answer seriously and reflectively.)

REQUIRED REFERENCES
Submit references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt English teacher.
-A character reference by a friend, employer or counselor.


KATHY COLLINS REILLY SCHOLARSHIP

Kathy Lee Collins graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1968 with a B+ average. She was very active at Roosevelt as a cheerleader and Pep Club Chair. She went on the University of Kansas where she received her degree in Education. After teaching for several years, she earned her law degree from Drake University and worked as an attorney for the Iowa Department of Education. She has established a scholarship to help students who plan to become teachers. To be eligible for the scholarship, a Roosevelt senior (or junior graduating early) must have a 2.99 MAXIMUM grade point average. Amount of award: $1,000.00 per year for a maximum of five years.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1)Write an original essay (500-1000 words) on the value of humor as a teaching tool in the classroom.

REQUIRED REFERENCES: Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
– Roosevelt teacher or administrator, focusing on what kind of teacher the student could or will be, in addition to describing the student’s strengths and weaknesses.


RYAN MCCORMICK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Ryan Mark Herring McCormick was a 2007 graduate of Roosevelt High School who loved music; composing, listening and playing guitar, keyboard and piano. Ryan’s family has established a scholarship fund through which an annual scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who participated in the fine arts at TRHS. The applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need. Amount of award: $2,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) Explain what benefit you believe you have derived from your participation in drama, music or art studies and activities at Roosevelt.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:

Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-List three references who have agreed to be contacted.
-Attach a letter from one of the three references who knows you well and can give a well-informed view of your special qualities, creativity, and character.


GENERAL

JENNIE BRODY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

The Jennie Brody Memorial Scholarship is grant in the amount of $500.00. The applicant must be a graduate of Roosevelt High School who is seeking post-secondary instruction. Applicants must demonstrate need and have exemplary grades.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Have required reference emailed to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-A character reference by a teacher, member of the clergy or employer.


MEGGIE MALM SCHOLARSHIP

Meggie Malm, class of 2003, was an outstanding student athlete at Roosevelt and at the University of Missouri. She was a four year letter winner on the Mizzou women’s soccer team and graduated with honors in 2007 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. We remember Meggie not only for her achievements, but also for her cheerful, kind and generous spirit. Meggie treasured the excellence, diversity and traditions of Roosevelt. The Meggie Malm Scholarship is a $2,000 award that is made annually to a deserving Roosevelt student planning to attend college based upon the recipient’s character, need, and potential.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
The Scholarship Awards Committee would like to know as much about each candidate as possible. Please select ONE of the following questions or topics, write a short essay no longer than one page, and attach it to the completed application form. Please indicate which question you have chosen at the top of your essay.
1) What is your highest aspiration?
2) What do you feel defines your character?
3) From whom or what do you draw your greatest inspiration?
4) Describe a core belief other than religious faith and its importance to you.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt faculty (describing applicant’s character and potential.
-Character reference by a friend, member of the clergy, employer, coach or other person familiar with the character of the applicant.


ALISSA MCKINNEY SERVICE AWARD

The Alissa McKinney Service Award is a grant in the amount of $500 given to a Roosevelt senior who has achieved the Silver Cord status for community service during high school. Applicants must demonstrate an intent to continue service to help their community and the world around them in their post-secondary education.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Explain how that
quotation applies, or does not apply, to your service efforts while at Roosevelt High School and how you
intend to carry this ethic of service to where you are attending college or other post-secondary institution.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send reference listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
– Letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the student’s service activities.


ROOSEVELT FOUNDATION RIDER SCHOLAR SCHOLARSHIPS

Roosevelt Foundation Rider Scholars is a volunteer based committee of the non-profit, tax exempt Roosevelt Foundation. These scholarships are designed for graduating seniors who meet the application criteria.
All Roosevelt graduating seniors who plan to continue their education may apply for a Rider Scholars scholarship. Scholarships may be used at 4-year colleges, 2-year or junior colleges, or vocational schools. Awards are paid directly to the scholar’s educational institution.
A community based Scholarship Award Committee scores the anonymous applications using a point system. Scholarships are awarded on a fair, non-discriminatory basis. Some of the criteria under consideration are merit, need, and character. Amount of awards: $500 each.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Have reference listed below emailed to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt Faculty or Staff.


LANGUAGE ARTS

GALEN GUSTAFSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Galen Gustafson was a Roosevelt senior when he died of a brain tumor in 1967. He graduated with honors having spent most of his senior year in the hospital. He had a great sense of humor, loved old cars, and had a keen interest in Journalism. He worked on the Roosevelt Round-up and was very well liked and respected. His sister, Greta Hayward has established a scholarship in his memory and it is awarded to a senior who has a interest in majoring in Journalism or English. Amount of award: $500.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) What is your interpretation of truth in journalism?

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Submit references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt English or Journalism faculty.


VIRGINIA BANNISTER PEARSALL SCHOLARSHIP

Virginia Bannister Pearsall, class of 1932, was devoted to Des Moines and to Iowa. Proud of her Iowa heritage, she gave generously of her time and energy to preserving Iowa historic landmarks and to improving her community through volunteer service. Whatever she did, she pursued it with intelligence and tenacity. Virginia studied Humanities in college, and graduated from Northwestern University. She was a lifelong learner who, after raising a family, chose to complete several courses of study in the arts and history. The scholarship, established in her memory in 2010, will be awarded to a senior who seeks a liberal arts degree and has experience as a community volunteer. Amount of award: $1,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save & email essay to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) What makes a liberal arts education important to you? One to two pages in length.

Submit reference(s) listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt English or Social Studies teacher.
-Character reference by an employer, family friend, or supervisor from a volunteer agency.


MATH & SCIENCE

DICK HEWINS SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP

Dick Hewins was a Biology and Chemistry teacher at Roosevelt High School for 35 years. He made a huge difference in the lives and careers of many students. He has established a scholarship for a graduating male student who has an interest and proficiency in science or math and has participated in athletics. Amount of award: $500.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) What inspires you?
2) What career in the sciences would you like to pursue?

REQUIRED REFERENCES

Submit references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt Coach.
-Roosevelt Science or Mathematics Teacher.


HERMAN KIRKPATRICK SCHOLARSHIP

Mr. Kirkpatrick was a physics teacher at Roosevelt for nearly 45 years. He was enthusiastic, dedicated and highly regarded by faculty and students alike. His continued devotion to teaching as a profession is demonstrated in the scholarship requirements. This grant is made to a student who has completed 3 years of math, 3 years of science including 1 year of physics with at least a “B” for both semesters and an accumulated grade point of at least a “B” at the mid-point of their second semester senior year. The student must also make a commitment to teach Science or Math full time in an Iowa Public School system following graduation from college. Amount of award: $1,000.00, renewable for 4 years of college. Renewable for first 4 years of teaching Science or Math full time in an Iowa Public School system following graduation from college.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING ESSAYS (Save & email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) Describe any outside activities in which you have participated involving sciences.
2) Indicate your career goals, hopes and aspirations. Would you like to serve as a teacher in an Iowa public school? If so, why?

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Submit references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt science teacher.
-Roosevelt mathematics teacher.
-Character reference from a Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, youth leader or a community leader.


MARVIN JAMES FINK P.E. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Marvin James Fink attended Roosevelt High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track. Following service in WWII, he graduated from the University of Michigan with both Bachelor and Master degrees in engineering. He worked for General Motors and is credited with several inventions. This scholarship has been established by his son, Larry Fink, and is awarded to a student who excels in math or science and plans on pursuing a career in engineering. Amount of award: $1,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).

STEP 8: MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, HONORS, AND AWARDS
Answer each question as briefly but completely as possible. Email completed essays to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).
1) List all major awards, honors, and scholarships, both academic and noon-academic, that you have received to date and attach supporting documentation.
2) List all awards, honors, and scholarships, both academic and non-academic, for which you have been nominated or are an acknowledged candidate as of March 29th of the current year (include supporting personal reference or documentation).
3) Give an example of the most advanced or complex scientific experiment you independently designed, successfully performed, and documented or the most complex structure, instrument, or device you independently designed, successfully constructed, and documented (attach supporting references and documentation).
4) Give an example of your most creative and successful effort in formulating and solving an advanced or complex problem in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, or engineering (attach supporting references and documentation).
5) List all scientific and engineering papers, articles, or notes you have authored or co-authored that have been submitted to, accepted for publication in, or published in a peer-reviewed scientific, engineering, or general technical journal (attach supporting documentation).

WRITE AN ESSAY:

The Scholarship Committee needs to evaluate your critical thinking and communications skills. Please write without collaboration a 250-300 word essay on one of the following five topics, indicate which has been selected, and save & email this form to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email).
1.Choose the best engineering approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, justify your choice, and discuss its engineering challenges.
2.Choose the greatest engineering achievement in human history, describe its origin, and justify your choice by discussing its impacts on human civilization and society.
3.Define ethical professional conduct, give a real example of unethical professional engineering conduct and its consequences, and discuss how you would communicate the importance of ethical engineering to your professional peers.
4.Discuss the benefits and detriments of the genetic engineering of plants or animals to improve yield or increase resistance to pests, parasites, or diseases.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:
Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt science or mathematics teacher.
-Character reference from a teacher, youth group leader or employer.


TIMOTHY PARKER, M.D. PRE-MEDICINE SCHOLARSHIP

Dr. Timothy Parker graduated from Roosevelt High School in the Class of 1981. He later became a physician and practices medicine in Leawood, Kansas. He is pleased to offer a scholarship to a deserving Roosevelt senior who has a goal and a passion to become a nurse or a doctor. The applicant must have good performance in math and science and a financial need. Amount of award: $1,000.

STEPS 1-7: Complete this application in its entirety and send to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com.

STEP 8: WRITE AN ESSAY (Save and email to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email)):
1) Describe your motivation and passion to become a nurse or a medical doctor.

REQUIRED REFERENCES:

Send references listed below to trhsfoundationdm@gmail.com with the name of the scholarship for which you are applying in the email subject line (one scholarship per email):
-Roosevelt science teacher (biology, chemistry, or physics).
-Character reference by a friend, member of the clergy, or employer.