Bill and Ardis Evans Scholarship

Dear 6th Grade Parent(s):

How would you like to have your 6th grade child earn a $7,000 scholarship? 

As a parent of a sixth grade student in Ottumwa, you should know that your son or daughter is eligible to apply for an exciting scholarship available at Indian Hills Community College—the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Bill and Ardis Evans Scholarship. As long-time educators in the Ottumwa public school system, Bill and Ardis Evans decided upon their retirement in 1989 that they wanted to do something for the community of Ottumwa, and at the same time, assist students in reaching their educational and career goals. They established a scholarship that is designed for students in the Ottumwa community who will be completing their first two years of post-secondary education at Indian Hills Community College before transferring to a four-year institution. 

Each year, one female and one male sixth grade student is selected to receive an initial award of $1,000. Upon successful completion of each continuing year in the Ottumwa School System, each student may receive an additional $1,000. Therefore, at the time of his or her high school graduation, a total of $7,000 will have accrued. Please see attached for guidelines. No funds may be expended prior to the recipients’ high school graduation. The two award recipients will be selected by the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Scholarship Committee with announcements being made at an awards assembly at Evans Middle School in the spring. The recipients will be required to attend the June meeting of the Ottumwa School Board and the fall meeting of the Indian Hills Community College Foundation Board of Directors for introduction and recognition. The only names that will be publicly released throughout the selection process will be those of the two recipients announced in the spring.

Below are the application papers, or you may obtain a hard copy from the Evans Middle School counselor. Applications must be returned to the Evans counselor’s office no later than April 24, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Becky Henderson via email or 641-683-5156.

Due to COVID-19, application deadline has been changed. Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Monday, May 4.

  • Mail to:  Ottumwa Community Schools, 1112 N. Van Buren, Ottumwa, IA 52501, Attn: Roberta Davenport or scan and email to:  [email protected]

Click here for application.