John G. Blakesley Mathematical Excellence Scholarship for 8th Grade
Thanks to the generosity of John G. Blakesley, the Community Foundation is proud to offer a four-year scholarship to an Elkhart County graduating eighth-grade student, to be applied towards four years of higher education at an accredited college following the student’s high school graduation.
The scholarship application opens February 1, 2022 and applications are due March 7, 2022.
The Blakesley Scholarship recognizes exceptional, early aptitude in mathematics by an eighth-grade student completing math honors coursework. This scholarship inspires the development of mathematical interest and understanding.
Each applying student will complete the application and return it to their respective middle school counselor. The school counselor and math teacher(s) at each school will then review the completed applications from which they may select one nominee. Original applications for the top nominee will then be delivered to the Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation Career Pathways Committee will review the nominee applications and select one winner. The winner of the John G. Blakesley Mathematical Excellence Scholarship will be awarded $1,250 a year for each of four years for a total award of $5,000. A new winner will be selected each year. As the fund increases, so may the number and amount of future awards.
John G. Blakesley was born in Goshen, Indiana on February 26, 1931 and was raised in Syracuse, Indiana. He attended New Paris High School as a freshman, winning math awards while attending school there.
After moving to Ft. Wayne with his family, he graduated from Ft. Wayne Central High School in 1949, where he again won numerous awards in mathematics. John graduated from Yale University in 1954, majoring in
economics and political science.