David E. Schnell Football Scholarship

 The scholarship was established in the loving memory of David E. Schnell by his family and friends.

David was born in Elkhart and attended Beardsley Elementary, North Side Middle School, and graduated from Elkhart Central in 1985. He graduated from Indiana University in 1990. He was rated #1 Blue Chip Football player and went on to play college ball at Indiana for Coach Bill Mallory, leading the team as a quarterback to back-to-back victories against Ohio State and Michigan for the first time in Indiana history. David played in the All American Bowl, Peach Bowl, Liberty Bowl (and was its Most Valuable Player), and the All-Star Japan Bowl. 

David was also the proud father of four; Samuel, Spencer, Vincent, and Brook. He loved family gatherings. He was a member of Elk’s Christiana Creek Golf Club. He was a big Chicago Bears fan and Indiana University basketball fan. He enjoyed fishing and water sports at his home on Long Lake and grilling out. He loved golfing and camping. 

David was an assistant coach at Elkhart Central, and football coach at North Side Middle School. After college, he worked with Chris Darling Insurance at Heritage Financial Groups. He was owner of Berkey Insurance Agency. 

Photo of David E. Schnell

Eligibility Requirements: 

  1. A resident of Elkhart County for a minimum of one year 
  2. Graduating Elkhart High School senior (male)
  3. Member of the Elkhart High School football team
  4. Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher
  5. Students planning to enroll full-time in an accredited college, university or vocational school in the United States

Awards: One new award is given every year in the amount of $1,000 per year for each of two years for a total award of $2,000. 

Apply between January 1 and March 1, 2023.