The Bob Moore Student Award Fund was created to present awards and/or scholarships to students, classes, teachers or schools in an effort to encourage the work of the Clay County Historical Society to maintain Indiana culture or promote the study of history.
Sesquicentennial commemorative plates are available to the public for a suggested donation of $9.95 each while the supply lasts. Funds raised from the plates will be used to continue the program. For more information contact Society members and/or the Old Post Office Museum at 446-4036 upon its opening later this month.
Graduating seniors with a love of history intending to further their education have a new local source for a scholarship.
The Clay County Historical Society (CCHS) will award two $150 scholarships later this year as part of the "Bob Moore Student Award Fund."
"We've been doing fundraising programs with the intention of returning the money back into the community, especially giving back to the youth," Society Vice President Vicki Mace said of the new scholarship.
In 2001, a number of commemorative formal dinner plates honoring Clay County's 1975 Sesquicentennial were found during the planning for the Old Post Office Museum expansion after being lost for a generation.
Originally commissioned by the CCHS in 1974, the hand-painted porcelain plates were the creation of renowned Indiana artist Beatrice S. D'Enbeau. She used scenes of historic importance to the county like the Poland Chapel, the Eel River covered bridge of 1870 and four others around the logo for the 150th anniversary celebration.
Mace credited the group's ability to create the new awards to Bob Moore.
Moore, who encouraged students to study history, was president of the Historical Society in 1975. It was his idea for the plates to be sold as collectibles to enhance area homes and raise money to safeguard and promote the study of Indiana culture.
The Directors of the Historical Society voted in May of 2001 to offer these plates for sale again in accordance to Moore's original intent. This year will be the first time an award will be presented by the Society.
"Its not a huge amount, but it will help with smaller expenses," Mace said.
Only seniors intending enrollment in colleges, technical schools and universities are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students can only receive the award once, but can use the money toward tuition fees, housing expenses or books and supplies while in college.
One student from Northview and another from Clay City High School will be awarded the scholarship from all the applications.
"The museum serves all of Clay County," Mace said. "So we wanted to insure that students from both high schools would be represented."
The application process will include information about the student's high school and community activities, their plans for higher education and a brief one page essay by the student on an important person, event or historical place that pertains to Clay County.
"Resources at the Museum, upon its opening in mid-March, will be available to the students working on the essay portion of their application," Mace said. She also recommended that students consider the Genealogy Society located in Center Point. "The information available through the society is truly amazing."
Applications are available through both Northview and Clay City High School's guidance counselor's offices. A student will need to make sure that his counselor fills in the pertinent academic information on the application. A personal reference will also be required.
Applications, once completed, are to be returned to the Clay County Historical Society before April 15.