Alumni Scholarship Winners
One of the most important functions of the Broad Ripple High School Alumni Association was the awarding of annual scholarships to selected BRHS seniors. Three annual scholarships were being awarded. They were known as the Steven Jamison Memorial Scholarship, the Alumni Association Merit Scholarship, and the Class of 1955 Merit Scholarship
The Steven Jamison Memorial Scholarship was initiated in 2011 to honor the memory of a senior Broad Ripple High School basketball player who was being recruited by several schools.
Steven was a special student athlete long before fate dealt him a rough hand. His unique sense of humor, uncanny ability to relate to adults, and general attitude about life set him apart from the crowd. On the court, he competed at 110 percent at all times. For someone of his size, the only explanation for his rebounding stats is sheer determination. Despite tremendous tragedies in his life, he was known among his peers for valuing friendship, loyalty and the importance of teamwork. Two of Steven's beloved sisters perished in a fire at their home in 2006. To deal with his grief, a neighbor encouraged Steven to join a basketball league in his neighborhood.
There, and at Broad Ripple, Steven found his groove and developed into an outstanding basketball player. But even more than that, he welcomed the friendships and camaraderie that came with being a member of a team. His friends said that he worked hard but never forgot how to have fun, and encouraged them that "even on the toughest days you can make someone else's life better." The manner in which he dealt with his cancer was unique, as well. Steven was determined to maximize every day and live it to the fullest, despite what the odds said. In his last weeks, he said he didn't want to be remembered as being tired, or sick, or weak but that he wanted always to be remembered for the good times and most importantly, for the laughs.
This outstanding young man and role model died after an eight month battle with cancer. The primary criteria for the selection of the winners of this scholarship in his name are :
The Alumni Association Merit Scholarship is awarded to a student who embodies the Broad Ripple High School motto: "Broader, Richer, Human Service".
To be eligible for this scholarship, the graduating senior must have attended Broad Ripple High School for seven semesters with a Cumulative Grade Point average of 3.0 or higher and have a history of leadership and service through extra-curricular activities, both at school and the community.
The Class of 1955 Merit Scholarship was initiated in 2013 as a result of funding provided by the Broad Ripple High School Class of 1955. It is awarded to the person who has demonstrated the most progress beween the 9th and 12th grades.
The Class of 1947 Merit Scholarship was initiated in 2015 as a result of funding provided by the Broad Ripple High School Class of 1947.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the graduating senior must have attended Broad Ripple High School for seven semesters with a Cumulative Grade Point average of 3.0 or higher and have a history of leadership and service through extra-curricular activities, both at school and the community