Annual Scholarships

Bailey Family Scholarship for Outstanding Student Athletes

This scholarship, started by local Decatur residents Scott and Denise Bailey, is awarded to a Decatur High School senior student-athlete who demonstrates the best of the Bulldog spirit and shows leadership and good sportsmanship on and off the field.  There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Beatrice A. Pask Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented to a student who exhibits a commitment to education, a history of involvement in meaningful community service that enhances the lives of others, and who is a first generation college attendee.  There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Bill Mealor Jr. Memorial Scholarship

This award honors the life of former DHS student Bill Mealor, Jr., who passed away during his senior year in 1986. It is given to a male student who exhibits tenacity, determination, spirit, and enthusiasm in the face of adversity – all qualities that were characteristic of Bill Mealor, Jr. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Blue & Gold Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship, founded in 2010 by Chantrice Rogers, Decatur High Class of 1994, is awarded to a senior who demonstrates entrepreneurial and leadership skills and has given back to his/her community through service. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Carl and Mae Renfroe Memorial Scholarship

This award is presented to the female member of the Decatur High School graduating class who exemplifies the qualities of scholarship, hard work and determination to achieve, and shows a positive attitude toward teachers and fellow students. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Carriere Family Scholarship for Teachers

This scholarship is given to a City Schools of Decatur teacher who is pursuing advanced education and is either a K-5 classroom teacher, a math or science teacher for grades 6-12, or a K-12 Exceptional Student Services teacher.  

Coye Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship, founded in 2010 by Allan Coye, Decatur High Class of 1997, is awarded to an African-American senior who has shown a commitment to leadership, community service, scholarship and personal growth while at Decatur High School. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Gladding Family Scholarship

This scholarship, founded by DHS alumnus Sam Gladding in memory of his parents, Russell Burton and Gertrude Templeman Gladding, is awarded to a student who is hard-working, service-minded, focused on bettering humanity, unselfish, humble, outgoing, fair, and who plans to attend a four-year liberal arts college/university. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Harry Edwards Class of 1960 Memorial Scholarship

This award, named for Harry Edwards, whose plane was shot down in Vietnam, recognizes a student who exemplifies citizenship, school spirit, honesty, integrity, and self-discipline – character traits that Harry demonstrated as a student and an officer. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Imani Thompson Twine Memorial Scholarship

Created in memory of Imani Thompson Twine, this scholarship is awarded to a female member of the senior class who exhibits the qualities that defined Imani: leadership, academic excellence, perseverance, maturity, love for others, and the ability to impact all types of people. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Madison Lewis Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the life and legacy of Madison Lewis and is awarded to a graduating senior who participated in DHS athletics and exemplifies the best of Bulldog Spirit. The recipient demonstrates leadership, good sportsmanship, a strong work ethic on and off the field, and serves as a role model to teammates. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Mary Elizabeth Brown Wilson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a senior who demonstrates ongoing involvement in community service, achievement that reflects a commitment to education, and resilience in overcoming adversity. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Moore Family Scholarship

The Moore Family Scholarship was started in 2016 by Decatur residents Elizabeth and Patrick Moore. The award is given to a graduating senior who is well-rounded and who has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic in one or more of these areas: academic preparedness, extracurricular activities, community service or part-time employment. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Patrick Family Foundation Scholarship

This scholarship, established in 2002 by members of the Patrick Family, who are DHS alumni, is the largest scholarship available to Decatur High School students. Recipients are exceptional students whose selection is based on accomplishments, academics, and potential to reach academic goals. Click HERE for online application.

Rotary Club of Decatur Foundation Scholarship

This award is designed to support the mission of the Rotary Club to promote ethical business practices, peace, and goodwill in local communities and the world. The recipient each year must demonstrate a strong commitment to community service.  Click HERE for online application.

Sarah Lynn Woolf Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is presented to a female student who exemplifies high scholarship, achievement in a variety of endeavors, and a positive approach to whatever life brings – attributes of the late Sarah Woolf, a DHS student who died of bone cancer in 2002. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Thomas Hauk Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the life of Thomas John Anthony Hauk, who died in 2002 at the age of 16 from complications related to Addison’s disease. The award is given to a graduating senior who embodies Thomas’ personal qualities of courage, friendship, and peace-making. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Tools for Success Laptop Award

Tools for Success is a program that provides laptops for students who are pursuing postsecondary education and who demonstrate that a laptop will help them achieve their goals. Click HERE for online application.

Westchester Life Skills Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded each year to a DHS student who best exemplifies the life skills of integrity, initiative, flexibility, perseverance, organization, sense of humor, effort, common sense, problem solving, responsibility, patience, friendship, gratitude, curiosity, caring, and cooperation. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

Special Recognitions

The Clarence Strickland Make a Difference Award

The Clarence Strickland Make a Difference Award recognizes a school system employee who shows compassion and care in reaching out to a student in a time of great need.