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.

HAN C. CHOI SCHOLARSHIP

This award, honoring the Han Choi’s board service to DEF, is awarded to a student who has overcome significant challenges with determination, faith and resiliency. Student must be in good standing at DHS and must demonstrate leadership, service, academic excellence, and integrity with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 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.

JEAN BELVEDERE TAFFS MEMORIAL SCHoLARSHIP

Awarded to a graduating female student is active at Decatur High School and demonstrates school spirit. This student must be well regarded by her peers – the kind of person they would describe as kind to all, warm and non-judgemental, and friends with many different types of students. Preference given to applicants who are determined to pursue their education after high school, but who may need a little more help to get ahead. 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.

Joan Peirce early childhood education teacher scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance for a paraprofessional or assistant teacher working in early childhood education within City Schools of Decatur, to pursue a degree in education.  Must currently be a classified employee of a CSD early childhood program or K-3 school, have the support of his/her principal and demonstrate financial need.  Click HERE for the 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.

TRINITY HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1965 SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to an African-American student with a minimum 2.5 GPA and plans to attend a two- or four-year college, who demonstrates leadership skills, and strong work ethic with determination to achieve, and a commitment to furthering their education. Priority given to students who have generational ties to an African-American family that extend back to when schools were segregated. There is no application for this scholarship. Students are selected by a Decatur High School committee based on faculty nominations.

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.  Nominations for this award are accepted from community members or staff of City Schools of Decatur.  Click HERE for online application.