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The following scholarships are offered to students planning to graduate with the Blackhawk School District High School Class of 2024 by completing our online 2024 Online Scholarship Application.

Please note that completing one application form enters the applicant for consideration for all scholarships or awards for which the applicant meets the criteria.  All information submitted will be confirmed and verified with the Guidance Office of Blackhawk High School.  A committee comprising members of the BSDEF Board of Directors, donor designees, and the Guidance Office of the Blackhawk High School evaluates all applications, as applicable.

Friends of Pat Morris Memorial Scholarship


Patricia A. Morris was a good friend to so many. So good that when she passed away in 2021, her best friend – Kathy Sprague – wanted to make sure her memory lived on. The Friends of Pat Morris Memorial Endowment was created to honor her by providing graduating seniors with a $1,000 scholarship to help them get a jump on college right out of high school … instead of having to wait for over 20 years as she did as a non-traditional student while working full time.

Since this world needs more ‘Pats’ – with such a big heart for others that sometimes it left her heartbroken – the scholarship will be awarded to the graduate that best resembles three of her big loves in life.

  1. Plans to attend Geneva College in the fall following graduation.

  2. Is a member of the United Methodist Church.

  3. Is enrolled as a music or art major at any college.

Being of strong faith – Pat realized perfection only exists in heaven – so a match of all three is not expected. The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who shares one or more of Pat’s biggest loves in life, other than her friends, of course. May God bless the scholarship winner with this small monetary award and the gift of great friendships like “The Friends of Pat Morris” shared with her for so long. She is missed but won’t be forgotten!


Judy Fusetti Education Award


The Judy Fusetti Education Award in the amount of $500 is made available in memory of Judith Fusetti.  This award is presented to a graduating senior who has been accepted to a post-secondary school and plans to major in Education. 

Pitt Race / Stout Family Scholarship

The Pitt Race / Stout Family Endowment Scholarship Endowment was established in partnership with Jim and Kathy Stout to offer three (3) $1,000 annual scholarships to graduating students who demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity, and character who are planning to pursue a vocational/technical education after graduation in the fields of plumbing, electrical, carpentry, auto mechanics, or any other skilled trade.  If there are not enough qualified applicants meeting these criteria, these scholarships will be awarded to graduating students who are planning to attend an accredited two-year or four-year private or public university.

Stephen and Andy Sekeres Memorial Scholarship

Stephen Sekeres was a dedicated, respected, and well-liked sixth-grade science teacher at Highland Middle School in the Blackhawk School District at the time of his death in December 1997.  Andy, a 1979 graduate of Blackhawk High School, was a cross-country runner who enjoyed the competition and camaraderie with his team members and coach, Mr. Naugle.  Andy passed away in a work accident in July 1983.  Bernadine Sekeres, wife of Stephen Sekeres and mother of Andy Sekeres, established this scholarship to honor the memories of Stephen and Andy. 

The Stephen and Andy Sekeres Memorial Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship presented to a graduating student who was a dedicated member of the cross country or track team.  The applicant must have demonstrated and exhibited exemplary character and sportsmanship and earned the respect of their teammates during their high school career.  Furthermore, the applicant must have plans to attend a post-secondary education program during the same calendar year as graduation.

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