The Rowan Family values scholarship and understands it's significance in enhancing ones quality of life.  We established a scholarship fund designed to help students attend a post secondary institution.  Assistance is contingent upon the financial resource available for that year.  Those interested in obtaining more information can contact Phyllis Dowe at 317 631-0303 or by clicking on this link:  Please send all scholarship information to: Phyllis Dowe 1121 Fall Creek Parkway E. Drive, Indianapolis Indiana 46202.  In addition to mailing your application/information, if possible please email it as an attachment.

The recipient of this scholarship will be announced at the Reunion's Banquet/Business meeting in Indianapolis.  Applications must be submitted to Phyllis Dowe no later than July 31, 2016.

Edsel Thruston Family Scholarship Award



The Thruston Scholarship Award is reserved for members of the Rowan Family.  The award is in the amount of five hundred dollars ($500.00) per year beginning August 2017and concluding when funds are depleted.  The President of the Rowan Reunion established a committee whose charge is to select a recipient for the annual scholarship that meets specific requirements. 


    Requirements for the Thruston Scholarship Award


·        Applicant must have attended at least one Rowan Family Reunion


·        Applicant must be a high school graduate or obtained a GED


·        Applicant(s) that graduated from high school must include an official copy of their transcript.  If a GED was obtained, the individual must include an official copy of their certificate and scores


·        Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.4


·        Applicant must show evidence of acceptance and/or admission to any post secondary educational institution


·        Applicant is required to write a letter to the Rowan Family Reunion stating why he/she should be selected as the recipient of this scholarship.  The letter should include career ambitions, awards or special recognition, church, civic, and community involvement, and a statement of why family is important.  The letter should be typed, doubled-spaced, and limited to two pages


·        Applicant must submit all information to Phyllis Dowe no later than July 31, 2017. 


                          Committee’s Selection Process


The committee will select a point person that will ensure all information is received from applicant(s).  In the event several applications are received, special consideration will be given to GPA, letter of why they should be selected as the recipient, and participation in Church and the Rowan Family Reunion. 


In the event of a tie, it will be the responsibility of the committee to determine the recipient.  If the committee is unable to decide between two applicants, the scholarship funds can be divided.   The committee has the latitude to allow special considerations to the specified requirements for applicant submission.   The Scholarship Award is designed to assist an individual who will be attending a post secondary institution for the first time.  If no applications are received, the committee could award a previous recipient who has achieved at least a 2.4 GPA during their first year.  As a third option, the committee could select an individual who has completed one year of post secondary training and is in good academic standing.     Good academic standing is considered a 2.4 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.  If no one is selected, funds not awarded will remain in the Thruston scholarship fund for future use.  If there are no applicants for the 2017 Thruston award, non winning applicants for the 2016 JRC award  will be considered with no resubmission required.   


The Thruston Scholarship Award is to be presented at the Rowan Reunion Banquet/Business meeting.  The recipient is expected to be in attendance.  If the recipient is unable to attend, an immediate family member can accept the award.  The check may be given to the recipient, a family member, or sent directly to the institution.  


If the recipient is unable to attend school during the fall semester/term as indicated on their application, the award must be returned as soon as possible.  The committee could make a recommendation, to the president, to award the scholarship to another candidate that met all requirements.   




The James Robert Crump, Sr. Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 by his seven children. The Scholarship was  founded to commemorate and perpetuate the legacy for whom the Scholarship is named.


As a brief biographical sketch, Mr. Crump was born February 17, 1915 in Birk City, KY.  Mr. Crump’s grandfather, Daniel Crump, married Ella Rowan on March 17, 1887 in Daviess County.  Daniel and Ella Crump had five children, one being Mr. Crump’s father, Willie Levi Crump.  Ella Rowan was the daughter of Levi Rowan and Mary Fields.  Levi Rowan was the son of Harry and Catherine Rowan. 


After completing his secondary education in Owensboro, KY, he went on to Western Kentucky Vocation School in Paducah, KY.  Realizing a need to broaden his educational credentials, he matriculated at Lincoln University in Jefferson, MO, where he was awarded a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts.


Upon returning to Owensboro to live, Mr. Crump united with the Zion Baptist Church.  He faithfully served the church as a Sunday school teacher, trustee, treasurer, a member of the choir and later was ordained as a deacon.  Mr. Crump was a constant presence at the Rowan Reunion.  His contributions, as an officer and dedicated family member, helped ensure the Rowan Reunion achieved its goal of bringing families together to celebrate its proud heritage.  When asked to give his formula for successful living, he replied, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.” (Mt. 6: 33, KJV).


Professionally speaking, Mr. Crump retired from the Owensboro Public School System after more than thirty years as a distinguished Industrial Arts teacher.  During the summer months, Mr. Crump worked tirelessly in using his extraordinary skills in carpentry to remodel homes in the Owensboro venue.


After retiring from the teaching profession, Mr. Crump became actively involved in farming.  In addition to being featured in the local newspaper for his farming success, Mr. Crump was affiliated with the Daviess County Farm Association.


Finally, if one were to choose words to characterize the rich legacy of Mr. James Robert Crump, Sr., they would be: Integrity, Work Ethic, Church Worship and Family.  It is the hopes and prayers of his children that the recipient will personify some of these praiseworthy attributes.

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