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

 When 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 Owensboro, Ky..  Applications must be submitted to Phyllis Dowe no later than July 31, 2019.

The Rowan Family Reunion has a $100.00 Book Award gift given to graduating high school students that are direct descendants, have been accepted to an institution of Higher learning, attended a reuion, and can give their lineage back to Harry & Catherine Rowan or William & Violet Shively.  
Edsel Thruston Family Scholarship Award
Applicants must have attended two (2) Rowan Family Reunions in their life.
Applicant must be a high school graduate or obtained a GED

Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 2.4 and a copy of their transcript

Applicant must provide a copy of their acceptance letter or admission to a post Secondary Educational Insititution

Applicant is required to write a letter/essay stating why he/she should be selected as the recipient of this scholarship.  The letter should include current 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 by July 31, 2019.

Committee Selection Process
The committee will select a point person that will ensure all information is received from applicants.  In the event several applications are received, special consideration will be given to GPA, letter of why they should be selected as a recipient, complete lineage, and participation in activities and/or Rowan Family Reunions.  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 Scholarship Award is designed to assist an individual who will be attending a post secondary institution for the first time, but if no applications are received, the committee could award a prervious recipient or applicant who has achieved at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale during their first year of college.  If no one is selected, funds not awarded will remain in the "Edsel Thruston Family Scholarship" for future use.

Edsel Thruston Family Scholarship Award
The Scholarship Award is to be presneted at the Rowan Banquet/Business meeting.  The recipient is expected to be in attendance. If the recipent is unable to attend, an immediate family member can accept the award.  The check may be given to the recipent after proof of enrollment, address of self and institution.  If the recipient is unable to attend school during the fall semester/term as indicated on their application, the award will not be sent or 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 requirement.


The Edsel Thruston Family established a Scholarship specifically for decendants of the Rowan Family.  The Scholarship will be in the amount of $500.00 to a recipient who meets specific requirements.  Edsel, his wife Sallie, daughters, April Oldham, Dr. Wanda Thruston, and Gayle (Joseph) Fields; have generously provided this scholarship out of love for this family and understanding the importance educational achievement is to our youth.  Edsel was known for having a profound effect on so many people and was able to touch their hearts to inspire them to be the best they can be.  We are appreciative to the Family and know their contributions will have a long lasting effect for each recipient and their family.


We are appreciative to the Thruston Family for establising a scholarship that will help individuals, of the Rowan Family, pursue their post secondary education.  This is one of many contributios made out of love by this family.  Our Thanks and Gratitude will be reflected for many years to come.    

Bruce Crump




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