Robert “Bubba” Jochum Scholarship

Annual, renewable scholarship created by Leroy and the late Marilyn Jochum in honor of their son Robert Thomas “Bubba” Jochum.  Bub was born March 20, 1967, at Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota.  He graduated from F.J. Reitz High School in 1985.  Bub was an athlete and a great friend.  He played football at Reitz and played baseball at German Township.  He married Mindy Lutz-Jochum in 2002.  Bub worked for several years at the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville and at Ferro Plastics.  He was a terrific uncle, brother and son.  Bubs died in December 2003 due to complications from surgery. This scholarship recognizes Bubs’ interest in the welfare of children and the diverse ways students can use college studies to improve the lives of children.

Eligibility Criteria

Graduating seniors of F.J. Reitz High School who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and who demonstrate financial need.  Applicants must be planning to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited two- or four-year college or university majoring in a course of study that will benefit youth, such as education, social work, parks administration, sports administration, urban development, psychology, or sociology.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on applicant’s financial need, participation in youth serving volunteer activities or extracurricular activities/employment related to youth programming/education, the required essay (with special consideration given to applicants planning to pursue a course of study leading to a career that aims to reduce or eliminate poverty among youth), citizenship, and academic performance.

Supplemental Requirements

  • Essay describing applicant’s chosen course of study and why he or she has decided to pursue a career affecting youth (not to exceed two typewritten, double-spaced pages).
  • Completion of the “FAFSA” or “FAFSA4caster.”
  • Applicants may submit a maximum of two letters of recommendation or an explanation of special circumstances. Letters of recommendation are optional and may or may not be considered in the selection process.
  • Official grade transcript.

Award Amount

Open to renewal candidate only – not accepting new applications.

Application Deadline

June 1, 2021 (for renewal candidate)

Application Access Code


Renewal Details

Renewable for consecutive sophomore, junior and senior years provided recipient maintains full-time status and a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average with passing grades for all courses taken, continues to demonstrate financial need, and continues to pursue a youth related course of study.  A new recipient for the award will be identified once every four years.

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