Madison Educational Foundation, Madison SD
Our Scholarships

The Ben Bundy Memorial Scholarship
Ben Bundy graduated from Madison High School in 2008. During his school years he participated in many different extra-curricular activities including band, football and power-lifting. Ben also was involved in church activities and Boy Scouts. He was attending Southwest Minnesota State University when he passed away from a brain aneurysm in February, 2010. 

The Bundy family and friends established this scholarship in Ben's honor to continue to help others as Ben did during his lifetime. The recipient of this scholarship will be a person who has made an impact on his/her fellow students, school and community and who share's Ben's philosophy of caring for others. 

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who participated in music, sports, and school and community activities and demonstrated a concern for the well being of others.

The Timothy E. and Monica Campbell Family Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Tim and Monica Campbell in 2012 to honor their children, Clay '04, and Kelsey Campbell Marker '06, who participated in music at MHS.  Monica served the Foundation as its first Executive Director for five years.  

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior planning to major or minor in either vocal or instrumental music with priority given to Music Education majors in either field.

The Jim Cordts Memorial Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2015 by family members and friends as a way to remember and honor Jim Cordts, a former Madison High School educator and coach.  This scholarship was endowed in December, 2015.  Jim passed away at his home under hospice care on November 5, 2014.  Among his many achievements, Cordts was named the South Dakota High School Coaches' Association's Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1982. 
This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who has participated in cross country and/or track and field, who has demonstrated good character, leadership, community service and generosity--all traits that Jim Cordts embodied.

The Julian Freitag Endowed Scholarship

Julian Freitag graduated from Madison High School in 2009.  He was involved in many activities and enjoyed many friendships. This scholarship was established by friends and family of Julian Freitag, who passed away in 2014 resulting from injuries sustained in a car accident.

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who will attend Dakota State University, where Julian attended college.  Highest consideration will be given to the applicant's participation in school and community activities and the applicant's exemplification of the spirit in which Julian lived--foremost; loving life, family and friends, appreciating his/her hometown, and bringing a smile and a helping hand to those who need it.

The Dennis Hegg Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Dennis Hegg was a band director at MHS for 12 years and a member of the Madison School Board from 2004-2009.  This scholarship was started in 2013 to honor Dennis Hegg, who instilled the love of music in thousands of high school students throughout his career as band director.  Dennis and his wife, Barbara have three sons.  Their youngest, John is an MHS grad.

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who will participate in band during their college career.  The current band director will review applications for this scholarship and will make his/her recommendation to the Foundation Board.

The Mary Johnson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2015 by Mary Johnson's family as a way to remember and honor her as a former district employee in Food Service and a mother and grandmother to Madison High School alumni.  Mary Bartmann emigrated to the U.S. from Germany in 1951 when she was 20 years old to help relatives who farmed near Montrose.  She married Bernard Johnson in 1956 and he couple farmed in Lake County.  All six of their children and six of their grandchildren attended Madison Central Schools.  Mary learned English as an adult so language fluency was important to her.

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who has demonstrated an aptitude for learning a foreign language, who plans to attend college to continue studying foreign language or education, to teach ESL.

The Evelyn Jones Endowed Scholarship

Evelyn Krueger was a member of the Madison High School Class of 1930. After graduation, she obtained her teaching certificate at Eastern State Normal School and taught for one year in Junius. She earned a B.S. degree in library science from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee and a B.S. in nursing from Yale University. Evelyn married Frank Jones and settled in Delaware where she worked as a teacher, librarian and nurse there and in Washington, D.C. Three years after her husband's death in 1996, Evelyn's failing health precipitated her to move to Bethel Lutheran Home in Madison, where she passed away on September 28, 2001. The school district received $161,288.52 from the estate which was sent to the Madison Central School Educational Foundation to invest, with the interest on the investment to be used to provide a scholarship in her name.

Evelyn's gift has helped many Madison students attend college. We are grateful for her generosity and the impact it has made over the past 20 years.  As an endowed scholarship, there will always be an Evelyn Krueger Jones Scholarship at Madison High School, which is a wonderful legacy to leave one's high school and one's community.

The interest on investment of the fund will be awarded equally to all MHS seniors with a grade point average of 4.0 or greater, as the Evelyn Krueger Jones Scholarship.

The MHS STEM Endowed Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2015 by Mike Stunes, Class of 2007, who wanted to give back to Madison High School in gratitude for the education and extra-curricular experiences he received there.  Stunes had been pondering ways to give back to MHS since he toured the renovated High School during the All-School Reunion weekend.  He told the Foundation that he owes a lot to the generosity of others, STEM education is important to him, and he wanted to give back to MHS in a meaningful way, through the Foundation.
Mike's interests are not limited to the hard sciences.  He also enjoyed participating in band, debate, Boys State and Student Congress. He gives credit to those activities for shaping him into the person he is today.  After graduating from MHS in 2007, Mike attended M.I.T. and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2011 and 2012. He works at VMware in Palo Alto, California.  

This scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who is in the top ten students of his/her graduating class, who plans to major in science, technology, engineering or math, and who has participated in at least one of these school activities: marching band, concert band, jazz band, concert choir show or jazz choir, one-act play, spring play/musical, any theater, band, choir or orchestra organization outside of school, oral interpretation, debate, student congress or Boys or Girls State.

The Rotary/Don E. Gross Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Rotary/Don Gross Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2015 by Don's family and Madison Rotary Members as a way to remember and honor Don Gross.  As a Rotarian for 44 years and a long-time Madison resident, Don believed hard work was its own reward and a way to contribute to the forward progression of society.  He and Patricia are the parents of three MHS grads and five grandchildren who are attending Madison Central schools.

The annual Don Gross Memorial Golf Tournament is organized each July by Madison Rotary at the Madison Golf and Country Club, which continues to provide funds to the endowment.

The scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who has demonstrated a solid work ethic, has financial need and has achieved academic success.  Preference will be given to currently employed applicants and/or those with current or past community service experiences.

The George L. & Marcene E. Scully Scholarship
This scholarship was started in 2008 by the grandchildren of George L. Scully, a 1935 Madison Central graduate. George was a lifelong Madison resident. His dedication to community service included serving in the South Dakota House of Representatives and on the South Dakota Board of Education, Board of Water & Natural Resources, and Madison Hospital Board. In addition, he was a member of the Mundt Foundation, American Legion, VFW, and Elks Lodge. 

The Scully children re-named the scholarship in 2014 to honor their mother, Marcene Scully whose love and support enabled their family to do great things in the community.  

The George and Marcene Scully Scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior involved in community service or student leadership who is pursuing a degree in agriculture, medicine or law at a South Dakota school. 

STEP-UP for Scholarships Program 

Customers of Madison Municipal Utilities have the opportunity to help fund scholarships for Madison High School students by allowing their monthly municipal utility bills to be rounded up to the nearest whole dollar. The additional amount is given to the Madison Central School Educational Foundation to build a scholarship fund to provide a scholarship to each Madison High School graduate who continues their education at Dakota State University and meets the program eligibility requirements. A customer would not pay more than $11.88 a year. 

If you are a City of Madison utility consumer and wish to participate in the STEP-UP Program, please call the City Finance Office at 256-7504 or e-mail the city at

The Ray and Marcia Wenk Family Scholarship

Ray "Bud" and Marcia Wenk established this scholarship in 2011 to honor their children and grandchildren who are MHS alumni or who are attending Madison Central Schools.  It is designed to assist current MHS students to attend extra-curricular camps.  Students must apply for this scholarship to attend summer workshops, seminars and camps and is intended for students to learn and bring back what they learn to share with others in their extra-curricular activity.

The Glen Wilbur Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Glen Wilbur was a principal in the Lake Central (Madison) School District for 34 years.  Members of the Class of 1970 founded this endowment in the Fall of 2015, following their 45th Class Reunion as a way to express their gratitude for the education they received at Madison High School.

Glen Wilbur was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  He served in the US Army in the South Pacific in World War II.  He married Lois Clark of Beresford, SD.  They moved to Vermillion, SD, where Glen attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1952.  He taught and coached at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison for four years.  While earning his Master's degree from USD in the summers, he taught, coached and was Principal at Washington Elementary for five years.  He served another four years as Principal before moving to Madison Junior High School to be Principal for three years.  He finished his career as Principal of Madison High School for 18 years, retiring in 1986.

The Glen Wilbur Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a MHS senior who is pursuing a degree in education.