Send Applications To:

P.O. Box 9242
Michigan City, IN 46361

The Susan Hay Hemminger Scholarship Foundation is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit, private educational foundation that awards up to $5,000 in tuition scholarships to applicants who are:

  • Legal residents of LaPorte County, Indiana; and
  • Graduates of a high school district that includes LaPorte County in its boundaries; and
  • Accepted/enrolled in a two- or four-year undergraduate program at an accredited institution

We do not discriminate based on age, race, or ethnic/national origin. Awards are for one year, but winners can re-apply for later years during the annual process.

Award winners must repay the award if they don’t use it for tuition, or don’t finish the school year due to avoidable circumstances. We choose winners based on

  • Financial need — from parent/guardian resources (or applicant’s if relevant)
  • Academic achievement — from high school & college (if attending) records
  • Service & leadership — from active participation in non-academic activities or service projects, balanced with need to work and/or help out with family
  • Ability & commitment — from what you have achieved while handling life’s issues

Start by downloading the PDF Application


Susan Hay Hemminger Scholarship Foundation Looks Forward to 26th Anniversary Year.

Since 1995, the Foundation has made 341 awards totaling $971,100 to 210 separate individuals. Awards to be made in 2020, our 26th anniversary year, will increase the total amount awarded to over $1 million.

About Susan Hay Hemminger

Susan Jeanne Hay was born in Indianapolis in 1958. She was raised in Michigan City, and graduated from Rogers Sr. High School in 1976. Susan graduated from the University of Michigan in 1980 and earned a law degree from Valparaiso University in 1983.

Susan was an attorney in private practice in LaPorte County from 1983 until 1990, when she was elected Judge of LaPorte Superior Court No. 4. The first female judge in LaPorte County’s history, Susan served in that office until her death in September of 1993.

Judge Hemminger was a founder of the LaPorte Teen Court, president of the Michigan City chapter of Tri Kappa service sorority, a board member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Meals on Wheels, and was a deacon and lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Michigan City.