Robbie Pribush Scholarship
At 17, Rob Pribush possessed many characteristics uncommon for a teenager. He was creative and a born entrepreneur. While in elementary school, he began a Christmas cookie business that became so popular he hired employees to help him in his endeavor! He had a sense of humor and approached new experiences with enthusiasm and optimism. Rob had a love of history not often found in teenagers and was eager to research and learn about areas of interest. Perhaps most endearing was the value he placed on his friendships. Rob was a friend to many and to anyone who needed a friend. He was the person who would help others build relationships and fit into new situations. In the fall of 2000, early in his senior year at Center Grove High School, Rob was tragically killed in an automobile accident. Franklin College Trustee Clifford H. Dietz and his wife, Paula, wanted to ensure that Rob's legacy would touch generations of Franklin College students, so they began the effort to establish the Rob Pribush Memorial Endowed Scholarship at Franklin College. With the support of Rob's parents, Bonnie, director of leadership at Franklin College, and Bob, chair of the chemistry department at Butler University, and other family and friends, the endowment grew. In 2005, Lilly Endowment provided matching funds to Franklin College for gifts from individuals to support endowed scholarships. Leadership Johnson County designated that matching funds received from gifts from LJC alumni should be directed to the Rob Pribush Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and in 2006 the scholarship was fully funded. Rob's desire to live a well-rounded and balanced life - understanding the importance of academics while embracing opportunies for new experiences and caring about others - is the model of a Franklin College education.
The recipient of the Robbie Pribush Endowed Scholarship will be a freshman student in the top 25 percent of his/her high school class who is an enthusiastic participant in school and/or community activities and organizations. Eligible students should complete the application and submit it with a letter of recommendation to the Office of Financial Aid. An interview with the Director of Leadership or the Director of Service Learning may be requested. In freshman year, recipient must participate in one campus organization and submit a letter of recommendation from the advisor; in sophomore year, recipient must participate in one service activity or service learning course and submit letter of recommendation from the sponsor or professor; by end of junior year, recipient must complete one LEA course.