James R. '53 and Lou Taylor Axelberg '53 Endowed Scholarship
James R. and Lou Taylor Axelberg, both members of the Class of 1953, met while students at Franklin College. Jim graduated with a degree in business and, after serving in Korea, became president of General Sheet Metal Works in South Bend, Indiana. Upon graduation with a degree in education, Lou began teaching what she loved - music. During the years since graduation, the Axelbergs have been faithful Franklin College supporters and leaders in their church and community. Known as "a friend to many," Jim has formed lifetime friendships with people from all walks of life. Lou's involvement in music has touched people of all ages and influenced many students. Because of their loyalty to their alma mater, The James R. '53 and Lou Taylor Axelberg '53 Endowed Scholarship is a fitting legacy to this remarkable couple.
The recipient must meet full-time enrollment requirements as outlined in the most current Franklin College catalog. Financial need must be demonstrated to be eligible for this award. The recipient need not be in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduation class. The Axelberg Endowed Scholarship may be renewed annually as long as the recipient maintains a satisfactory grade point average and demonstrates continued financial need.