Purpose: For a student with at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership ability, and who will be pursuing a degree in education. Preference will be given to applicants who attended Central Elementary School in Martinsville.
History: This scholarship was established by Ruth Shane Pearcy to honor the memory of her beloved husband of nearly 60 years, Henry E. Pearcy, Sr.. Henry was a native of Morgan County, born July 21, 1922. In 1940 he graduated from Martinsville High School, and married Ruth in 1942. Mr. Pearcy graduated from the Indiana State Teacher’s College with a master in Education in 1948. He was also known for his basketball ability, playing on the Indiana State team, the Indiana All-Star team, and playing for the Detroit Falcons in the NBA. During World War II he was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and flew 33 missions over Germany in a B-24 Bomber.
Mr. Pearcy had a remarkable career as an educator, coach, and administrator, serving as the Principal of Martinsville High School for 22 years. He was active in his local community, especially in the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville. He highly valued education and encouraged many to dedicate themselves to the education profession. He was a member of the Indiana State Principals Association and was Indiana’s principal of the year in 1982. Mr. Pearcy retired in 1986. This scholarship was created to honor his memory and his lifelong dedication to education and the youth of Morgan County.