Named as a tribute to Mr. Simmermaker, the Samuel P. Simmermaker Journalism & Communications Scholarship is a nonrenewable award of $1,000 open to all Columbus North High School seniors planning to pursue a college degree in journalism or communications.

Mr. Simmermaker has been an outstanding advocate in the community for more than 50 years. He is most notably known for his work as Sports Director for WCSI, totaling more than 3,550 live ball game broadcasts.  He is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame and the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

*Scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale)

Past Simmermaker Recipients:

  • 2010 Natalie Bush,         University of Missouri
  • 2011 Emili Hefler,           Ball State University
  • 2012 Katie Kutsko,         University of Kansas
  • 2013 Erika Espinosa,     Ball State University
  • 2014 Hannah Patton,     Ball State University
  • 2015 Alexis Dykes
  • 2016 Lillyanne Pham
  • 2017 Katherine Stewart
  • 2018 Brian Keith Wilson
  • 2019 Caitlin Ward
  • 2022 Michaela Brown
  • 2022 Grace Chapman