Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship Nomination

Now Accepting Applications for 2021 Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship

The Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship Fund was created to honor one of Madison?s most dynamic and visionary leaders, Ms. Betty Franklin-Hammonds. With her passing in April 1999, this scholarship was started through a generous endowment from the Madison Community Foundation with subsequent gifts added by friends, family and people in the community. The Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship rewards the accomplishments of graduating seniors seeking to further their education beyond high school, with special attention given to those who have faced particular economic and/or social obstacles on their journey to educational advancement. Scholarship recipients receive a one-time, $750 scholarship.

Nominations are accepted from any Dane County high school. Nominees are selected based on their academic performance, community involvement, and volunteer service outside of school.? All Dane County schools (public or private) are eligible and encouraged to nominate students.

To submit a complete nomination for consideration, please submit the following nomination elements by 5:00pm on Friday, December 11, 2020. The essay component may be submitted directly by the nominee via email to

  1. Complete and submit the below nomination form
  2. Submit a copy of the nominee’s transcripts via email to
  3. The nominee should complete and submit an essay, no longer than 500 words in length, for each of the 3 following prompts (3 total essay responses of 500 words or less):
    1. What are the goals you intend to pursue in your life and what role will higher education play in your plan for accomplishing these goals?
    2. How will you share your accomplishments with your community in order to help improve it?
    3. What has been the biggest challenge you have had personally and how have you handled that challenge?

Awards will be announced as a part of a virtual event during the MLK holiday weekend. More details about the virtual event will be shared as we get closer to MLK Day.

Betty Franklin-Hammonds Scholarship Nomination Form

  • Describe the personal qualities and characteristics of the nominee that you believe qualify him or her for a post-secondary scholarship that honors Betty Franklin-Hammonds.
  • Please describe the nominee's involvement in community service, volunteerism, and other contributions that nominee has made to building a better community.
  • Please describe the nominee's honors, awards, AP classes, internships, or other special recognitions received during high school.
  • Describe any other reasons why you are nominating this individual for a scholarship.

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