Foundation announces math scholarship

Thursday, June 6, 2013
Avery Cole Robinson was recently awarded the Wilma and Forrest Hadley Scholarship. Pictured above is Robinson with Wilma Hadley.

Wilma Hadley's love of math was the inspiration for starting a new scholarship, which will benefit Putnam County scholars who wish to teach mathematics.

The ideal candidate is a graduating Putnam County senior, graduating in the top 10 percent of their class, who wishes to obtain a degree in mathematics and teach school.

The scholarship was awarded for the first time this spring to Avery Cole Robinson, who won the Top Calculus Student award from Greencastle High School and studied Calculus III at DePauw University in the fall of 2012.

Robinson also studied Latin and Chinese and was editor of the newspaper. He plans to go on and study math at the University of Chicago in the fall.

The Wilma and Forrest Hadley Scholarship is a one-year award, but preference will be given to prior scholarship recipients

Wilma C. (Sutherlin) Hadley was born on Oct. 11, 1917 just southwest of Roachdale. After graduating from Roachdale High School in 1935 and Central Normal College (later known as Canterbury College), she joined a teacher placement firm, which placed her in Hamlet Ind. When World War II started, she returned home to Putnam County and married Forrest Hadley who was a farmer and carpenter.

Hadley taught math, latin and physical education. Throughout Hadley's teaching career, she taught in Hamlet, Roachdale, Danville, Hillsboro, Richland Township, Fountain County, Ladoga and most recently at Southmont High School. She remains in contact with several former students to this day.

Anyone may contribute to the Wilma and Forrest Hadley Scholarship Endowment or start a new endowment in his/her own name.

Contributions to the Endowment may be made payable to the Putnam County Community Foundation with "Hadley Scholarship" in the memo, and mailed to 2 S. Jackson St., Greencastle, Ind. 46135 or online at

Community Foundation staff are available to help donors make gifts of cash, stock, retirement assets, life insurance, bequests, real estate and other types of gifts.

The Community Foundation has been entrusted with more than 240 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes. To learn more about starting your own legacy, visit or contact the office at 653-4978.

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  • Wilma is almost 96 years old with no children to look after her affairs. I hope that she made this decision on her own without persuasion from outside parties.

    -- Posted by oldlady on Sat, Jun 8, 2013, at 7:46 PM
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