About the ADM Scholarship Foundation


What is the Foundation?

The Adel DeSoto Minburn Community School District Scholarship Foundation Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded to provide financial assistance to Adel DeSoto Minburn graduating seniors. The Foundation’s goal is to provide assistance to all graduating seniors who go on to post-high school education.


In 1982, Stan Norenberg, the Principal of Adel DeSoto High School was inspired by a conversation with Chet Elston, a local radio and television personality and the keynote speaker for the high school’s annual Honor Society Program, to investigate the possibilities of a scholarship foundation. Chet Elston believed strongly enough in a scholarship program for the school district to become the first donor by contributing $150. Norenberg worked to gather support for a foundation, and by 1983, the Foundation was established. Hugh Norman was selected as the first president of the Foundation. Mr. Norman’s organizational skills and fundraising experience were instrumental in a successful start for the new program. The first board of Trustee members included W. E. Anderson, Darrell Bauman, Jan Daly, Vern Danilson, Wilma Hall Mitchell, Doug Hjort, Stan Norenberg, Hugh Norman and Phyllis York. The original Board established the goal of the Foundation to give every Adel DeSoto Minburn graduate a $1,000 scholarship to be used for higher education.

Who is eligible?

All Adel DeSoto Minburn seniors planning on any kind of post-high school education are eligible.

What are the qualifications for a scholarship?

During the selection process equal consideration is given to four areas: scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, financial need, and personal comments.

Who selects the recipients?

The members of the Board of Trustees serve as the selection committee. All applicants are anonymous during the selection process.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

To apply for a scholarship through the ADM Scholarship Program click on “Apply for a Scholarship” on the left side of this page and follow the instructions.

When are scholarship awards announced?

Students receiving scholarships are announced at graduation each year.

Where does the money come from?

Tax-deductible contributions are made by individuals, clubs, businesses, memorials and others. These funds are invested to create earned income. It is the goal of the foundation to fulfill all expenses and scholarship awards from these investment earnings.

How much of the contributions go to scholarships?

The trustees receive no compensation for the personal time and expertise devoted to the organization. While minimal operating expenses are incurred, more than 98% of the contributions are committed to the income earning investments. The foundation’s goal is to raise $2,000,000 and give a scholarship to every graduating senior who is pursuing further education.

ADM Scholarship Foundation Privacy Statement

We are committed to the protection of your privacy. This commitment means that we will not share your personal information with any person, agency, organization, or entity other than with service providers who perform services for us and who agree to keep your information confidential and as is required by law. We do, however, list the names of donors to the Foundation in various publications, including on our website and in the High School Commencement program. No other information besides the donor name and level of giving is listed. Donors who do not wish to have this information listed can contact the president of the Foundation and your name will be removed. Should our information sharing practices change so that we intend to share your information with anyone besides those listed, we will post the new policy on this website. 

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