The Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1979 in memory of Thad Snodgrass. Thad was a sixteen year old DuPont High School student-athlete who was killed by a drunk driver on the night of December 23rd, 1978. Thad was an outstanding student and athlete at DuPont High School. The Scholarship Fund was created to perpetuate the memory of his contribution in a manner that would provide scholarship aid to worthy students of outstanding promise in the years to come at DuPont High School.

A community volunteer group established a Board of Directors with the objective of raising funds for this purpose. Through the incentive of the Sarah and Pauline Maier Scholarship Foundation, Inc. which proposed to match the amount of funds raised by the community, a total of $40,000 was raised locally. Thus, a total of $80,000 was set aside for investment purposes to produce future earnings to award scholarships to qualified DuPont High School seniors to attend college. The TSMSF has grown to over $772,516.00 due to generous contributions. Only the interest earnings of this investment are utilized toward annual scholarship awards. All contributions are allocated 100% to the scholarship program.

Since the Fund's inception in 1979 through 2018, the Fund has awarded over $456,000 in scholarship money to 291 graduating seniors. An amazing fact is that all of the 291 recipients thus far have either graduated or are still matriculating.

The overall objective of the Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship Fund is to improve the academic and intellectual interest of the students while perpetuating the memory of the many qualities of the one for whom the Scholarship Fund honors, Thad Snodgrass.


The Board of Directors of the Thad Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., through the direction of the Sarah and Pauline Maier Foundation, established the criteria for the awards, which includes the following:

Initially the scholarships were awarded to DuPont High School seniors, but since the consolidation of DuPont and East Bank high schools, following the bylaws, the program was transferred. Since June of 2000, the scholarship has been available to all Riverside High School seniors and is awarded annually. The scholarships are available for use only at the following universities: