Edgar Hamilton Kilbourne
Making a Difference
Several years ago, it was suggested the Scholarship Committee should provide a thumbnail sketch about Edgar Hamilton Kilbourne to
each scholarship recipient. The committee now gives you a brief account of the life of this outstanding Fort Wayne citizen who did so
much to help young people get a college education. The Committee hopes this account will give you something of the flavor of Mr.
Kilbourne’s long and active life.
For those of us who served on the Scholarship Committee for years, he will always be a friend, a benefactor, and a person who left an
indelible imprint on us all. His generosity and dedication to youth was his magnificent obsession. His dream for young people continues to
live through scholarships he has funded.
There is no way anyone can completely capture the personality, the dedication, or the life of Edgar Hamilton “Cap” Kilbourne. He was a
unique individual, a rugged entrepreneur, a man whose career could easily fit into the biographical section of the Reader’s Digest, and a
leader of men with a heart to encompass everyone, everywhere.
At his death on January 19th, 1978, Mr. Kilbourne was recognized as an outstanding realtor, a civic leader, and a philanthropist of note. He
died at his home on Old Mill Road.
In 1946 Mr. Kilbourne established the E.H. Kilbourne Charitable, Educational, Religious Endowment Fund at Lincoln National Bank & Trust
Company, now known as Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. This fund was to be used specifically to assist with college expenses for those who met
his rather demanding criteria. Between 1946 and 1978, the Trust gave countless thousands of dollars to help young people go to college.
Since his death, even more money has been available to carry on the plan he so energetically started.
Mr. Kilbourne’s life reads like a Horatio Alger tale. He began his working career at the age of nine near the end of the nineteenth century in
Baltimore, where he was born. He subsequently moved to Detroit and was employed in a harness and manufacturing business there. In
1905, he moved to Fort Wayne, where he was employed by Johns and Thompson Company and headed sales of harnesses, horse
collars, saddles, blankets and robes.
In 1912, he entered the real estate business where he specialized in industrial and commercial real estate. Four year later, in 1916, he
assisted in the organization of the Fort Wayne Real Estate Exchange, which later became the Fort Wayne Real Estate Board. In 1918, he
began his long association with the J.C. Penney Company. Mr. Kilbourne and J.C. Penney became close friends. Mr. Kilbourne became
Penney’s counselor in real estate in 1927 at the company’s national headquarters in New York City.
He retuned to Fort Wayne in 1931 to take over active management of Kilbourne and Perry Realties, Inc. and Lupke Realty, which were
engaged in the business of buying, selling and appraising of commercial and industrial real estate.
Mr. Kilbourne was also president of Wayne Theatres, operators of a chain of theaters, and Nu-Enamel, operator of a chain of paint stores.
A person of great influence in the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Kilbourne was instrumental in helping bring major industries such as U.S.
Rubber, International Harvester, Salisbury Axle Division of Dana Corporation, and North American Van Lines to Fort Wayne. He played a
leading role in acquiring land for such local landmarks as the former Wolf and Dessauer store building, the Lincoln Tower, and Parkview
A Thirty-Third Degree Mason, Mr. Kilbourne held almost every Masonic office of note in both the York and Scottish Rite bodies of the
Masonic Order. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Fort Wayne Rotary
Club, and a past Indiana State Chairman of the U.S.O.
He was past president of the Fort Wayne Board of Realtors, a Trustee of the Fort Wayne YMCA, a Board of Trustees member of the Urban
League, and a committee member of the National Urban League. He served Parkview Hospital as a member of the board and was a
former chairman of the Allen County Welfare Board. As chairman of the First Presbyterian Church’s Board of Trustees, he was influential
in the selection of the West Wayne Street location for that congregation’s building site.
Today, Mr. Kilbourne’s remains lie in a magnificent, Italian marble mausoleum just inside the main gate of Lindenwood Cemetery. Carved
over the door is the authentic signature of this gracious gentleman who gave so much to the young people of Allen County, Indiana.
For the Committee: Jack E. Weicker, South Side High School Principal, Long time Kilbourne Scholarship Committee Member 1990.
E. H. Kilbourne Scholarship Program
The E. H. Kilbourne Scholarship Program was established by the E. H. Kilbourne Trust and is administered by Wells
Fargo Bank, Trustee in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to assist students who plan to continue their education in college or
vocational school programs. Renewable scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution
of the student’s choice.
This scholarship program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a division of Scholarship America®.
Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement
programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color,
creed, sexual orientation, gender, disability or national origin.
Applicants to the E. H. Kilbourne Scholarship Program must -
Be residents of Allen County, IN, for a continuous period of one year prior to April 1 of the year of their
selection as scholarship recipients,
Be high school seniors attending Allen County high schools or their equivalent in Allen County,
Plan to enroll in full-time study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university or a
vocational/technical school for the entire upcoming academic year,
Provide verification that they are affiliated with or are a member of a church or religious organization,
Provide verification that they are ranked in the top 50% of their graduating class, and
Be US citizens.
Number of awards and the range of amounts will be determined annually by the Sponsor. The number of awards will be
allocated among the various Allen County high schools based on the number of enrolled high school seniors at each
school. Provided there are qualified applicants, each school will receive at least one award. Awards may be renewed for
up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon
satisfactory academic performance in a full-time course of study.
Awards are for undergraduate study only.
Interested students must submit their completed application to their high school guidance counselor no later than
January 31, 2013 or earlier as established by the high school.
Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all necessary information. Instructions for completing the
Financial Data section of the application are included. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore,
answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is
considered confidential and is reviewed by the high school guidance counselors; the school scholarship committee; Wells
Fargo Bank, Trustee; and Scholarship Management Services.
SELECTION OF RECIPIENTS
Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school
and community activities, honors, work experience, goals and aspirations essay, unusual personal or family
circumstances, an applicant appraisal, and financial need. Once scholarship recipients are selected, financial data is
reviewed to determine the amount of each award.
Selection of recipients is made in part by the high school guidance counselors, the high school scholarship selection
committees, the sponsor and Scholarship Management Services. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.
Applicants will be notified in early May. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients.
PAYMENT OF SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of the sponsor. Payments are made in one
installment on August 1. Checks are mailed to each recipient's home address and are made payable to the school for the
Recipients are required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or
other relevant information and to send a complete transcript and yearly financial information when requested.
The E. H. Kilbourne Trust administered by Wells Fargo Bank, Trustee, Fort Wayne, IN, reserves the right to review the
conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the
Questions regarding the scholarship program should be addressed to your high school guidance counselor or you may
call Scholarship Management Services at One Scholarship Way, Saint Peter, MN 56082 and ask for the E. H. Kilbourne
Scholarship Program Manager at 1-507-931-1682, or toll-free at 1-800-537-4180.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE FINANCIAL DATA SECTION OF THE APPLICATION
The Financial Data section of the application should be completed by the applicant’s parents or guardian.
Information should be from a completed tax return or based on estimated information to be filed with the IRS.
1. State of Residence is the state where the parents reside and pay state income tax.
2. Adjusted Gross Income can be found on IRS FORM 1040 and is gross income reduced by specific
adjustments allowed by law.
3. Total Federal Tax Paid includes the total amount of federal income tax to be paid as reported on IRS FORM
1040. This is not the amount withheld from employee’s paychecks. (The amount withheld should be adjusted
by any refund or additional taxes due.) Do not report state income tax.
4. Total Income of parent(s) should be reported individually. Provide information for both natural parents, when
possible. If the student resides with only one parent, financial information must be received from the
parent who claims the child as a dependent for tax purposes. If a parent has remarried, the spouse’s
information is required if the spouse is a legal guardian of the student, or claims the student as a dependent,
or the student is included in the spouse’s benefit plan. If necessary, two Financial Data sections may be
submitted by the student. A copy of the Financial Data section may be made in order for one to be
completed by each parent.
5. Untaxed Income and Benefits include any other income or benefits not included in the adjusted gross
income figure. Do not include untaxed contributions to retirement plans.
6. Medical and Dental Expenses include only those expenses not paid by insurance. Do not include premium
7. Total Cash, Checking, Savings, Cash Value of Stocks, etc., include liquid assets that can be used for
educational expenses. Do not include IRA, 401k, or other retirement plan funds.
8. Total number of family members living in the household and primarily supported by the reported income
the applicant’s parents
other children living in the household
dependent college students living away from home
other people who live in the household and receive more than half of their support from the reported
9. Marital Status is the current status of the person from whom the financial information is submitted.
10. Of the total number of family members on line 8, number of students attending college includes family
members attending a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school at least half-time.
Include the applicant in this number. Do not include parents.
NOTE: Any exceptions to providing financial information as instructed above must be submitted to Scholarship
Management Services in writing.