The G. L. & Elsie H. Downing Scholarship is available to students whose principal residence is in Mason County, Kentucky, or whose parents reside in Mason County.


On April 9, 1995, Mrs. Elsie Hatfield Downing passed away in Maysville, Kentucky.  Mrs. Downing was known as a woman who loved the Mason County community, and wanted to make a difference in the quality of life of its citizens.  In her life, many, if not most of her generous acts were done without fanfare.  As her final gesture after her death, and in the words of the late John W. McNeill III,her attorney and executor, Elsie Downing "...used her possessions, her money and her property, first to r
emember her friends and then to significantly improve the lives of people she has never met or known, all the time being secure in the realization that in helping a neighbor, even an unknown one, she helped every one of us."  As a beneficiary of her estate, Hayswood Foundation was instructed to create a perpetual scholarship program for Mason County residents.  Since its beginning in 1997, the G. L. & Elsie H. Downing Scholarship program has distributed over $3 million to 151 recipients.






Contact Us

Hayswood Foundation, Inc.
1 W. McDonald Parkway, Suite 3A, Maysville, Ky. 41056
Phone:  (606) 563-9333    Fax:  (606) 563-9444

Application forms for
2022-2023 school year in early 2022 will
be available in
February of 2022.

Community Service Form & Instructions

The applicant must be a current resident of Mason County, Kentucky.  The applicant, or the applicant's parents, must have maintained a principal residence in Mason County for at least two years immediately prior to an application's submission.  The number of years of residency will determine the total number of years that an applicant may qualify to receive the scholarship.

Applicants must be under the age of 25 at the time of initial application, and must not have already completed or attended four years of college.  Scholarships are not awarded for post-graduate study.

Members of the families of the directors or staff of the Foundation, and of the original donor, are ineligible.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited high school, or have completed at least one year of study at an accredited college or university in the United States.  Applicants must be attending, or planning to attend, and accredited U. S. college or university.

High school students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better.  College students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or better.

Complete applications are due about the third week of April each year.  The exact date will be posted on this site, and indicated in the application form.  "Complete" applications include the application form, all required attachments, and letters of recommendation (if applicable).  Specific instructions will be included in the application form.


Selection is based on a combination of academics, extra-curricular activities, and financial need.  Every effort is made to finalize the selection of recipients by the end of May, but delays are often unavoidable due to the nature of the selection process.

The amount of each award will be calculated based on the recipient's qualifying expenses, and the amount of grants and scholarships received from other sources.  Qualifying expenses include tuition, room and board, books, and certain class-related fees.  The scholarship may be renewed for up to three additional years, provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements.


Once selected, scholarship recipients must complete 10 hours of volunteer community service each year, as a condition of receiving a scholarship, and as a requirement for reapplying to renew a scholarship for additional years.  See the report form and instructions for more information about this requirement.