Helen L. Limerick Memorial Scholarship

This need-based scholarship was established in 2009 by Helen’s niece, Dorothy Bailey to provide support to a student pursuing a two-year college degree, or plan to attend a trade school or an apprenticeship program. Helen Louise Limerick was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1915. At the age of seven years, she was orphaned and went to live with an older sister in Springfield, Ohio. She attended school in Springfield. During the great depression of the 1930’s, Helen had to drop out of school and go to work. She continued working until the age of 74. Most of her employment was a domestic help. During her working career, she never made more than $40 a week.

Helen was a frugal, devout christian. Even though her income was meager, she saved and invested enough money to pay for her final expenses. She paid for her funeral and burial, her time living in assisted living, and her final months in health care. When she died at the age of 93, the money remaining from her insurance was used to seed this scholarship fund to help other young people get an education. As a devout christian, Helen would be happy that she is instrumental in helping other people pursue an education.


Since its establishment in 2009, the Helen L. Limerick Memorial Scholarship, in partnership with the Hamilton Community Foundation, has awarded more than $5,000 in scholarships to students pursuing higher education.