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Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship

Helping Phantom Regiment Corps members achieve their educational goals.

Spring Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Spring application cycle. The application is open March 1st to April 15th every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant must
- Be a graduating high school senior or four-year college/university student.
- Be a marching member of the Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps.
- Demonstrate financial need.


Academic performance will be given moderate priority in the selection process.

Applicants may reside anywhere in the United States.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

Diane Thompson-Wells was a long-time benefactor of the Phantom Regiment and a devoted step-mother to three children; two of which were multi-year members of the Corps.  Her contributions to the Corps included sewing drum covers and flag bags for members. She traveled extensively to shows delivering pay checks to staff, restocking souvenir items, and supporting her step children.  Her service to the Corps included being a member of the Board of Directors with positions of Treasurer and Board President (1997).

Diane grew up on the family farm of rented land in central Iowa, and earned her way through Iowa State University and Drake University with an MBA.  Professionally she was a Certified Management Accountant at Sundstrand Corporation (now Collins Aerospace Rockford) having the position of Director of Electronics Finance when she passed.

Diane Thompson-Wells passed away on June 16, 2000. Friends and family describe her as always striving to do her best, to be a leader, and encouraging others to do so as well.

A scholarship was created in her name to help support the educational goals of the Regiment’s members.  The Diane Thompson-Wells Memorial Scholarship is available for active members of the Phantom Regiment who have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who are enrolled in or will be enrolled in an accredited college or university for the fall semester. A scholarship is awarded once a year.