Colglazier work day inspires kids to give back


When Carrie Colglazier graduated from Hamilton Southeastern High School in 2001, she left a lasting impact. That impact still remains 17 years later, after Colglazier was killed be a drunk driver after her freshman year of college at Butler University.


During her high school years, Colglazier was involved in track, soccer, Future Farmers of America and National Honor Society. Now, students those activities have the opportunity to receive a $12,000 scholarship in Colglazier’s name. It was established 15 years ago by HSE athletic director Jim Self.

The scholarship is funded, in part, by an annual work day, where HSE students complete a day of work for local businesses.

Self said approximately 125 students volunteer that day. This year’s work day is set for March 24.

“What I really like about that is these kids have no idea who Carrie was, and they do it as a way to just carry on what Carrie was doing,”  he said. “What has been amazing is really the kids have changed from year to year who work the work day, but the employers have been fairly consistent. Employers throughout town hire two to eight kids and put them to work for the day.”

The scholarship is awarded in May to a student during HSE’s senior awards night. 

“I really wanted it to be a way to keep Carrie’s legacy at HSE alive and continue to tell her story and the impact she made while she was a student,” Self said. “She was a young lady that touched a lot of lives here.”

For more or to register for the work day, visit