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Scholarship fund will honor memory of Madelynn Troutt, Bellarmine Class of 2025


Madelynn Troutt, a 17-year-old senior and cheerleader from Butler High School, planned to study nursing at Bellarmine University in the fall of 2021. On March 1, 2021, a tragic car crash involving a wrong-way driver took her life. She was described by friends as a hardworking athlete and someone who could light up a room with her smile. The Madelynn Troutt Memorial Nursing Scholarship is being created to honor and remember her. 

"She will always be a part of the Class of 2025, and this scholarship will allow us to remember her.” 


To support this scholarship fund, visit On the giving form, in the memorial/honorary gift field, note that your gift is for the Madelynn Troutt Memorial Nursing Scholarship. 

“The Bellarmine community feels a great loss and sadness with the passing of Madelynn,” said Tim Sturgeon, Bellarmine’s dean of undergraduate admission. “She was loved at Butler. You could see that through the recommendations we received when she applied. She will always be a part of the Class of 2025, and this scholarship will allow us to remember her.” 

Madelynn's family shared this message:

"Madelynn was the definition of an ideal role model. She could instantly light up any room just by walking in it, and made it even brighter when she smiled. Madelynn was hardworking, determined and kindhearted. She would put everyone’s needs before her own, which truly showed how she was as a person.

"Ever since Madelynn was younger she truly enjoyed helping others. As she got older, this passion grew more and more which quickly led to her wanting to become a nurse. Madelynn had several different options when it came to colleges, but Bellarmine always stood out to her and became her dream school. Madelynn was working towards all her goals by maintaining her good grades, having two jobs, and still including time with her family and friends."

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