For some 50 years Fran Fruzen filled the role of teacher, associate principal and principal at Beloit Memorial High School. He is the original Purple Knight. In 1958 he was responsible for the nickname Purple Knights being adopted as the school’s mascot. He developed the Office of Alumni Services and the BMHS Alumni Scholarship Program. The Purple Knight Scholarship is given to a high school senior who embodies the characteristics for which the Purple Knight stands. It is in his name that this scholarship is given.
- A senior at Beloit Memorial High School
- Has demonstrated good citizenship while at school and in the community
- Must have participated in at least one student activity (drama, sports, etc.)
- Must exemplify the spirit of the Purple Knights