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To our grantseeking friends: The Foundation is eager to help you grow your community. To assist you with our grantmaking process and to discuss the opportunities please give me a call, send me an email or stop in for a visit!
Nine (9) new endowment funds have recently been established to benefits area communities and high school students. For more details click on the link to learn more about each fund.
The new funds include: Randall G. Shoaf Scholarship Fund, Robert & Lucreita (Verrill) Shoaf Scholarship Fund, Patricia Scherer Leath Education Scholarship Fund, William, Johanna & Mario Wilson Charitable Community Fund, Darrell & Edith Dennis Community Fund, Daniel & Renee McGrady Family Fund, CDH Scholarship Fund, Wallace-Minnette Community Fund, George Norman Family Fund, Mark & Cindy Mason Community Fund, and the Michael & Mary Margaret Rhees Community Fund.
To learn how you can establish a fund to benefit your community contact Dale at (765) 793-0702 or by email at email@example.com.
Tickets and table sponsorships are going fast for Southeast Fountain Community Foundation’s 13th annual Wine & Appetizer Event at the Beef House Banquet Center on Sunday, February 23 from 1:30-4:00 pm (EST). The public is invited. This fundraising event is a one-of-a-kind since there is no program. This is a social event only (business casual)!
Attendees will enjoy complimentary portions of spirits from T. J. Haase Winery (Clinton, IN) and Old 55 Distillery (Newtown, IN) as well as an extensive selection of hors d’oeuvre from the Beef House Restaurant. A silent auction with nearly 100 unique items will also compliment the event.
This year’s event will help to raise monies for charitable organizations in the Southeast Foundation area and scholarships for Fountain Central High School graduates.
CALL 793-0702 TODAY to order your tickets! Individual tickets are $35 and table sponsorships (table of 8) are $250.
The Foundation’s online scholarship application process is now open for students attending Attica, Covington, Fountain Central, Seeger, North Vermillion and South Vermillion High School. The application deadline is March 1.
For details visit the scholarship section of our website.
The Western Indiana & Vermillion County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has met the $1M challenge goal offered by the Lilly Endowment Inc.
Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “It’s remarkable that only 15 months ago the Lilly Endowment challenged the Community Foundation to raise $500,000 in donations to be used for unrestricted purposes. Unrestricted donations are used for competitive grantmaking in our Fountain & Vermillion County communities. If we reached the $500,000 goal they would match it $2 for $1, or in other words, with an additional $1,000,000. Not only was the goal met in 15 short months, but it was completed one year earlier than expected.”
White goes on the say, “Every donated dollar makes a huge difference and stays right here in Fountain & Vermillion County. This $1,500,000 will allow the Community Foundation to award an additional $60,000 to $$75,000 per year, for perpetuity, which is vital to our efforts to strengthen Fountain and Vermillion County and fund opportunities which benefit our citizens. We appreciate the generosity of those who care about their county and gave to this campaign.”
Lastly, White says, “I welcome the opportunity to visit with Fountain & Vermillion County civic and service clubs, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations and others to share the good work that is being done through the Community Foundation.”
The Independent Colleges of Indiana has confirmed that Jordan VanArsdale is the 23nd Cohort of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for 2020. The scholarship award will cover the cost of full-tuition, required fees and special allocation of up to $900 per year for required materials, for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the High Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Jordan joins outstanding students throughout the state who have received the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since 1998.
Jordan is the son of Paul and Leah Welker of Clinton and Scott VanArsdale. He will graduate in May 2020 from South Vermillion High School with a Core 40 Academic and Technical Honors Diploma. Jordan has a 4.0 GPA and ranks first in his class of 123. He has taken several honors and AP classes as well as dual credit courses at Ivy Tech and Indiana State University. His rigorous coursework has prepared him well as he continues his education. Jordan is an intelligent, enthusiastic, ambitious and motivated young man as his application, interview, and peers exhibit.
Jordan’s education plan is to attend Rose Human Institute of Technology because it ranks number one for his major of choice. He will major in Biomedical Engineering and a potential minor in another engineering or science field to assist in his engineering career. Jordan sets long term goals also when he say, “My goal is to be able to develop technologies that will enhance, improve and even save the lives of people all over the world.”
“Thank you so much! I’m beyond excited to be honored with this scholarship, thank you!” was Jordan’s reaction when informed that he was this year’s scholarship recipient.
South Vermillion High School English teacher and theatre director, Ms. Cole, states in her letter of recommendation, “Jordan is a senior in Advanced Placement Literature and Composition. Within the first week of class, it became readily apparent that he is a student of very high caliber who has continued to challenge himself throughout his middle school and high school career. In short, he has grown into a confident and exceedingly competent student in the classroom.”
Jordan is a member of National Honor Society and honored as an Academic Excellence I and II awardee. He volunteers for Vicki’s School of Dance for technology and those at school and in the community who use the high school auditorium and operates the technology booth. He also participated at National Honor Society Halloween 5K run for Autism and Out of Darkness Walk for suicide prevention. Jordan’s passion is the theatre program and technology that consumes the majority of his time out of the classroom.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process is lengthy with guidelines set by the Lilly Endowment. Thirty students in Vermillion County applied for the scholarship this year. The scholarship committee carefully reviews each application with respect to specific criteria established by the local committee. Five finalists were invited to interview to continue the selection process. After the Vermillion County Community Foundation scholarship committee narrowed the field to three, the names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. for the final selection of the recipient.
One Fountain County student has been named recipient of a full tuition four-year scholarship as the Western Indiana Community Foundation 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County.
Lawrence “Eli” Kirkpatrick will receive full tuition to the Indiana private college or public university of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Mr. Kirkpatrick, of Attica High School, has plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science with an agri-business focus, followed by Veterinarian School. At the beginning of his Senior year, Eli ranked #2 in his graduating class with a 3.9 GPA.
Eli is a four year member of the Future Farmers of America (“FFA”) and has participated for four years in football, baseball and basketball. Mr. Kirkpatrick has also found time to volunteer at Joy Camp, a weekend retreat at Hanging Rock Camp, for individuals with special needs and he has served as a 4-H camp counselor. In addition to his school and community activities he works part-time for Triple J Farms.
One of Eli’s references wrote, “As a student Eli is talented and conscientious. He is always prepared for class with homework completed and articulate questions about anything he is unsure of. His work is always of the highest quality. With Eli, academic excellence only tells part of the story. His demeanor in class is always a model of respect and a calming and centering influence on those around him.”
Mr. Kirkpatrick is the son of John and Gretchen Kirkpatrick of Veedersburg.
Fountain and Vermillion County are home to many wonderful people who have made a deep impact in the community.
Are you looking for a way to memorialize a loved one or friend who is no longer with us? Or perhaps you would like to honor a family member, friend, co-worker, or service provider who has a positive influence in your daily life? MEMORIAL & HONOR GIFTS are great ways to honor those who are or have been significant in your life or the life of your community. Your gift will go to the fund you specify, in the name of the one you’re honoring.
The following individuals have recently passed away and the families have designated that donations in their memory go to the Community Foundation. We honor the following individuals (click on the name for more details): Mary Bowles, Janet Clark, C. David Curts, Caleb Duncan, Patricia Head, Jack Macy, Edna Jordan, James Kochell, Neva Tillotson, Delores Hicks, Carl Hicks, Daniel McGrady, Max Keller, Freeman “Bugs” Lanum, Georgeanna Ford, Bill Deck, Helen F. Shelby, Elizabeth “Lib” Barnhart, Charline Allen, Jeffry Ingalsbe, John Woodrow, Carol Gooding, Richard “Dick” Shelby, Betty Shull, Marvel Dunham, Mary K. Young, Marcia Cooper, Carol V. Myers, James “Jim” McCormick, Rosemarie Haas, Marilyn Gebbink, Jean (Frances) Blickenstaff, Robert “Bob” Branam, Larry Carlson, John Cotten, Sr., Mirriam (Newmark) Fogel, Helen Freas, Heidi (Shambach) Johnson, Joan Rennick, Vicki (Collins) Stevens, and Arley White.
All memorial and honor gifts are acknowledged to the person or people you designate so that the loved one’s family, or the person you are honoring, is aware of the gift. Or you can make an anonymous gift if you desire to do so. The amount of the gift is, of course, confidential and only you will receive a gift acknowledgement for tax purposes. It’s very easy to give a memorial or honor gift – just CLICK HERE to get started.
Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Covington Circle Trail ($15,000), C.A.R.S. (Child-Adult Resource Services) ($8,425), Friendship Circle Center ($6,800), Attica Fire Department ($2,000), Cayuga Lions Club ($1,000), Southeast Fountain Elementary School ($1,500), Covington Christian School ($5,415), Attica Jr./Sr. High School ($4,800), North Vermillion High School Music Program ($1,000), Town of Kingman ($1,500), Covington Tree Committee ($6,500), Paws-n-Claws Animal Shelter ($6,000), Vermillion Trails Alliance ($5,000), South Vermillion High School ($500) . More →
The Fountain County Historical Committee of the Fountain County Art Council has developed a plan to rehab two of the county’s remaining covered bridges. Indiana, at one time, had 600 covered bridges, but now only 89 remain and 3 of those are in Fountain County. The Cade’s Mill Covered Bridge is the oldest in the state. The Rob Roy Covered Bridge, south of Attica, was recently restored in 2016 by private individuals.
The Wallace (Jackson Township) and Cade’s Mill (Wabash Township) bridges are both in a state of deterioration. The Cade’s Mill bridge is in imminent danger and could be lost in the upcoming winter weather. Consultants have presented a proposal to stabilize the Cade’s Mill bridge this fall. The estimated cost is $150,000.
Donations can be made on this website to the Cade’s Mill & Wallace Covered Bridge Fund. Thank you for your interest in supporting this project!
Nearly 250 students in Fountain and Vermillion County are the recipients of over $228,000 in scholarship awards to be used for their academic pursuits in 2019-2020. Check this site often for new scholarship opportunities and other updates.