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Caring community members have given to grow our scholarship funds and make higher education possible for many students. You can get more information about our scholarships by reviewing the information on this website or by giving us a call at (765) 793-0702 or (765) 832-8665.
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It has been a busy month at the Community Foundation as numerous year-end grants have been awarded:
* $1,500 to the Williamsport-Attica Area Senior Center for day-to-day operating expenses
* $500 to the Back Pack Program at Clinton First United Methodist Church for students that attend school in the South Vermillion area
* $21,000 for new sidewalks surround the Covington Elementary School as part of the "Safe Route to School" initiative
* $7,265 to assist in the repair of eroding slopes in the Arms Woods section of Ravine Park in Attica
* $400 to C.A.R.E. (Cayuga Area Revitalization Effort) for supplies to paint the fire hydrants in Cayuga
* $25,000 for the preservation of the historic murals in the Fountain County Courthouse
* $6,319 to the Covington Music Boosters for 1/3 of the cost of a student trip to Nashville, TN in the spring of 2017
* $2,250 to place cameras in vehicles of the Fountain County Sheriff's Department
* $250 to the Cayuga Lions Club for its "Christmas with Santa" event
Covington Community Foundation sends its condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Coffing. Jeff passed away on
Thursday, November 10 following a recent illness. He will be sadly missed by many.
Jeff and Susan were long-time supporters of numerous projects in the Covington area and those that were also managed
by the Community Foundation.
The family has requested that donations in memory of Jeff be made to the Covington City Park Playground Project Fund ~ A fund that has been established at the Community Foundation to replace the aging playground equipment at the Covington City Park.
Donations may be made online or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, ATTN: Covington City Park Playground Project Fund, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.
Western Indiana Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recent establishment of the VFW Post 2395
scholarship fund. Established by the VFW Post 2395, including the Ladies’ Auxiliary & Men’s Auxiliary, to benefit area
students as they further advance their education. The first scholarship will be awarded in the Spring of 2017.
Dale White, Executive Director of Western Indiana Community Foundation, states, “It is a privilege for the Community
Foundation to administer this scholarship on behalf of VFW Post 2395. They provide numerous services to our Veteran’s, area youth and the public in general. The Foundation takes great pride in being associated with this scholarship.”
Selection priority will be given to applicants who are the children and/or grandchildren of members of VFW Post 2395 or VFW Post 2395 Ladies’ or Men’s Auxiliary. However, if there are no applicant(s) that meet this criteria, then graduates of Covington High School and who are also residents of one of the townships that comprise the Covington Community School Corporation District at the time the scholarship fund was established (Troy, Wabash, Fulton, Mound) become eligible for the scholarship.
One scholarship will be awarded per year. Several criteria will be taken into consideration when selecting the recipients with the highest priorities being the applicant’s financial need, academic merit (diploma type, GPA, class rank) and community/volunteer service during their high school years.
Donations to this fund may be made online or mailed to: Western Indiana Community Foundation, ATTN: VFW Post 2395 Scholarship Fund, PO Box 175, Covington, IN 47932-0175.
Vermillion County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the West Central Indiana
Community Tennis Association Fund.
The purpose of the fund is to provide support for programs which promote the development and growth of tennis, with a
special emphasis on children and youth in the Clinton community and the West Central Indiana area.
The group works to coordinate and maintain tennis programs and services; guaranteeing that they are open and accessible to all. These tennis enthusiasts work at the grassroots level and may act as advocates, program administrators, promoters or fund-raisers. Fueled by local volunteers, they exist to promote and develop the game of tennis.
Donations may be made online or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: West Central Indiana Community Tennis Association, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.
Dr. Roger K. Duncan of Attica has established an education scholarship fund with the Attica Community Foundation.
Dale White, Executive Director of the Western Indiana Community Foundation states, “Dr. Duncan has distinguished himself in the area of music education throughout his professional career. It is an honor for the Foundation to manage this scholarship fund for students for generations to come.”
The scholarship will benefit graduates of a Fountain or Warren County public high school who are also residents of either of these counties. Priority will be given to students who are music education majors with a wind or percussion instrument specialty. In addition, the student’s financial need, commitment to community/volunteer service, and their high school activities and/or work history will also be taken into consideration when determining the recipient.
Dr. Duncan, a native of Indiana, was raised and educated in Attica, Indiana. He holds BS and MS degrees in Music Education from Indiana State University where he served as a graduate assistant under the late George Graesch, Director of Bands. Upon graduation, Dr. Duncan began his career as a high school band director at North Knox School Corporation near Vincennes, Indiana. Following 3 years at North Knox, he became the Director of Bands at Southwestern High School in the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Through this position, he was appointed as the first band director for McCutcheon High School. His legacy at McCutcheon continues as he composed the school’s fight song.
He accepted a position as a graduate assistant at the Florida State University School of Music where he worked for the Director of the world famous Marching Chiefs, the largest collegiate marching band in the world (465 students). As he completed his degree program, he accepted the position as Assistant Director of bands for Leon High School in Tallahassee. He became assistant Director of the FSU Summer Music Camps, a position that led to his appointment as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of the FSU School of Music famous opera program. He received his PhD in 1990 in Educational Administration while as this post. He was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for the College of Music at FSU and also worked part-time for the Stubbs’ Music Center, a privately owned music studio in Tallahassee.
Currently, he is very active as a substitute teacher in area school corporations; the Vice President of the Attica Community Foundation; serves on the Advancement Board for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana State University; serves as past Chairman of the Administrative Council of the First United Methodist Church in Attica; and, teaches private lessons to students in the area. He is a well-known music adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association.
Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Hillcrest Community Center ($500), Hub Civic Center ($5,000), South Vermillion High School ($1,400), Covington Music Boosters ($6,319), Attica High School – Travel & Adventure Club ($6,000), Covington Park Program ($4,000), Fountain-Warren County Health Department ($300), Sterling Christian Church ($1,500), Veedersburg Summer Park Program ($4,000), Miss Fountain County 4-H Fair Queen Pageant ($300), and Community Action Program of Western Indiana ($10,000). More →
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The Community Foundation extends its condolences to the family and friends of Mike Costello. Sadly, Mike
passed away on September 17.
Mike was a friend to countless individuals throughout his career in education and public service. It is a privilege for the
foundation to work with the family establishing a scholarship in his memory.
Donations in Mike's memory may be made online or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: Mike Costello Scholarship Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842-0532.
The Community Foundation extends its condolences to the family and friends of Pearce & Alice McKinney of Wingate. Sadly, Pearce passed away on Sunday, August 28.
Pearce and Alice have been long-time supporters of the community foundation, where Pearce served as a board member for the last nine years. The foundation is honored that the family is establishing a scholarship in his memory.
Donations in Pearce's memory may be made online or mailed to: Southeast Fountain Community Foundation, ATTN: Pearce R. & Alice J. McKinney Scholarship Fund, PO Box 95, Veedersburg, IN 47987-0095.