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New ~ Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund Established

The Attica Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund in memory of Nancy Rose Bourne, 74, who passed away on March 12, 2022, in Lafayette, Indiana. Nancy was the daughter to Milton S. Bourne and Wavalene Lois (Conner) Bourne Strait.

Nancy was born on November 23, 1947, to Milton Sylvester Bourne and Wavalene Lois (Conner) Bourne Strait. After graduation in 1965 from Pennville High School, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ball State University. Her teaching career began at Lake Ridge Junior High in Gary, Indiana, and later continued at Calumet High School in Gary and East Jay Elementary in Portland, Indiana. In 1977 Nancy began teaching at Seeger Memorial High School in West Lebanon, Indiana. For 36 years, until her retirement in 2013, she was admired and respected as a talented, dedicated, and quite witty English teacher.  Among Nancy’s community activities were Delta Theta Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Fountain-Warren Retired Teachers Association, and the Moose Lodge of Attica.

The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for elderly citizens of the Attica Community.  Such assistance would include, but not necessarily be limited to food, clothing, prescriptions, and transportation for their medical care. A variety of organizations may be the beneficiary of grants from the fund.  Some of these would include, but not necessarily be limited to the Attica Thrift Shop, Attica Sharing Kindness (ASK), Mobility for Area Citizens (MAC Van – a program of the Community Action Agency of Western Indiana), and Township Board of Trustees (Davis, Logan, Shawnee).

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Attica Community Foundation, Attn: Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 161, Attica, IN 47918.

New ~ Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Established

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund.

Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin (1924-1991) was a lifelong resident of Fountain County and was well known and loved for her unwavering kindness and compassion.  During World War II, she graduated as a nursing cadet from the Lakeview College of Nursing in Danville, IL, while her fiancé, Thomas O. Martin, was serving in combat with the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific.  When the war ended, he remained overseas on assignment to China before returning to the United States and being honorably discharged from the military.  Both were graduates of Covington High School’s class of 1942.

After the war, they married and settled into farming outside Covington.  They were blessed with six children, and later, dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Her nursing skills were always in demand on the farm, and the way she tended to others inspired many of her descendants to go into the healing and helping professions.  As of 2022 and the founding of this scholarship, we have 3rd and 4th generation retired, practicing, and student nurses in the Martin family as a direct result of her powerful example.

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor Retha Dean’s memory and encourage and support others who feel called to the nursing profession.  It is open to ANY resident of Fountain County who has been accepted to, or is currently enrolled in, an accredited bachelor’s level or higher nursing program.  The scholarship can be awarded year over year until graduation for students in good standing, up to and including the doctorate level.   

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Western Indiana Community Foundation, Attn: Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

Thirty-one (31) 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: Nancy Bourne Benevolent Fund, Retha Dean (Coffing) Martin Scholarship Fund, The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund, Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund, Clinton High School Memorial Monument Fund, Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund, Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund, Dr. Robert E. & Marceline A. Dicks Indiana State Medical School Scholarship, LIVINGenerously Donor-Advised Fund, Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship FundLee & Thelma T. Clingan FundAnna & Les Zimmerman Fund Charles Todd Wagoner Scholarship Fund Mariah (Martin) Zabriskie & Sean Zabriskie Scholarship Fund,  William & Nellie Hendrix Scholarship FundCarl Swinford Memorial Scholarship FundEllis Family Scholarship Fund, Dr. Robert & Sue Ewbank Scholarship Fund, Yale & Orthanna Yager Scholarship FundCarol Shew Nursing Scholarship Fund Christy DeSutter Cancer Fund Kay Shoaf Scholarship FundRandall G. Shoaf Scholarship FundRobert & Lucreita (Verrill) Shoaf Scholarship Fund,  Patricia Scherer Leath Education Scholarship FundWilliam, Johanna & Mario Wilson Charitable Community Fund,  Darrell & Edith Dennis Community FundDaniel & Renee McGrady Family Fund,  CDH Scholarship FundWallace-Minnette Community Fund, George Norman Family FundMark & 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 dwhite@wicf-inc.org.

New ~ The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund by Jim Clawson on behalf of the Strawser Family including Dale M. & Gladys (Jones) Strawser; Wilma (Strawser) Hybarger; Donald Strawser; Robert D. Strawser; and  Jim & Wanda (Strawser) Clawson.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide tuition payments for graduates of Covington, Attica, or Fountain Central High School who have been accepted as a full-time student at any two-year or four-year public college or university in the United States.

Several criteria will be taking into consideration when selection recipients including financial need, school and/or work activities, community/volunteer service, and academic performance.  One scholarship will be awarded annually with the first scholarship recipient being announced in May 2023.

Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “The Clawson family has made a very generous contribution to establish this fund. Fountain County youth are going to benefit greatly from this fund for generations to come.”

Contributions may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: The Strawser Family & Jim & Wanda Clawson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

New ~ Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund Established

The Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund has been established by Wm. Scott Stanton, a graduate of Covington High School and Danville Area Community College.  Scott started his love for law enforcement at the age of fifteen and was fortunate enough that the Covington City Police and the Fountain County Sheriff’s Department saw his ambition and love for law enforcement and took him under their wings and mentored him.  Scott started his career in the Fountain County Jail as jailer/dispatcher and later as a deputy sheriff and a City of Covington police officer.  He later became chief deputy for the Fountain County Sheriff’s Dept. under Sheriff, Bill Sanders.  Scott later retired from law enforcement and worked for Covington Foods, Inc. as a store director and later as vice president of Covington Foods, Inc.  Currently, Scott and his brother Troy own and operate four gas station convenience stores.  Scott and his wife raised two children Kyle and Kari in the Covington community, until they went away to college and started their own families.  Scott resides in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Scott’s desire to give back to the Covington community was a result of his positive childhood and youth experiences in the Covington community and through his education and community involvement while serving on the Covington City Council, Covington Park Board, Covington Board of Works, Covington Celebration Group, Covington Volunteer Fire Department, and being an assistant Little League coach.

“After living in Covington for over 45 years and moving to the Terre Haute area to be closer to my family, my wife Mandy’s family, and her cancer doctors, I realized how lucky I was to grow up and live in such a wonderful and generous community and county.  I always wanted to give back to the community in other ways if I ever could and that is a great privilege to give back and help make a difference in someone’s life and community,” Scott stated.

Any Covington, Attica, or Fountain Central High School senior is eligible to apply for the scholarship.  However, applicant(s) pursuing a college major or career in criminology are to be given primary consideration for the scholarship and will receive the award if they meet all the scholarship selection criteria.  Criminology is a broad degree or career path and may include such areas as corrections, law enforcement, criminal justice, forensic and private investigations, and the like.  All donations to the Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund are invested and a portion of the earnings each year will be used to award the annual scholarship.

Donations to the Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Scott Stanton Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Fountain County Named

Shaelyn Meador has been named the recipient of the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Fountain County. She is the daughter of Reannon Meador and Robert Burlington, and the 41st Fountain County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects scholars with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Ms. Meador, of Attica High School, has plans to attend Purdue or Butler University and obtain a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  Shaelyn ranks 5th in her graduating class with a 3.967 GPA.

Shaelyn has been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and sporting activities as she pursued her high school education including; volleyball, wrestling, softball, National Honor Society, Future Farmer’s of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Drama Club and others.

One of Ms. Meador’s references wrote, “Shaelyn shows tremendous interest and involvement in her studies. Students in my classes learned about different societies and civilizations all over the globe from all different eras, and Shaelyn continuously demonstrated a genuine curiosity in these topics.  Shaelyn’s classroom projects were always professionally executed, well thought out, and full of creativity and originality. While learning about the “conspiracy theories” in our Topics in History class, Shaelyn successfully researched, designed, and shared both a virtual and physical presentation over the recent COVID-19 pandemic. As a teacher when you create a project you often have an example in mind of what exactly that project should look like, and Shaelyn always exceeded my expectations.”

Twenty-five Fountain County students applied for this year’s Lilly Scholarship.  The first phase of the selection process included the high school faculty of each school recommending up to six applicants from their school to be considered by the local scholarship committee representing the same school district.

The second phase included each scholarship committee reviewing the applications and interviewing each applicant.  Two nominees from each school are selected based on consensus.

The third phase of the selection process included each of the two nominees from each school being interviewed by the scholarship committees representing the two other school districts.  Each committee member independently scores each applicant in six categories including academic performance, school activities and work, volunteerism, financial need, letters of reference and a personal interview with each committee member.

Following the final scoring, finalists were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the Western Indiana Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.

Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-1999 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling in excess of $439 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are: 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

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