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Memorial & Honor Giving

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 donations in their memory go to the Community Foundation.  We honor the following individuals (click on the name for more details): Stan Shew, Bill Smail, Jeff Henry, Page Lane, Barbara White, Tim Thomas, Harold R. Long, Cameron Cheuvront, Darleen Swingle, Duaine Ramey, Wanda Clawson, Terry Holland, Marvin ShawDr. Francis McGrady, Jr., Matt Milach, Joe HendersonGinger Orr, Raymond Bush, Carl DismoreRichard Klage, David Rothrock, Ann JohannesRonald Smith, Charles McKinney,  Joe HathawayEdward C. Grubb, Sharon Sue Craft, Henry Meadows, Janice Vietti, Edward “Ed” GeorgeCarl Swinford, Lola Simmerman, Charles ‘Dale’ ClawsonHelen Hoffman,  Martha Drake, Sandy Tuggle, Paul KentHarry Hoagland, Ron Howard, Charles Swingle,  Barbara Clark,  Steven C. DiceFlorence B. Fultz, Max N. Hoffman,  Lulu Belle (Trott) Woodrow, JoAnn Murray,  Erwin (Ernie) Johannes, Art Clawson, Jeff YoungbloodFred PaxtonMary Bowles, Janet ClarkC. David Curts,  Caleb Duncan Patricia HeadJack MacyEdna Jordan James KochellNeva Tillotson, Delores HicksCarl HicksDaniel McGrady,  Max Keller,  Freeman “Bugs” LanumGeorgeanna FordBill Deck,  Helen F. ShelbyElizabeth “Lib” Barnhart, Charline AllenJeffry IngalsbeJohn WoodrowCarol Gooding,  Richard “Dick” Shelby, Betty ShullMarvel DunhamMary K. YoungMarcia CooperCarol V. MyersJames “Jim” McCormickRosemarie HaasMarilyn GebbinkJean (Frances) BlickenstaffRobert “Bob” BranamLarry CarlsonJohn Cotten, Sr., Mirriam (Newmark) FogelHelen FreasHeidi (Shambach) JohnsonJoan RennickVicki (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.

We’re Growing and Hiring!

Are you looking for a change?  Do you want to make a greater difference in your community?  If so, please consider working with a small group of enthusiastic individuals who share your motivation to serve communities in Fountain and Vermillion County, Indiana.

Click here for details about the Director of Finance position.

We look forward to hearing from you!

New ~ Pay It Forward Scholarship Established

The Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund has been established for the benefit of worthy student(s) who graduate from Covington, Attica, or Fountain Central High School.

The donor family values integrity and hard work.  They hope this scholarship not only helps the recipient in further education, but also prepares him or her for serving others.

The applicant(s) must be pursuing a field of study or career in the trades and technical education pathway.  Trade schools come in a wide variety of forms – some may be a part of an associate degree program, and some are totally autonomous.  A major thought behind the scholarship is that trade schools and technical education programs provide specialized education for trade-based careers that focus specifically on job-related skills and does not typically require an advanced degree (bachelor and/or associate degrees).

Applicants for The Pay It Forward Scholarship must be pursuing a career trade such as aviation, machining, dental, electrical, welding, medical, plumbing, robotics, construction, and the like.  This is not an exhaustive list; however, one of the key intentions of the scholarship is to provide an award to a student who is pursuing a career that is reflective of trade work.

The scholarship award is in the amount of $10,000.  Fifty percent ($5,000) will be awarded for a student in their first year of trade or technical school.  An additional $5,000 will be provided for their second year.

Donations to The Pay It Forward Scholarship may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Western Indiana Community Foundation, Attn: The Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

Fall Newsletters Released

Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Summer Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (wicf-inc.org)

New ~ Cameron Cheuvront Memorial Scholarship Established

The family of late Cameron Cheuvront has established the Cameron Cheuvront Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit area seniors from North Vermillion High School, Westville High School, or other senior students who attend a Wabash River Conference high school.  Cameron passed away on May 11, 2022, at the age of 16, due to injuries sustained from an auto accident.

At the time of his passing, Cameron was a Sophomore at North Vermillion High School and playing baseball.  He loved many sports and participated in basketball and wrestling as well. Cameron also loved to be outside whether it be working with his best friend in the business they had started, riding his dirt bike, fishing, or just playing with animals. Cameron was a member of the Cornerstone Christian Church in Danville, Illinois and he was also active in his schools FFA chapter. Cameron was always smiling and cracking jokes, he was a very friendly kid with a heart of gold and always had a hug for anyone he met! Cameron made everyone he met feel like they were his best friend.

The applicant(s) for the scholarship must be accepted as a part- or full- time (minimum of 6 hours) student at a two-year or four-year public or private college or university.  Students pursuing a field of study or career in the trades and technical career pathway are strongly encouraged to apply.   

Trade schools come in a wide variety of forms – some may be a part of an associate degree program, and some are totally autonomous.  A major thought behind the scholarship is that trade schools and technical education programs provide specialized education for trade-based careers that focus specifically on job-related skills and does not typically require an advanced degree (bachelor’s and/or master’s degree).

Trade and technical education career pathways may include such fields of study such as; machining, dental, electrical, welding, medical, aviation, plumbing, robotics, construction, and the like.  This is not an exhaustive list; but rather a listing to highlight the broad scope of the scholarship.

A variety of criteria will be used to determine the recipients.  Some of the selection factors include financial need, school and/or work activities, community volunteer service and letters of reference.  The first scholarships will be awarded in the Spring of 2023.

Contributions in memory of Cameron are tax deductible and can be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: Cameron Cheuvront Memorial  Scholarship Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.

New ~ William, Johanna, and Mark Wilson Family Scholarship Established

The Vermillion County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the William, Johanna, and Mark Wilson Family Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation.

According to Mark Wilson, the son of the late William and Johanna Wilson, “My parents were strong supporters of a variety of organizations, activities, and students in the Vermillion County area and they instilled these values in me. That’s the reason I am so involved in organizations like the Community Foundation, Riley’s Children’s Hospital, Optimist International and others.  It’s a pleasure for me to give back to Vermillion County in memory of my parents.

In addition, I had the pleasure of being raised in Clinton and attended Clinton area schools for my first eleven years; then I was a graduate of the first class from North Vermillion High School, therefore both South Vermillion and North Vermillion High Schools are important to me.  I attended Indiana State University and Danville Area Community College.  I majored in accounting and minored in business and economics.”

Any South Vermillion or North Vermillion High School senior is eligible to apply for the scholarship.  The applicant(s) must be accepted as a full- time (minimum of 12 hours) student at a two-year or four-year public or private college or university or vocational trade school, with preference to an institution located in Indiana.

Two scholarships will be awarded annually and they are renewable; however, recipients must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and provide the community foundation with supporting documentation each semester (transcripts and proof of enrollment – a tuition invoice or similar). In the first year of the scholarship program the initial two recipients will be named. In four years, eight recipients will be receiving awards through the William, Johanna & Mario Wilson Family Scholarship Fund.

Several criteria are to be taking into consideration when selecting recipients.  Some of the factors include; financial need, school and/or work activities, community volunteer service, letters of reference, and academics.

The 1st scholarships will be awarded in the Spring of 2023.

Contributions to the scholarship are tax deductible and can be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: William, Johanna and Mark Wilson Family Scholarship Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.

Family Night is Here!

Covington Community Foundation will be hosting its 55th semi-annual Family Night on Wednesday, October 19 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm ~ a late afternoon/early evening of great food and family entertainment at the Beef House Banquet Hall.

Kids and adults will be mesmerized by 𝗠𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲.  Our mime performer will present several humorous short “silent stories” which may include many familiar illusions such as walls, ropes, ladders, and everybody’s favorite – walking against the wind. The mime may even portray multiple characters within the same story!  𝗠𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗧𝗶𝗺𝗲 is a fascinating experience designed to stimulate the imagination in all of us!

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance at 135 S. Stringtown Rd., Covington or by calling (765) 793-0702, ext. 8. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children are FREE. Seating is limited for this event.

Explore Newport Antique Auto Hill Climb

It’s here!  Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2

𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱’𝘀 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲 𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗲𝘁𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁!  Timed runs up the historic Newport Hill for antique cars and motorcycles.  Parade (5:00pm – Saturday). Vehicle raffle, car show, food and entertainment.

For more details visit: www.newporthillclimb.com

Need more information? Visit: www.explorevermillioncounty.org

Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Eugene Station Farmer’s Market ($4,500), Community Action Program of Western Indiana ($10,000), Town of Fairview Park ($10,000), Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Department ($3,068), City of Clinton ($3,500), Veedersburg Revitalization Association ($4,500), Leadership Vermillion County ($1,000), Wabash River Career & Technical Education District ($15,000), North Vermillion School Corporation ($400), Covington Music Boosters ($10,000), Parke-Vermillion Humane Society ($1,000), Valley Oaks Health ($3,000), Covington Easter Egg Hunt ($1,000), Clinton Little League ($3,000), City of Attica – Shred Day ($500), Vermillion County Disc Golf Club ($2,655), Hope Springs Safe House ($1,371), Perrysville Fire Department ($3,000), Miss Fountain County Queen Pageant ($500), Parke-Vermillion Retired Teacher’s Association ($450), Attica Jr/Sr High School ($2,000), Little Italy Festival ($1,500), Newtown Community Church ($1,000), City of Clinton – Fire Department ($300), North Vermillion School Corporation – Science Fair ($500), Johnny’s House ($10,000), Attica Park Board ($10,000), Town of Cayuga – Volunteer Fire Department ($5,400), N0rth Vermillion Elementary School ($1,000), and Clinton Public Library ($3,000).  More →

Apply Now! Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The application process is now open for high school seniors from Fountain & Vermillion County to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, administered thru the Western Indiana Community Foundation.

Students must apply by Wednesday, September 1 at: www.wicf-inc.org.

The scholarship will provide 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 Indiana public or private college or university.

For answers to your questions, please contact the Community Foundation at (765) 793-0702, ext. 3.

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