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.
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 Fund, Lee & Thelma T. Clingan Fund, Anna & Les Zimmerman Fund, Charles Todd Wagoner Scholarship Fund, Mariah (Martin) Zabriskie & Sean Zabriskie Scholarship Fund, William & Nellie Hendrix Scholarship Fund, Carl Swinford Memorial Scholarship Fund, Ellis Family Scholarship Fund, Dr. Robert & Sue Ewbank Scholarship Fund, Yale & Orthanna Yager Scholarship Fund, Carol Shew Nursing Scholarship Fund, Christy DeSutter Cancer Fund, Kay Shoaf Scholarship Fund, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Covington Community Foundation will be hosting its 54th semi-annual Family Night on Wednesday, April 20 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm ~ a late afternoon/early evening of great food and family entertainment at the Beef House Banquet Hall.
When was the last time you saw a father and sons magic show? Wait no longer as the community foundation brings you CR Ryan Master Magician & Sons the only professional father-sons magic show in the State of Indiana. This show is family friendly and promises to be fun and exciting for everyone involved!
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.
Friends of the late Rick Randles have established the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund to add value to the Covington community through the performing arts.
Rick graduated from Covington High School in 1974. He worked at Baxter’s Drug Store in Covington until he was employed by the Bank of Western Indiana on July 30, 1979, and then retired from its successor Old National Bank on December 31, 2018. He loved his customers and especially their pets.
As many people know, Rick loved singing and sang at many weddings and events. He won the Kiss Country Karaoke Contest at the Georgetown Fair and later was the opening act for country singer Darryl Worley. He was always willing to share his many talents, such as singing, decorating, painting, and much more. He also enjoyed participating in the Cemetery Walks around Covington, sponsored by the Fountain County Art Council and Fountain County Genealogy Society.
Rick was raised in the Covington First Assembly Church. Most recently he helped with the Genesis Kids Church in painting and decorating the new children’s room at the church. He loved his church families and they sure loved him!
Everyone who knew Rick seemed to love being in his presence. In keeping with the spirit of Rick’s love for the arts and music, the motivation behind this fund is to preserve his gifts, talents, and personality (kindness, patience, encouragement to others to grow and pursue their dreams related to their singing and artistic abilities. His sense of humor, quick wit, and ability to make people laugh) and to perpetuate his life through creative grantmaking projects by the means of the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund.
To that end, the fund will support programs that are associated with painting, refurnishing, refinishing, repurposing, architecture, and music. Activities could include, but would not be limited to convocations, workshops, purchasing of classroom materials, providing financial support for music, street and art festivals, field trips and other endeavors related to music and art appreciation.
Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “It is admirable to see a group of friends get together and to take the initiative to establish a fund in Ricks honor that will benefit thousands of Covington citizens, youth and adults alike that will provide educational opportunities that encourage lifelong learning and participation in the visual, musical, and performing arts in the Covington community. It’s a real testimony to Rick and the loved that he and his friends shared.”
Donations to the Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund will matched $1 to $1 up to $5,000 through June 30. Contributions may be made online or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Rick Randles Art & Music Appreciation Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.
The family of late Joseph D. Henderson has established the Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund to benefit Covington area youth through the game of golf.
Joe was a 1960 graduate of Covington High School and honorably served in the Navy aboard the USS Haleakala. He pursued a career in Nursing Care Facility Management. Upon retirement Joe could be found pursuing his passions: golf, fishing, travel, and all things family related. He was especially proud of his role assisting the Covington High School golf team as a coach.
In keeping with the spirit of Joe’s love for the game of golf the motivation behind this fund is to try to take the rules of the game of golf – honesty, accountability, patience, civility, integrity – as well as the joy of just playing the game, with the hope that these traits will become instilled in a person’s personal life.
To that end, and knowing many youth do not have access to the opportunity to learn the game, the family has established the Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund to be accessible to all Covington youth wanting to learn to play golf. Activities may include summer or seasonal golf camps or programs, lessons with a local coach/professional, the purchase of golf clubs, etc. A strong emphasis of the fund is to assist youth who do not have access to the opportunity to gain experience with the game of golf.
Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation states, “The Henderson family has made a very generous contribution to establish this fund. Covington area youth, boys, and girls alike, are going to benefit greatly from this fund for generations to come.”
Donations to the Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund Fund may be made online or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Joseph D. Henderson Family Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.
The Covington Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Western Indiana Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the establishment of the Dr. Robert E. & Marceline Dicks Indiana State Medical School Scholarship Fund.
The scholarship has been established by Bob and Marcey Dicks, both graduates of Covington Community High School, and have strong family ties to the Covington area. Both are graduates of Indiana colleges. Bob went on to graduate from I. U. School of Medicine in 1969. He continued his medical training doing his internship & residency in the state following which he served two years in the United States Army Medical Corp. After discharge he returned to Indiana to practice medicine & teach future doctors for over 40 years.
The purpose of the scholarship is to cover the cost of one year tuition to medical school. The applicant(s) must have attended Covington High School for four consecutive academic school years and be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited State of Indiana medical school and be in good academic standing.
Dale White, CEO of the Community Foundation, states “This is a very generous gift that will benefit future graduates of Covington High School who want to devote their career to the medical profession.”
Contributions to this fund are tax deductible and can be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, ATTN: Dr. Robert E. & Marceline Dicks Indiana State Medical School Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932-0175.
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.
The Covington Community Foundation is honored to announce that the Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund has been established by her husband Wm. Scott Stanton. Mandy passed away after a 9-year one month long hard battle with cancer on August 9, 2021. Mandy was a 30-year plus real estate agent in the Terre Haute market with RE/MAX and she received numerous awards and sat on many local and state real estate boards in her life. She also worked for Covington Foods, Inc. as a produce manager at the Covington County Market. Mandy raised two children in Terre Haute before moving to the Covington community and marrying Scott.
Mandy had breast cancer that had metathesized to her bones and was stage 4 from the first time she was diagnosed. The cancer then spread to her brain in the summer of 2021 and that is what eventually took her life. Mandy was a fun, happy go lucky lady that always had an infectious smile on her no matter how bad she felt. She always would tell people that the “Good Lord” and her Dr. Huh was taking care of her and that neither of them was ready for her to go yet. Mandy always could make a friend in everyone she met.
Mandy had a desire and passion to promote cancer awareness and often told anyone that would listen, especially women, to get a mammogram and not to wait. Mandy did not want anyone to go through what she was going through if she could help them in anyway. She was also an advocate for suicide prevention after losing her son Levi to suicide in 2015.
Mandy fought her battle with cancer with grace and had a great love for her family, friends, co-workers, and anyone she would meet. She was given just two years at the most and said she would prove them all wrong and do her best to beat back the cancer and live as long as she could. Mandy worked up until two weeks before her passing – a true testament to the strong loving and caring will that she had for life.
All donations to the Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund will be utilized to assist in: providing workshops, presentations, seminars and special events in Fountain County associated with the awareness, early detection and prevention of cancer; collaborations with health departments, hospitals and wellness clinics; publicity efforts such as promotional brochures, videos and activities associated with: Cancer Week, Immunization Drives, Eat Healthy & Get Active, Be Safe in the Sun, Stay Away from Tobacco, Family Medical History and Get Regular Cancer Screenings; provide support to non-profit organizations that can assist in providing services to cancer patients (transportation, hair products – wigs, turbans, scarfs, mastectomy products, etc.); and other awareness, early detection and prevention of cancer activities not mentioned above.
Donations to the Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund may be made online at www.wicf-inc.org or mailed to: Covington Community Foundation, Attn: Mandy Stanton Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.
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.