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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.

New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

Thirty-five (35) 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: Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund, Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund, Cameron Cheuvront Memorial Scholarship Fund, William, Johanna, and Mark Wilson Scholarship Fund, Vermillion County Community Improvement Fund, 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.

Community Foundation Awards $50,000

The Western Indiana Community Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of $50,000 to four Fountain County organizations.  Funding was made available through a grant partnership with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network.

Veedersburg Revitalization Association – $12,500.  These monies will be used to assist in completing the $100,000 remodeling project of the historic 1902-1902 Clover Leaf Depot.  The Depot will be a popular spot in the hub of Fountain County to host family gatherings, celebrations, and certain business meetings. The Depot is in the heart of the Town of Veedersburg and is adjacent to the favorable multi-purpose Big Four Trail (biking/walking).  A dedication ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 27 from 10:00am – Noon at the Depot.

Covington Public Library – $12,500.  Last year’s grant of $10,000 from the foundation supplemented by another large benefactor allowed the transformation of the Children’s Library to include the addition of new furniture, mobile shelving, equipment, and sensory-friendly educational tools, plus the replacement of carpeting and tile. These monies will be utilized to repair and replace broken windows and install a heat and moisture control system in the area with matching historic panes and the protection of outdoor storm window units that will further enhance the attractiveness of the children’s area and protect it for years to come.

Fountain County Landmarks – $12,500.  The one-room frame Old Attica Library/Ladies Library was designed and completed in 1889 for $1,000.  Nearly 1,000 volume titles from the original library are on display in the building.   The historic building is in need of a new HVAC system, painting, and some exterior repairs.  Last year’s grant of $10,000 assisted in the replacement of the roof and removal of a chimney.  The local city government uses the building for meetings and office space as needed.  Attica Main Street also uses the space.  Located on a triangular plot in Attica’s national historic district the Old Library is used for school field trips and serves as the Headquarters for many of Attica’s local events, plus more.

Veedersburg Public Library – $12,500.   Last year’s grant of $10,000 was used to build a 16’ x 24’ outdoor pavilion of the east side of the building. The pavilion has a cement foundation, enclosed hipped roof design, picnic tables, benches, and electricity for outlets and lights. A sloped inclined sidewalk provides handicap accessibility.  Additional funding will provide an exterior door installed on the side of the library building and a sidewalk connecting the building and the pavilion.  This will allow for smoother traffic flow for patrons and staff during events.  Also, gutters will be installed on the pavilion, a cement bike pad, a light above the door for security and landscaping.

Dale White, CEO of the community foundation states, “These four organizations have gone above and beyond in the past twelve months to make some much needed improvements to their historic buildings that serve thousands of Fountain County citizens.  It’s a pleasure for the foundation to continue to encourage them for all their worthwhile efforts.”

The Western Indiana Community Foundation, established in 1990, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of Fountain and Vermillion County.

The Wabash Heartland Innovation Network is a consortium of 10 counties in north-central Indiana devoted to working together to fuel prosperity by harnessing the power of internet-enabled sensors to develop our region into a global epicenter of digital agriculture and next-generation manufacturing.

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 ~ 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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