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): Harold VanDame, Marvin Potter, Rose Martin, Kenneth Scheurich, Stan Shew, Bill Smail, Richard Pattengale, Jeff Henry, Page Lane, Barbara White, Tim Thomas, Harold R. Long, Cameron Cheuvront, Darleen Swingle, Duaine Ramey, Wanda Clawson, Terry Holland, Marvin Shaw, Dr. Francis McGrady, Jr., Matt Milach, Joe Henderson, Ginger Orr, Raymond Bush, Carl Dismore, Richard Klage, David Rothrock, Ann Johannes, Ronald Smith, Charles McKinney, Joe Hathaway, Edward C. Grubb, Sharon Sue Craft, Henry Meadows, Janice Vietti, Edward “Ed” George, Carl Swinford, Lola Simmerman, Charles ‘Dale’ Clawson, Helen Hoffman, Martha Drake, Sandy Tuggle, Paul Kent, Harry Hoagland, Ron Howard, Charles Swingle, Barbara Clark, Steven C. Dice, Florence B. Fultz, Max N. Hoffman, Lulu Belle (Trott) Woodrow, JoAnn Murray, Erwin (Ernie) Johannes, Art Clawson, Jeff Youngblood, Fred Paxton, Mary Bowles, Janet Clark, C. David Curts, Caleb Duncan, Patricia Head, Jack Macy, Edna Jordan, James Kochell, Neva Tillotson, Delores Hicks, Carl Hicks, Daniel McGrady, Max Keller, Freeman “Bugs” Lanum, Georgeanna Ford, Bill Deck, Helen F. Shelby, Elizabeth “Lib” Barnhart, Charline Allen, Jeffry Ingalsbe, John Woodrow, Carol Gooding, Richard “Dick” Shelby, Betty Shull, Marvel Dunham, Mary K. Young, Marcia Cooper, Carol V. Myers, James “Jim” McCormick, Rosemarie Haas, Marilyn Gebbink, Jean (Frances) Blickenstaff, Robert “Bob” Branam, Larry Carlson, John Cotten, Sr., Mirriam (Newmark) Fogel, Helen Freas, Heidi (Shambach) Johnson, Joan Rennick, Vicki (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.
The Community Foundation Scholarship Application is now LIVE!
This spring, we will award nearly $300,000 to Fountain & Vermillion County students. Awards will range from $500 to full tuition and fees (a value of over $10,000).
Apply NOW at www.wicf-inc.org! Deadline is March 1.
During the Christmas Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who give generously and those who work tirelessly to make our communities a better place to live and work. And in this spirit, we say “THANK YOU” and “BEST WISHES” for a Merry Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!
Friday, December 23 ~ Closed
Monday, December 26 ~ Closed
Monday, January 2 ~ Closed
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of Round 2.0 request for grant proposals for projects that activate or create public spaces to advance a more vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive community.
Fountain and Vermillion County have long been a community of makers: industrious people driven to build, create, and innovate – together. Through the “Better When We Gather – Creative Places Initiative” 2.0 the Community Foundation is seeking to build upon the maker mindset, so prevalent in our counties, to activate or create public spaces that advance a more vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive community.
In 2020, nearly 110 individuals participated in group convening sessions and personal interviews. These county stakeholders learned a great deal about where we succeed and where we could do better. We also learned that the communities within our broader community are very willing to engage and that being better requires that we gather and work together.
Fountain and Vermillion County’s ability to attract and retain talent is greatly increased by taking advantage of unique placemaking assets in its communities. Building upon both the spirit and findings from the community convening process, the Community Foundation is seeking proposals for creative placemaking projects that, through deliberate and thoughtful collaboration, will make us better together.
Funding and Eligibility
Building upon the success of Round 1 in which $130,000 was awarded, the Community Foundation has $60,000 to allocate to the Round 2.0 initiative. Grant amounts must range between $5,000 and $15,000.
Local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt entities are eligible to apply. This includes nonprofits, units of government, school corporations, education institutions, and religious organizations.
February 1, 2023: Proposals Due
March/April 2023: Grant award(s) announced
Project Proposal Goals and Examples
Projects proposed should:
· Advance community aesthetics and beautification
· Address quality of place in one or more Fountain or Vermillion County community
· Create welcoming, inclusive space(s), accessible to all
· Promote a sense of ownership and pride in the community
· Bring community together in all phases of the project
· Contribute to community vibrancy
· Activate underused public spaces or create new ones
· Be completed and open to the public within one year of receiving WICF funds
· Have a sustaining impact
Some examples of the types of projects that may be eligible for grant funding include, but are not limited to:
· Streetscape beautification and walkability
· Alley activations
· Public plaza development
· Innovative public space amenities that encourage people to interact
· Community arts projects
· Farmer’s markets
· Amphitheaters and band shells
· Bike and pedestrian pathways
· Wayfinding (directional) signage
Need more info?
Let us know how we can help! Please give us a call for more details at (765) 793-0702.
Luke Foxworthy has been named the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Fountain County. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. Luke is the 42nd 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) and Indiana Humanities.
Mr. Foxworthy, of Fountain Central High School, has plans to attend Purdue University and pursue an aviation career with a professional flight degree. Luke ranks 3rd in his graduating class with a 3.929 GPA. He is the son of Josh and Rachel Foxworth of Hillsboro.
Luke has been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and sporting activities as he pursued his high school education including; football, basketball, baseball, 4-H, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Future Farmer’s of America, and others.
One of Mr. Foxworthy’s references wrote, “Luke has worked for us for four summers and has been one of the best summer employees that we have had. He is able to listen and follow directions, those skill allows us to trust him to work by himself and get a job completed correctly. His ability to do that is very valuable to us. Luke has the ability to look over a situation and determine the best way to get the job done. Sometimes these jobs are not glamorous and involve a lot of manual labor, Luke has no problem working hard to get the job done. He is on time and trustworthy. Luke has been able to let us know his schedule and he works to get his hours in here at the farm along with excelling in multiple sports and student activities. Luke has an excellent attitude and is enjoyable to work with. These skills along with his work ethic and attitude makes Luke a great employee and a person we value. I am confident that Luke will do well in college and in anything he sets his mind to.”
Twenty-eight 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 $486 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.
Lilly Endowment, Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.
While the past year has been challenging in many ways, there is hope for brighter days ahead as we continue to work together and help one another.
One key to withstanding the difficulties we may face is to be prepared. Whether you are married or not, raising a family or have no heirs, planning for or enjoying retirement, your financial security and the well-being of those you care about most, including your charities you hold dear to your heart, can be shaped by the plans you make today.
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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.
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 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 email@example.com.
Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Summer Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (wicf-inc.org)
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.