Touch here to see the entire listing of scholarship recipients awarded by the Community Foundation at the following Senior Awards Programs:
Wednesday, May 11 – Covington High School
Wednesday, May 11 – Fountain Central High School
Wednesday, May 18 – North Vermillion High School
Thursday, May 19 – South Vermillion High School
Friday, May 27 – Attica High School
Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Summer Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (wicf-inc.org)
Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
Covington Easter Egg Hunt ($1,000), Clinton Little League ($3,000), City of Attica – Shredd 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 →
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 (30) 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: 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.
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.
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): 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 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.