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President - Ed Shew
Vice-President - Oren "Doc" Sutherlin
Secretary - Nancy Reed
Treasurer - Larry Lynn
Member - Mark Wilson
Member - Dr. Mary Margaret Rhees
Member - Kay Hicks
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Posted: January 13, 2022
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 that donations in their memory go to the Community Foundation.  We honor the following individuals (click on the name for more details): 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) Stevensand 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.

Posted: January 12, 2022
APPLY NOW! Scholarship Opportunities Available

The scholarship application process is now open for high school seniors to apply for over 115 scholarships in Fountain and Vermillion County, administered by the Western Indiana Community Foundation.

Local scholarships range from $500 to nearly $10,000 and they are a great form of financial aid because they don’t have to be paid back.  For a complete and up-to-date listing of scholarships and their criteria, visit our website at:

The deadline to apply online for all scholarships is March 1.

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

Posted: December 22, 2021
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

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 wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Hours:
Friday, December 24 ~ Closed
Monday, December 27 ~ Closed
Friday, December 31 ~ Closed

Posted: December 15, 2021
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Vermillion County Named

Cale Royer has been named the recipient of the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Vermillion County. He is the son of Scott and Nikki Royer and the 41st Vermillion 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).

Cale has been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and sporting activities as he pursued his high school education including; soccer captain, certified soccer referee, basketball, 4-H and Youth/Adult Congress Attendee, Junior Leaders president and Aquatic Science Club leader, National Merit Semifinalist, South Vermillion Academic Excellence I & II, National Honor Society, Rising Star of Indiana, Senior Class President, Voice of Democracy recipient, Optimist International Oratorical recipient, Indiana Senate Paige, church activities volunteer, Hong Kong Exchange program host, youth mentor/presenter for 4-H, Clinton Optimist Soccer League, Conservation Day, S.P.A.R.K. CLUB, the Clinton Public Library, participates in Vermillion County and Vermillion Trails Alliance clean ups and is employed.

One of Mr. Royer’s references wrote, “Cale has taken these problem-solving skills to his job on the family farm engineering devices to make the particular task more efficient. A perfect example was this year’s 4-H Electric project. This 4-Her developed a device that could and should be patented. Testing lights on a trailer can be cumbersome as each needs to be tested individually. This 4-Her designed and built an electronic test where the trailer is plugged into a small box.  This box has lights that coordinate with the trailer lights.  If the ‘box light’ lights up, then the corresponding trailer light works.  If not, then the point of troubleshooting has been determined quickly. Keep in mind I do not have a technical mind, and this is my very simplified version of this project that is amazing and blew the judge away!”

During Cale’s interview it was evident he has purposely selected classes, employment and activities that would enhance his own experiences and education for his long- and short-term goals. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, he plans to return to Vermillion County, open a design firm focusing on technologies for specialty crop production and operate a farm that will serve as a testing ground for new products while providing food for his community.

Twenty Vermillion County students applied for this year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  The first phase of the selection process was for each selection committee member to score the application based on five criteria. These include goal statement, academic performance, community/non-school service, special situation, and personal references. Then the committee came together and totaled the application scores from each committee member.  The students with the highest five scored applications were invited to continue the scholarship process with an interview.

The second phase of the selection process included each of the finalists from the schools being interviewed by the scholarship committee. Each committee member independently scored each applicant on a sixth criteria which was the interview.

Following the final scoring, three finalists were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the Vermillion County Community Foundation’s 2022 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.

Posted: November 26, 2021
Giving at Year-End

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.

Click here for ideas that may help you make the most of your charitable gifts at year-end.

Posted: November 18, 2021
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
NEW ~ Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Established

The Harold and Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund has recently been established at the Vermillion County Community Foundation to benefit graduates of South Vermillion High School.

This scholarship has been founded by Jean Rieches, in honor of her late husband, Harold “Harry” Rieches who passed away on February 10, 2021. Harry was a Korean War veteran with the United States Army, worked as a CPA, and previously owned the Dog ‘N Suds in Clinton. He was a former board member and Past President of the Vermillion County Hospital Board of Trustees; a Treasurer of the Collett Home, Past Treasurer of Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Past Treasurer of LIFT, and Past President of the Clinton Jaycees. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois. He spent winters in Green Valley, Arizona, and he had traveled the world.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sons, Ray and Brian Rieches; a daughter, Jeanie; and a sister Gladys Rink of Henderson, Nevada. He is survived by his wife, Jean Rieches; a daughter, Sue Ann (Darrell) Cooperrider of Tarpin Springs, Florida.; a sister, Aldine Rittenauer of Lafayette, Indiana; two grandchildren, Jordan and Sean Cooperrider; a brother-in-law, Mike Wirz of Brownstown, Illinois; and many good friends.

The scholarship will be awarded to South Vermillion High School graduates who are pursuing a college major or career in business or accounting. Several criteria will be taken into consideration when choosing the recipients. Most importantly, there will be a strong focus on financial need as well as the students’ school and/or work-related activities. Additional criteria include community and volunteer service as well as having a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

Donations to the Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund may be made online at or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, Attn: Harold & Jean Rieches Scholarship Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.

Posted: November 01, 2021
Recent Grant Recipients

Congratulations to recent grant recipients:
N0rth Vermillion Elementary School ($1,000), Clinton Public Library ($3,000), Veedersburg Revitalization Association ($7,000), Covington Christian School ($4,965), North Vermillion Falcon Christmas Store ($2,000), Covington Trojans Youth Football ($5,500), Purdue Extension – Fountain County ($7,000), Eugene Station Community Garden ($4,400), Attica Fire Department ($5,649,), Helt Fire & Rescue ($15,000), Town of Dana ($10,000), Friends of the Fountain County Fairgrounds ($30,000), Perrysville Fire Department ($3,000), Hillsboro Police Department ($2,000), Clinton Little League ($3,000), Attica Early Learning Center ($9,000), Covington Girls Softball League ($8,000), Fountain County Sheriff’s Dept. ($5,000), Servants at Work ($3,000), NICHES Land Trust ($2,133), City of Covington ($6,500), City of Attica ($6,000), Mellott Volunteer Fire Dept. ($9,000), South Vermillion High School ($500).  More →

Posted: October 30, 2021
New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

Twenty-four (24) 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: 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

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