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Vermillion County
Community Foundation

President - Ed Shew
Vice-President - Oren "Doc" Sutherlin
Secretary - Nancy Reed
Treasurer - Larry Lynn
Member - Jeff Clark
Member - Kay Hicks
Member - Dr. Mary Margaret Rhees
Member - Mark Wilson
- Vermillion County Community Foundation:

Posted: May 12, 2022
Scholarship Recipients Announced

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

Posted: May 05, 2022
Summer Newsletters Released

Check out the Fountain County & Vermillion County Summer Newsletters at: WICF – Publications (

Posted: April 28, 2022
Recent Grant Recipients

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 →

Posted: April 26, 2022
AFFILIATES - Attica - Covington - Southeast Fountain - Vermillion County
New Funds to Benefit Area Communities

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 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

Posted: April 12, 2022
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
Foundation Partners with Dolly Parton Imagination Library

In partnership with the 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲 – in Newport (serving Helt, Highland, Eugene, and Vermillion townships), the 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐲 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐅𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧, is pleased to announce its affiliation with the 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐧’𝐬 𝐈𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐢𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐫𝐲. The Imagination Library is a book gifting program for preschool age children birth to age 5.

To enroll in the program, the children must live in a community that sponsors the Imagination Library. The program replication strategy is simple; monthly an age-appropriate book is mailed directly to the enrolled child’s home at no cost to the parent. The books are mailed directly to the child in order to create a sense of excitement and bond with the books. Dolly has a saying, “𝐼𝑓 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑎 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑘𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙.”

You may enroll a child in the program thru the link below if you reside in the townships of Helt, Highland, Eugene, or Vermillion in Vermillion County, Indiana.  Otherwise, contact the Clinton Public Library.…/affil…/INVERMILLION/…

Posted: April 04, 2022
AFFILIATES - All - Covington
Foundation to Host Family Night Event

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.

Posted: March 10, 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 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 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) 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.

Posted: February 22, 2022
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
NEW ~ Clinton High School Monument Memorial Fund

In early 2013 the old Clinton High School (1920-1977) was demolished to make way for a new Clinton Fire Department, which was constructed in 2020.  Bricks and limestone from the building were saved for use in the construction of a CHS Monument Memorial.  The city agreed to allow the memorial to be built on the corner of 4th and Mulberry St.

In addition to the initial cost of the construction of the monument memorial there would be ongoing maintenance costs associated with its care.  Therefore, the CHS Memorial Committee – Dick Mills (“1954”), George P. Carey (“1956”), Allen Shew (“1958), and Dean Strohm (“1963”) sought to raise funds for the initial cost of the memorial and to build a perpetual endowment for its long-term care and upkeep.

The initial fundraising efforts were successful and the CHS Monument Memorial has been constructed.  Donations continue to be received for the purpose of maintaining the monument and will be placed in the permanent endowment fund.  The City of Clinton – Fire Department has agreed to be the permanent custodian of the monument memorial as many former CHS alumni are no longer available to assist in providing upkeep for the monument.

The purpose of the fund is to provide support to the City of Clinton – Fire Department for providing assistance in supporting the maintenance and upkeep of the Clinton High School Monument Memorial.  Also, it will provide assistance for the maintenance, repair and restoration of the monument, brick pathway, benches, flowers, shrubbery, signage, and other markers of historical or architectural significance to the school, thus promoting an appreciation of school history to the educational benefit of the general public.

Donations to the Clinton High School Monument Memorial Fund may be made online or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, Attn: Clinton High School Monument Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.


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 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.

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