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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
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Posted: February 03, 2023
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): 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 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: January 04, 2023
Apply NOW for Foundation Scholarships!

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!  Deadline is March 1.

Posted: December 16, 2022
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 Merry Christmas Season and a Happy New Year!

Holiday Hours:
Friday, December 23 ~ Closed
Monday, December 26 ~ Closed
Monday, January 2 ~ Closed

Posted: December 12, 2022
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Vermillion County Named

Evan Galloway has been named the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Vermillion County.   Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. This is the 42nd 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).

Mr. Galloway, of North Vermillion High School, has plans to attend Rose Hulman Institute of Technology or Purdue University and obtain an electrical engineering degree.  Evan ranks 2nd in his graduating class of 61 with a 4.17 GPA with 49 credits earned.  He will graduate with a Core 40 Academic Honors diploma.

Evan has been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and sporting activities as he pursued his high school education including: four year National Honor Society member with an office each year, Academic Super Bowl member with social studies captain two years and science captain one year, four year member student government officer holding office each year; four year football, senior captain with three year letterman, wrestling and junior captain, swim team  sophomore captain within MVP and Mental Attitude awards/ 2 year letterman, four year member track and 2 year letterman ; involved in school musicals backstage and a minor role on stage.

Evan takes it to heart being a mentor to younger students to encourage them academically and socially. He enjoys volunteering at school helping with junior high and high school track meets which includes working the Banks of the Wabash event. He has assisted with the Farmers Market especially involved with the fitness portion for children.

Besides balancing school, academic activities, volunteerism, Evan has been employed each summer.  Last summer he worked 40 hours a week with Chris Davis Roofing.  Several references in his application commented on the level of maturity, drive, dedication, work ethic and positive character Evan demonstrates in all his does.

One of Mr. Galloway’s references wrote, “Evan is actively engaged in the (learning) process. He enjoys talking about what his is learning, he wants to have a complete understanding, he strives to look at every side of a question or answer, and he likes to think critically and ask questions. He goes beyond just what is required and consistently pursues knowledge just to have knowledge.  He asks questions because he is genuinely curious even when he understands the standard that is being taught and his questions connect to higher learning.

The letter of recommendation continues “Evan is a person of integrity. He is a leader in the building, in his grade, and on the field.  This is one of things that helps to separate Evan from others. While most academic students have leadership roles and balance great deal of different activities, jobs, and roles; Evan has a unique ownership to this.  If Evan is going to be a part of something, he is going to give it 100%. He isn’t going to join something or become a member if he doesn’t think that he will be able to give it at the attention and time that it needs. Because of this Evan is reliable and accountable for the things that he signs up for.”

During Evan’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 electrical engineering degree, he intends to work in the aeronautical field with the long-term aspiration to be an astronaut.

Sixteen Vermillion County students applied for this year’s Lilly Scholarship.  The first phase of the selection process was for a team of school staff to nominate 6 students for scholarship from their respective school.

During the second phase of the selection process, the selection committee scored the applications based on five criteria for the students from the home school. The criteria include goal statement, academic performance, community/non-school service, special situation and personal references. The North Vermillion selection committee scored the North Vermillion nominees, and the South Vermillion selection committee scored the South Vermillion applicants.  After the applications had been scored individually by the home school committees, home school committees conducted the first round of interviews.  The four students with the highest scored applications with an interview score were invited to continue the scholarship process with an interview.

The third phase of the selection process for the four finalist was a second interview with the opposite school committee.  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 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: December 05, 2022
Foundation Announces “Better Together Creative Places Grantmaking Initiative” 2.0

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.

Grant Timeline
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.

Posted: December 03, 2022
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 28, 2022
AFFILIATES - Vermillion County
New ~ Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund Established

The goal of the Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund is to keep Ernie Pyle’s legacy alive and in doing so honoring the memory of those who served.

Located in the west-central Indiana town of Dana, the site features Ernie Pyle’s birthplace and a museum highlighting the famous journalist’s life and writings as a correspondent during World War II.  The historic site is owned and operated by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, a nonprofit organization (federal tax ID number: 35-1866228) dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Pyle’s legacy in Dana, as well as throughout Indiana and the nation.

Pyle was born on August 3, 1900, to a tenant farm family just outside of Dana. He was an only child. He was educated in local schools and studied journalism at Indiana University-Bloomington before setting out on his newspaper career.  He maintained contact with his family and hometown throughout his life. He was on assignment as a war correspondent when he died on April 18, 1945, after being struck by a Japanese machine gunner’s bullet on Ie Shima, a small island near Okinawa in the South Pacific. He was 44 years old.

The house in which Pyle was born was rescued from demolition in the mid-1970s and restored by an upstart organization which became the Friends of Ernie Pyle. A local fundraising effort allowed the house to be moved from its original rural location into the town of Dana. It was dedicated as an Indiana state historic site in 1976.

The site in its expanded form was re-dedicated with a new museum in 1995 and operated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources until December 2009, when it was closed due to state financial cutbacks. In September 2010, the Friends re-opened the site through special arrangement with the state. In fall 2011, the State of Indiana gave ownership of the site to the Friends of Ernie Pyle.  On Jan. 1, 2012, the site was renamed the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum.

One of the purposes of the Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund and the Ernie Pyle WWII Museum is to promote awareness and understanding of the legacy and times of WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle.  The museum also aims to provide a place where relevant educational programs can be provided.  In addition, the Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund may support programs and projects associated with Ernie Pyle and the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum such as, but not limited to: the regular operating support of the Museum, startup costs for new initiatives offered by the Friends of Ernie Pyle, and capital costs associated with the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum, including equipment, repair and/or remodeling of facilities, new facilities, etc.

Contributions to the Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund are tax deductible and can be made online at or mailed to: Vermillion County Community Foundation, ATTN: Friends of Ernie Pyle Endowment Fund, PO Box 532, Clinton, IN 47842.

Posted: November 18, 2022
AFFILIATES - All - Attica - Covington - Southeast Fountain
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 or mailed to: Western Indiana Community Foundation, Attn: The Pay It Forward Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 175, Covington, IN 47932.

Posted: November 17, 2022
AFFILIATES - Attica - Covington - Southeast Fountain - Vermillion County
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

Posted: November 01, 2022
Fall Newsletters Released

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

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