Community Foundation Now Accepting 2018 Community Good Grant Applications

Washington, Indiana–Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2018 Community Good grant cycle.

Funding requests are welcomed for charitable projects and activities that address needs and opportunities in the community, in the areas of health, human services, arts and culture, education, community development, and others that would improve quality of life in Daviess County.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Daviess County. Grant applications are reviewed by a volunteer selection committee that makes recommendations to the local advisory board, and final approval is made by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes and political parties or campaigns. Questions and requests for grant application training should be directed to Mary Smith at (812) 254-9354 or losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org.

Applications must be completed online via the Foundation’s website and submitted by midnight on Thursday, August 2, 2018.  More information, details, as well as guidelines and eligibility requirements can be found at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess/grants. Projects and activities may be from charitable entities qualified as 501(c)(3) or 509(a) organizations and from governmental agencies and other organizations not classified as 501(c)(3) public charities when the project or activity has a charitable purpose. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email on or before November 1, 2018.

2018 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds Award $58,750

Washington, Indiana–In April, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of 35 scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Eastside Park Community Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 18 funds established by generous donors provided scholarships totaling $58,750.

Foundation Board President Jim Pearson said, since the Foundation was organized in 1993, endowments have reached a milestone in giving back. “An amazing $643,037 has been given back to our community for education in the form of scholarships. Those scholarships continue to make a difference in the lives of countless students and families in our community today and for generations to come.”

Pearson then introduced David Lennen, Chairperson of the Foundation’s community scholarship selection committee, and Glenda Scudder, Foundation Board member and chairperson of the Daviess Lilly Scholarship selection committee. Lennen and Scudder introduced scholarship recipients as well as founders and representatives of the endowment funds.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded two $500 scholarships to Washington High School seniors Megan Norton and Elizabeth Stallman.

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Sarah Yoder, a senior at North Daviess High School.

Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship Fund awarded two $750 scholarships to Jeremiah Kirsch, Washington, a student at St. Louis University, and Taylor Swartzentruber, Odon, a student at the University of Evansville.

Steven L. Gines College Scholarship awarded a $250 scholarship award to Caleb Arthur, Washington High School.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship Fund awarded a $3,000 scholarship award to Connor Bowlin, Jasper.

Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship awarded a $900 scholarship to Jacob Sipes, Washington High School.

Leonidas (Lon) R. Horrall Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship award to Jeffrey Memering, Washington High School.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $250 scholarship to Jessica Wonder, Washington High School.

McCall Family Teachers Scholarship Fund awarded two $750 scholarships to North Daviess High School seniors Allison Byrer and Andrea Lengacher.

McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Jeffrey Memering, Washington High School, and Megan Nowling, North Daviess High School.

Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Elise Jerrells, North Daviess High School.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Clayton Underhill, Washington Catholic High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship Fund awarded $2,200 scholarships to Kameron Graber, Barr-Reeve High School; Elise Jerrels, North Daviess High School; Jeffrey Mayfield, North Daviess High School; Morgan Osmon, North Daviess High School; Clayton Underhill, Washington Catholic High School; Jessica Wonder, Washington High School; Lana Stoll, Barr-Reeve High School; Solomon Davis, Washington High School; William Webster, North Daviess High School; and Austin Yoder, Barr-Reeve High School.

Jo Ann Shawhan Memorial Scholarship awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Washington High School seniors Perla Franco and Cynthia Sandoval.

Sheldon Matthew Smith Memorial Scholarship awarded a $700 scholarship to Jacob Sipes, Washington High School.

William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship awarded a $500 scholarship to Jennifer Johns, Washington High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Sarah Yoder, North Daviess High School.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund awarded $1,250 scholarships to North Davies High School seniors, Jeffrey Mayfield, Elise Jerrels, Holli Norris, and Morgan Osmon.

The Friends of Daviess Fund Scholarship is awarded to students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The total awarded this year was $15,000. The recipients are Mary Lang, Barr-Reeve High School; Elizabeth Stallman, Washington High School; Hannah Ashby, Washington Catholic High School; Lilyann Durnil, Washington High School; Marcus Thorne, Washington High School; and Clayton Underhill, Washington Catholic High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Ashtin Wilson, North Daviess High School, will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The Community Foundation handles the application, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Funding Requests Now Being Accepted through the Women’s Fund of Daviess County

Washington, Indiana – The Womens’ Fund of the Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Daviess County.

The Women’s Fund is providing funding for a single grant of up to $10,000 to support a charitable project or program. Applications will be accepted through March 29.

The grant application process is being conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website. For more information and to begin the online application process, please visit the Women’s Fund Grants Program page. In addition to the online application, applicants should be prepared to make an oral presentation about their proposal if they are selected as a finalist. Finalist presentations will be made to Women’s Fund donors at a meeting on May 9, after which the grant recipient will be selected.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development projects and programs.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, operating costs not directly related to the proposed project or program, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

Additional questions should be directed to the Daviess County Community Foundation office by calling 812-254-9354 or emailing losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org

Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

December 7, 2017 – Washington, Indiana One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Ashtin Wilson will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Ashtin is the daughter of Dustin and Sandy Wilson of Odon and is a senior at North Daviess High School. She has excelled academically and participated in numerous school and community activities including student council, where she serves as President; North Daviess volleyball, where she serves as team captain; North Daviess track and field, Hoosier Girls State; Fields of Faith, where she serves as Chairman; and BETA Club . Following graduation, Ashtin plans to attend IUPUI to study Biomedical Engineering.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2018 application process began in August. Sixteen applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, seven applicants were selected to participate in an impromptu essay as well as a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) represents Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Daviess County high schools to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.

#GivingTuesday Event Matches Charitable Dollars

Giving Tuesday has finally arrived, kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Giving Tuesday has become a global movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.

TODAY ONLY on #GivingTuesday, November 28, the Daviess County Community Foundation is hosting a special online event focused on building permanent endowment funds for its local participating charitable partners, listed below. Best of all, the Community Foundation is again making $25,000 available to match any new gifts received on #GivingTuesday, multiplying the impact of donations.

To qualify for the matching dollars, only gifts received on November 28 will be eligible .
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… or you may give in person at the Community Foundation office location, 320 East Main Street in Washington from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

On #GivingTuesday, your gift will make a double difference in growing the permanent endowment funds held at the Daviess County Community Foundation for any of the following local charitable organizations:

Local organizations with funds at the Foundation include:

Agriinstitute Institute

Barn Youth Center in Odon

Barr Reeve Scholarship Foundation

Camp Illiana

Catholic Education Endowment

Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group

Compassionate Friends Memorial at Eastside Park

Daviess Community Hospital Foundation

Daviess County Family YMCA

Daviess County Historical Society Museum

Daviess County Right to Life

Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department

FFA of North Daviess Schools

First Baptist Church Youth Group

Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources

Friends for Animals Daviess County

Habitat for Humanity Daviess County

Ketcham Memorial

Leadership Daviess County

North Daviess Schools Scholarship Program

Parkview Village Christian Care

Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church

Pregnancy Care Center

Psi Iota Xi Sorority – Washington (Charitable Work)

Red Cross Services in Daviess County

Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County

Southwest Indiana Power House

St John Cemetery (Loogootee)

St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Loogootee)

United Way of Daviess County

Washington Carnegie Library

Washington Catholic Schools

Washington Community Schools Foundation

Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department

Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship

Washington Little League

Washington Parks and Recreation

Washington Soccer Federation

Charitable Partners Receive More Than $86,000 in Grant Awards

Washington, Indiana – The Daviess County Community Foundation granted awards totaling $86,467 for 12 organizations serving Daviess County. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Community Good Grants program, to charitably support arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development throughout the local community.

A family of unrestricted Community Good funds, established by individual donors and held and invested by the Foundation, provide the grant dollars for the awards. A list of the full family of Community Good funds established in Daviess County can be found at communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/daviess-family-of-funds/

Over the past few weeks, Foundation Board members visited organizations all over Daviess County to personally present the grants.

Recipients of the awards are:

  • $3,384 to Advocates for Smart Teen Choices for the Character Matters project
  • $18,035 to Lena Dunn Elementary School for the Outdoor Learning Exploration – Not Your Typical “Playground” project
  • $11,680 to Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department for the replacement of SCBA Bottles
  • $5,000 to Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County for the RSVP Van Purchase project
  • $4,200 to Bread of Life Ministry Inc. for the Coalition Loads project
  • $1,500 to Odon Winkelpleck Public Library for the OverDrive project
  • $4,200 to Hope House/ Church on the Way for the Hope House Community Sharing 2018 project
  • $8,368 to Backpack Food for Kids Program at Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids program
  • $5,000 to Youth First for the Youth First School Social Work program
  • $5,100 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for the Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana program
  • $10,000 to Daviess County Historical Society for the Daviess County Museum Community Historical Resource Center project
  • $10,000 to Odon Volunteer Fire Department for the Fire PPE project

 

Community Foundation to Host Giving Tuesday Event

Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, they launched a global movement that has engaged over 30,000 organizations worldwide. Giving Tuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

On November 28, the Daviess County Community Foundation will host their second annual Giving Tuesday event focused on building permanent endowment funds for their charitable partners. Organizations with permanent endowment funds held at the Foundation have been invited to join in the event. The list of these organizations is below.

The Community Foundation is making $25,000 available to match new gifts to grow the organizations’ endowment funds. Gifts on Giving Tuesday can make a double difference in growing permanent endowment funds for many local organizations.

To qualify for the matching dollars, gifts must be received on November 28, 2017. Gifts may be made online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess or at the office location, 320 East Main Street in Washington from 8:30 to 4 pm.

Local organizations with funds at the Foundation include:

  1. Agriinstitute Institute
  2. Barn Youth Center in Odon
  3. Barr Reeve Scholarship Foundation
  4. Camp Illiana
  5. Catholic Education Endowment
  6. Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group
  7. Compassionate Friends Memorial at Eastside Park
  8. Daviess Community Hospital Foundation
  9. Daviess County Family YMCA
  10. Daviess County Historical Society Museum
  11. Daviess County Right to Life
  12. Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer Fire Department
  13. FFA of North Daviess Schools
  14. First Baptist Church Youth Group
  15. Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
  16. Friends for Animals Daviess County
  17. Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
  18. Ketcham Memorial
  19. Leadership Daviess County
  20. North Daviess Schools Scholarship Program
  21. Parkview Village Christian Care
  22. Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
  23. Pregnancy Care Center
  24. Psi Iota Xi Sorority – Washington (Charitable Work)
  25. Red Cross Services in Daviess County
  26. Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County
  27. Southwest Indiana Power House
  28. St John Cemetery (Loogootee)
  29. St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Loogootee)
  30. United Way of Daviess County
  31. Washington Carnegie Library
  32. Washington Catholic Schools
  33. Washington Community Schools Foundation
  34. Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department
  35. Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship
  36. Washington Little League
  37. Washington Parks and Recreation
  38. Washington Soccer Federation

To qualify for the matching dollars, gifts must be received on November 28, 2017. Gifts may be made online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess or at the office location, 320 East Main Street in Washington from 8:30 to 4 pm.

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Opens

Washington, Indiana – The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2018. To learn more about conditions for the award, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application code please visit communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-daviess/. Deadline to apply is September 11, 2017. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of the Opportunities page: communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/opportunities/

The 2018 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2017.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance of Evansville (our governing body), and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation
Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, with oversight by a local 17-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a family of 155 charitable funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354.

$40,700 in Scholarships Awarded to Daviess County Students at Annual Reception

April 19, 2017 Washington, Indiana  Last night, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of a multitude of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Eastside Park Community Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 15 funds established by generous donors provided 32 scholarships totaling $40,700.

Foundation Board President, Alex Knepp, says the heart of the foundation’s scholarship process is the donor. “When a donor decides a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, we commit our work throughout the entire process to honor their wishes for the type of student they want to help. Those wishes include everything from being involved in 4-H to pursuing a certain vocation. Each scholarship is different and each one is set up to last forever through the Community Foundation’s unique power of endowment.”

Scholarship awards presented were:

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded two $1,000 scholarships to Washington High School seniors Callie Garland and Jonathan Niehaus.

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $1,400 scholarship to Kaylee Wagler, a senior at North Daviess High School.

John R. Chapman Scholarship Fund awarded Jonathon Ritter, North Daviess High School with a $500 renewable scholarship.

FOP Lodge 101 Scholarship Fund awarded a $900 scholarship to Pranee Alvarez, North Daviess High School.

Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship Fund awarded two $750 scholarships to Carrie Lane, Washington, a student at Indiana State University, and Sarah Clinton, Washington, a student at the University of Southern Indiana.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship Fund awarded two $1,500 scholarship awards to Collin Bowlin, Jasper and Connor Bowlin, Jasper.

Leonidas (Lon) R. Horrall Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Shelby Rudicel, Washington High School.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $300 scholarship to Fabian Becerra, Washington High School.

McCall Family Teachers Scholarship Fund awarded a $1,500 scholarship to Abby Cecil, North Daviess High School.

Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded a $400 scholarship to Cassie Atchley, North Daviess High School.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Macin Graber, Barr Reeve High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship Fund awarded $1,300 scholarships to Fabian Becerra, Washington High School; Isaiah Borders, North Daviess High School; Ariel DeMotte, Washington High School; Trevor Lengacher, Barr-Reeve High School; Kalen Ochs, Barr-Reeve High School; Neida Revolorio, Washington High School; Emma Steiner, Barr-Reeve High School; Kaylee Wagler, North Daviess High School; and Addyson Wesner, North Daviess High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship Fund awarded a $500 scholarship to Pranee Alvarez, North Daviess High School.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship Fund awarded $1,375 scholarships to North Davies High School seniors, Pranee Alvarez, Cassie Atchley, Jonathan Ritter, and Allyson Speer.

The Friends of Daviess Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The total awarded this year was $10,000. The recipients are Grace Bassler, Washington Catholic High School; Macin Graber, Barr-Reeve High School; Claire Jarrett, Washington Catholic High School; and Emily Schultheis, Barr-Reeve High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Senecia Graber, North Daviess High School, will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The Community Foundation handles the application, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

 

Community Foundation Women’s Fund Accepting Grant Applications For Charitable Projects

Washington, Indiana –  The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Daviess County.

The Women’s Fund held at the Daviess County Community Foundation is providing funding for a single grant of up to $10,000 to support a charitable project or program. Applications are being accepted through March 31.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development projects and programs.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, operating costs not directly related to the proposed project or program, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

The grant application process is being conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. In addition to the online application, applicants should be prepared to make an oral presentation about their proposal if they are selected as a finalist. Finalist presentations will be made to Women’s Fund donors at a meeting on May 10, after which the grant recipient will be selected.

Grant application training is available by contacting the Foundation office at 812-254-9354 or emailing mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

 

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

December 14, 2016 Washington, Indiana – One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Mary O. Barnard will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Mary, the daughter of Anthony and Angela Barnard of Washington, is a senior at Washington High School.

Mary is the daughter of Anthony and Angela Barnard of Washington and is a senior at Washington High School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including DECA, where she serves as state president; Academic Bowl; CEO program; WHS soccer, where she serves as team captain; United Way, where she serves in the WISH program; the Mount Olivet Church, where she serves as a teacher in vacation bible school; and the Journey to Bethlehem. Following graduation, Mary plans to attend an Indiana college to study business with a goal of giving back to the community in the field of marketing.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2017 application process began in August. Twenty-seven applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

Independent Colleges of Indiana is the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. As a non-profit association, ICI represents Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.  Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Daviess County high schools and Independent Colleges of Indiana to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 153 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

This year, generous donors to the Daviess County Community Foundation are making over $35,000 in scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Mary Smith, Regional Director. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and how to apply can be found at: communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic status. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process that may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure to submit all required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes you may have missed.

Applications are accepted online from the scholarship application page at: communityfoundationalliance.org/daviess/scholarships/apply/

The deadline for applying is midnight on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

13 Charitable Partners Receive Over $64,000 From Foundation

Washington, Indiana. November 11, 2016
Daviess County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $64,050 for 13 projects of 13 organizations serving Daviess County. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

Since its inception in 1993, Daviess County Community Foundation has conducted an annual Community Good Grants Program which provides a source for funding the changing needs of the community. Grants are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Daviess County by establishing and contributing to Community Good Funds held by the Foundation.

Community Good Funds established so far include Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund, Boyd Grain Farms/Tom and Marsha Boyd Fund, Callahan Family Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, Joan Daily Elliott Fund, Edward Jones and Co. Achievement Fund, First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund, Jones and Sons Concrete Fund, Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Unrestricted Fund, Jay E. Myers Unrestricted Fund, Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund, Old National Fund for Daviess County, Perdue Farms Inc. Unrestricted Fund, Singleton Family Fund, Swartzentruber Family Fund, Joe and Gladys Traylor Family Fund, and the Women’s Fund of Daviess County.

Throughout October and early November, Foundation Board members visited organizations throughout Daviess County to present the grants.

The grant awards include:

  • $5,000.00 to Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department for the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department Fire Helmets and Boots replacement project;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Community School’s North Elementary School for the North Elementary 21st Century Learners project;
  • $5,000.00 to Youth First for the Youth First Social Workers Program;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Carnegie Public Library for the Explore, Empower and Enrich II: Arts & Culture at your Public Library project;
  • $5,000.00 to Washington Police Department for the Interview Room System;
  • $5,000.00 to The Odon Lions Club Foundation for the Odon Park Play Ground Equipment project;
  • $5,000.00 to Daviess County Family YMCA for the Capital Lighting project;
  • $5,000.00 to Odon Police Department for the Technology Advancement and Public Relations project;
  • $5,000.00 to Southwest Indiana PowerHouse for the Study Room and Tutoring Development project;
  • $5,000.00 to Daviess Community Hospital for the Building Character through Education project;
  • $5,000.00 to Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids program;
  • $4,050.00 to Generations for the Volunteer project to lead Matter of Balance Fall Prevention workshops; and
  • $5,000.00 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement Programs in Daviess County.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 151 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

 

#GivingTuesday Match Multiplies Dollars for Charitable Partners

Giving Tuesday has finally arrived, kicking off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Giving Tuesday has become a global movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy, and today only, on #GivingTuesday, November 29, the Daviess County Community Foundation is hosting a special online event focused on building permanent endowment funds for its local charitable partners. Best of all, the Community Foundation is making $25,000 available to match any new gifts received on #GivingTuesday, multiplying the impact of donations.

To qualify for the matching dollars, only gifts received on November 29 will be eligible .
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… or you may give in person at the Community Foundation office location, 320 East Main Street in Washington from 8:30 am to 4 pm.

On #GivingTuesday, your gift can make a double difference in growing the permanent endowment funds held at the Daviess County Community Foundation for any of the following local charitable organizations:

Agriinstitute Institute
Barn Youth Center in Odon
Barr Reeve Scholarship Foundation
Camp Illiana
Catholic Education Endowment
Christ United Methodist Church Youth Group
Daviess Community Hospital Foundation
Daviess County Family YMCA
Daviess County Historical Society
Museum
Daviess County Right to Life
Elnora/Elmore Township Volunteer
Fire Department
FFA of North Daviess Schools
First Baptist Church Youth Group
Four Rivers Rehabilitation Resources
Habitat for Humanity Daviess County
Ketcham MemorialParkview Village Christian Care
Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church
Pregnancy Care Center
Psi Iota Xi Sorority – Washington (Charitable Work)
Red Cross Services in Daviess County
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County
Southwest Indiana Power House
St John Cemetery (Loogootee)
St Martin and St Rose Cemeteries (Loogootee)
United Way of Daviess County
Washington Carnegie Library
Washington Catholic Schools
Washington Community Schools Foundation
Washington Community Schools Foundation Athletic Department
Washington Community Schools Foundation College Scholarship
Washington Little League
Washington Parks and Recreation
Washington Soccer Federation

 

Daviess County Community Foundation Announces Details for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

The Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2017. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess. Deadline to apply is September 12, 2016.

The 2017 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for  required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a  baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body), and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic
well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 145 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

$4,200 Awarded from Community Foundation for Local Youth Projects

Members of the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council recently presented $4,200 in grant awards to five local organizations for projects serving youth in Daviess County.

“The efforts of our youth to select the organizations to receive these grant awards were outstanding,” says Alex Knepp, president of the Foundation’s Advisory Board who also serves as a mentor of Council members.  “Their work, in completing the required training, reviewing, deliberating, and ultimately making recommendations for grants to the local Board, is a very positive impact on youth all over our county.”

The Youth Council accepts funding requests once a year, according to a yearly cycle that this year, began in February. The Council reviewed all grant applications and made its recommendations on funding to the Daviess County Community Foundation Board in May. Youth council members visited local organizations to present the grant awards in this summer.

Grant recipients this year were

  • $1,000 to Illiana Christian Assembly, Inc. for the Six Grade Day at Camp Illiana from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $1,000 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement in Daviess County from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $200 to Odon Winklepleck Public Library for the Summer Reading Program from the Smithville Charitable Foundation Youth of Daviess County Fund,
  • $1,000 to Southwest Indiana Power House for the Power House Gardening Initiative from the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund, and
  • $1,000 to Washington Community Schools for the Washington H3 (Hatchets to the 3rd Power), also none as Hatchets Helping Hatchets Program, from the Daviess County Community Foundation Youth Council Endowed Fund.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Board of Trustees, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 140 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Camp Illiana. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Mary Barnard (right) presents the grant award to Camp Illiana representatives from left Ashlynn Stoll, Amanda Matthews, and Rebecca Guthrie. The grant supports the Camp’s Six Grade Day.
Camp Illiana. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Mary Barnard (right) presents the grant award to Camp Illiana representatives from left Ashlynn Stoll, Amanda Matthews, and Rebecca Guthrie. The grant supports the Camp’s Six Grade Day.
Southwest Indiana Powerhouse. Nathanial Rainey, Southwest Indiana PowerHouse Executive Director (left) accepts a grant check from Youth Council members Clayton Underhill (center) and Emma Schuler (right). The grant supports the Power House Gardening Initi
Southwest Indiana Powerhouse. Nathanial Rainey, Southwest Indiana PowerHouse Executive Director (left) accepts a grant check from Youth Council members Clayton Underhill (center) and Emma Schuler (right). The grant supports the Power House Gardening Initi
Youth Council member Jenna Johnson (second from right) makes a grant presentation to Dr. Dan Roach (left), Barb Knepp (center) and former WHS principal, Leanne Kelly. The grant supports Washington Community Schools’ Washington H3 Program.
Youth Council member Jenna Johnson (second from right) makes a grant presentation to Dr. Dan Roach (left), Barb Knepp (center) and former WHS principal, Leanne Kelly. The grant supports Washington Community Schools’ Washington H3 Program.
Junior Achievement. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Jeremiah Kirsch (right) presents the grant award to Stacy Carr, Junior Achievement Events and Grant Manager for Junior Achievement in Daviess County.
Junior Achievement. Community Foundation Youth Council member, Jeremiah Kirsch (right) presents the grant award to Stacy Carr, Junior Achievement Events and Grant Manager for Junior Achievement in Daviess County.
Odon Winklepleck Public Library. Youth Council members members present a grant check to Odon Library for the Summer Reading Program. Shown (l to r) are Sarah Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Stallman, Marsha Lynn with the Odon Library, and Lily Durnil.
Odon Winklepleck Public Library. Youth Council members members present a grant check to Odon Library for the Summer Reading Program. Shown (l to r) are Sarah Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Stallman, Marsha Lynn with the Odon Library, and Lily Durnil.

Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

WASHINGTON, IND. (May 6, 2016) – The 2017 Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

“The 2017 Scholar will receive our community’s 36th Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Community Foundation Director, Mary Smith. “We are pleased to provide this scholarship opportunity to Daviess County students.”

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is adjusting its timeline for choosing a local scholar. The Foundation’s volunteer Scholarship Committee members will meet in May to review its scholarship criteria and selection process to ensure it is compatible with the new deadline.

The Foundation will make Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applications for 2017 graduates available in early August 2016. Completed applications will be due to the Community Foundation sometime in September 2016. The dates will be announced publically and to high school guidance offices when school resumes in August.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through Community Foundation will remain unchanged; with those applications available in December, 2016 and due in February, 2017.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 140 permanent funds, established by caring people and organizations that give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.Community Foundation Alliance.org/Daviess.

Cherry Tree Plaza, LLC Establishes Community Fund

Washington, Indiana  The Daviess County Community Foundation recently accepted a $10,000 gift from  the owners of the Cherry Tree Plaza, to establish a new Community Good or unrestricted endowment fund.

“The beauty and strength of the new Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund is the flexibility that the fund will provide in addressing a broad range of local needs, including future needs that often cannot be anticipated,” says Mary Smith, Foundation Director.

According to the ownership  of Cherry Tree Plaza,  the company wanted to meet and support the ever-changing needs of Daviess County and found a solution with the Community Foundation. Recognizing that  Daviess County is developing quickly, with many changes, the ownership of the shopping center stated,  “We cannot accurately predict those changes, but by working through the Foundation, we can be assured that we are helping to address the needs of Daviess County, both today, and for many years to come.”

The Cherry Tree Plaza Community Fund will provide support for the Foundation’s annual discretionary grant program, which last year awarded $115,000 to 14 charitable organizations for 16 different projects. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

Cherry Tree Plaza is a 143,000 square foot shopping center located on Business Highway 50 in Washington, Indiana. Co-tenants include: Jay C Foods, Southern Wireless, Anytime Fitness, New Wave Communications, Jimbo’s, Smooth You Medical Spa, Eyeworks, Nail Salon, Hibbett Sporting Goods, Goody’s, Perk Up, Traderbakers, and Orscheln Farm and Home.

 

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with input from a local 16-member volunteer advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

2016 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds Award $61,900

Washington, Indiana  Last night, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of a multitude of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Eastside Park Community Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 16 funds established by generous donors provided 35 scholarships totaling $61,900.

Foundation Board President, Glenda Scudder, says the foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor decides a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, the foundation works closely with the donor to honor their wishes throughout the selection process,” said Scudder. “So when our volunteer selection committee makes the selections, they base scores around those same specifications the donor described to us.”

“The best part of these scholarships is because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment, those donors can be assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but forever,” added Scudder.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Ray L. Angerer Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Westminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Ray L. Angerer. Applicants must be communicant members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and participation and service to the church, to the community, and to school are among the requirements. This year’s award is $400, and the recipient is Melody Rohrer, a Barr Reeve High School graduate who is attending the University of Illinois.

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, to benefit a Washington High School graduating senior. Along with several other factors, selection is based on financial need, the applicant’s level of athletic involvement, and their participation in a faith community. This year’s $1,000 awards went to Washington High School seniors Madison Igleheart, Carrie Lane, and Sarah Norton.

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley, by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who demonstrate qualities associated with a good moral character and citizenship, including a cooperative attitude, respect for authority figures, responsibility and dependability, honesty, and friendliness. This year’s $1,600 scholarship recipient is Sarah Fitzgerald.

Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Veale Creek Players in memory of Lawrell Ray Hilgeman.  Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at any accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions featured at the Veale Creek Theatre in Washington. The award this year is $800, and the recipient is Elizabeth Brochin, Washington, who is a student at Indiana State University.

FOP Lodge 101 Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lodge 101 of the Washington Indiana Fraternal Order of Police. Graduating seniors of any Daviess or Martin County high school pursuing post-secondary education in law enforcement or a related field (excluding corrections officers) may apply. The award this year is $900, and the recipient is Caleb Lankford, Washington High School.

Ronald Frette and Ann Frette 4-H Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the Daviess County 4-H Club Association in honor of long-time supporters, Ronald and Ann Frette. Daviess County residents who are graduates of a Daviess County high school and pursuing post-secondary undergraduate studies or training may apply. Applicants must have participated in a Daviess County 4-H program for at least five years, completed at least two 4-H projects during each of those years, and maintained a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) during high school. Applicants must also demonstrate personal interest in, and positive attitude toward, continuing their education and demonstrate good moral character. This year, 2 awards of $900 were presented to Carley Petty, Washington, a student at Indiana State University, and Robinson Wesley Richardson, Washington, a student at Purdue University.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the employees of Kent-Grain Processing Corporation in Washington to encourage the dependents of employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. This year’s two $1,250 scholarship awards were presented to Emily Pargin, Lawrenceville, Illinois, and Ian Dudenhoeffer, Petersburg.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Cathleen M. (Lynch) Kendall in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. The award this year is $500, and the recipient is Israel Waggoner, Washington High School.

McKinley Vance Agri-Business Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lucile Vance in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school with a scholastic rank in the upper third of their class may apply. Applicants must have participated in 4-H for at least four years and be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at a college or university, pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture. The award is $900 this year, and the recipient is Carrie Winklepleck, North Daviess High School.

Lenore Overholser Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Lenore Overholser by her daughter, Kay Sander, and grandsons, Chad Sander and Craig Sander. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) majoring in education at any accredited college or university may apply. Applicants must be involved in extra-curricular activities outside the classroom and/ or community service. This year’s award is $500, and the recipient is Brian Lawyer, North Daviess High School.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Peoples National Bank in Washington. It is open to seniors from any Daviess County high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average planning to major in a business related course of study at any accredited college or university. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. This year’s $500 award recipient is Colten Garland, Washington High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Martha Risley Reiners in memory of her husband. The fund typically awards multiple graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school for tuition, books, and required fees of post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate good scholastic standing and financial need. This year, the award amount for each scholarship is $2,700. The recipients are Abigail Clifford, North Daviess High School; Adam Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Jalon Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Brian Lawyer, North Daviess High School; Amillia Mize, Washington Catholic High School; Jerica Mc Cracken, Washington High School; Dhruv Patel, Washington Catholic High School; Hannah VanderMel, North Daviess High School; Israel Waggoner, Washington High School; and Kendra Yoder, Barr Reeve High School.

William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by William E. Summers and the late Phillip M. Summers in memory of their parents. Graduating seniors of Washington High School planning full-time enrollment at Vincennes University are eligible, with preference given to students majoring in Business or Education. The award this year is $500, and the recipient is Israel Waggoner, Washington High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis W. Wallace and her daughter Marcia L. McConnell. Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Lenzi Brewer.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Maxine Williams in memory of Charles and Maxine to benefit North Daviess High School graduating seniors. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This year, 4 students were selected to receive a $1,375 scholarship. They are Trent Bowman, Lenzi Brewer, Jenna Meadows, and Hannah VanderMel.

The Friends of Daviess Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 16 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the alternate scholarships are made possible by local donors who have contributed to the Friends of Daviess County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded to the top four alternates this year is $15,000. The recipients are Zachary Walker, Washington High School; Wyatt Shafer, North Daviess High School; Clayton Walker, Washington High School; and Jenna Johnson, Washington High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Gracen Jarrett, Washington Catholic High School, will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The Community Foundation handles the application, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Named

Washington, Indiana. One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Gracen Jarrett will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Gracen is the daughter of Jeffery and Christine Jarrett of Washington and is a senior at Washington Catholic High School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including the Washington Soccer Equipment Drop and Swap, 4-H, DECA, Hoosier Girls State, Beta Club, CEO program, soccer, and Our Lady of Hope Church. Following graduation, Gracen plans to study agricultural economics with a goal of giving back to the community as an agricultural sales agent and entrepreneur.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2016 application process began in January. Sixteen applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, seven applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 17-member advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 140 permanent funds, established by caring people and organizations that give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.Community Foundation Alliance.org/Daviess.

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

Washington, Indiana. February 25, 2016.   The Daviess County Community Foundation announces the opening of their spring grant cycle. Applications will be accepted through March 30 for charitable projects or activities in Daviess County.

Three funds held at the Daviess County Community Foundation provide support for the grants. The Women’s Fund of Daviess County will provide for a single grant of up to $4,000 to support a charitable project or program. The Daviess County Youth Council Fund and the Smithville Charitable Youth of Daviess County Fund will together make up to $1,000 available for four programs or projects serving youth.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, operating costs not directly related to the proposed project or program, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

The grant application process is being conducted exclusively online via the Community Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Grant application training is also available. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 812-254-9354 or email mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with involvement by a local 16-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Daviess County Community Foundation

WASHINGTON, IND. (January 5, 2016) – Perdue Farms, through the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Daviess County Community Foundation. This unrestricted fund donation will be deposited in the Perdue Farms Unrestricted Fund and matched by the Lilly Endowment Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) initiative.

“This gift builds the Perdue Farms Fund with our Community Foundation. This fund was first established in 2002 and has already awarded over $7,000 in grants back to charitable programs and projects in this community,” said Mary Smith, director of the Daviess County Community Foundation. “Perdue Farm’s partnership with us is making a difference in Daviess County and will do so forever. On behalf of our Board, I extend our sincere appreciation for this gift and their ongoing support.”

David Wells, director of Perdue operations in Washington, said, “We are pleased to work closely with the Daviess County Community Foundation and to partner with them for all they do for our community. Their ability to provide a perpetual source of Community Good grants through the Perdue Farms Fund impacts Daviess County today and will continue to do so well into the future.”

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 17-member advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 140 permanent funds, established by caring people and organizations that give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit
www.Community Foundation Alliance.org/Daviess.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly and his two sons, Eli and J.K. Jr., with gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical company. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. The Endowment affords special emphasis to projects that benefit young people and financial self-sufficiency in the nonprofit, charitable sector. To learn more, visit http://www.lillyendowment.org.

About Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.

About The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation

The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.

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Erich Felkner, left, and David Wells with Perdue Farms, and Mary Smith, Glenda Scudder, John Dudenhoeffer, and Alex Knepp, with the Daviess County Community Foundation.

 

Community Foundation Awards $115,000 to 14 Charitable Partners

Washington, Indiana. November 16, 2015.   Daviess County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $115,000 for 16 projects of 14 organizations serving Daviess County. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

Over the past 3 weeks, Foundation Board members visited organizations all over Daviess County to present the grants. During a recent meeting of the Elnora Town Board, $24,000 was presented to the Elnora Police Department for the purchase of a newer vehicle, mobile data terminal, radar unit, and personal body cameras. Additionally, a $20,400 grant was awarded to the Cannelburg Volunteer Fire Department for the purchase of new protective gear.

The other grant awards include:

$3,800 to Bread of Life Ministry Inc. for Coalition Loads;

$12,000 to Church On the Way for the Hope House 2016 Sharing Program;

$1,200 to the Children’s Center for Dance Education, “The Children’s Nutcracker” program;

$13,500 to Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids project;

$10,000 to the Pregnancy Care Center of Washington, Inc. for the New Mom Initiative project;

$4,100 to the Odon Police Department for body cameras and personal protective equipment;

$3,000 to the Daviess County Partnership Inc. for Jubilee Christmas program;

$1,800 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for a new Computer Room;

$8,000 to Washington Community Schools for the Lena Dunn Elementary Today a Reader; Tomorrow a Leader project;

$600 to Washington Community Schools for the North Elementary School “15 cents worth of STEM” program;

$5,000 to Washington Community Schools for the Griffith Elementary School “Building “Accelerated Readers” in an Accelerated World” Program;

$2,000 to the Salvation Army- Indiana Divisional Headquarters for Daviess County Service Extension – Emergency Assistance Program;

$3,000 to Four Rivers Resources for the Ride Solution Driver Safety Enhancement Program; and

$2,600 to Southwest Indiana PowerHouse for safety and security improvements.

In addition to the Community Good Grants, $1,600 was awarded from the Doris I Potts Fund to Friends for Animals for the Heartworm Education, Prevention, and Treatment Program.

Since its inception in 1993, Daviess County Community Foundation has conducted an annual Community Good Grants Program which provides a source for funding the changing needs of the community. Grants are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Daviess County by establishing and contributing to Community Good Funds held by the Foundation.

Community Good Funds established so far include Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund, the Callahan Family Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, the Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, the Joan Daily Elliott Fund, Edward Jones and Co. Achievement Fund, First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, the Jim and Kathy Havill Family Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Unrestricted Fund, Jones and Sons Concrete Fund, Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Unrestricted Fund, Jay E. Myers Unrestricted Fund, Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund, Old National Fund for Daviess County, Perdue Farms Inc. Unrestricted Fund, Singleton Family Fund, Swartzentruber Family Fund, the Traylor Fertilizer Service Inc./Joe and Gladys Traylor Fund, and the Women’s Fund of Daviess County.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Board of Trustees, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Alpha Psi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi Establishes New Donor-advised Fund

The Alpha Psi Chapter of Psi Iota Xi is a local network of friends dedicated to helping others with time, money, and love, and meeting needs whether cultural, educational, social, or financial. Music, art, literature, literacy, and speech and hearing have been their focus, and their hallmark work is supporting the speech and hearing department at Daviess Community Hospital.

The group has received regular support from a Community Foundation endowment fund established in 1995 by deceased member, Dorothy Myers. The designated fund provides annual grants to support the charitable work of the group and is set up to do so forever.

Impressed and grateful for the endowment fund established by Myers, the Psi Iota Xi women started thinking about how they too could award grants to other charitable organizations in the community. Supporting a broad range of charitable needs, even broader than the guidelines of their sorority charter, was important to them. They also wanted to take an active role in the grant-making process every year.

After consultation with the Daviess County Community Foundation, the group established a new donor-advised fund. The fund is set up so the local Psi Iota Xi chapter stays involved in the giving experience by suggesting grant awards from the fund. With the group’s broad range of community interests, it’s an ideal vehicle for them to fulfill their charitable interests both now and for generations to come.

For Daviess County Community Foundation Board member, Elaine Wellman, an alumna of the Psi Iota Xi group, the partnership holds a special place in her heart. So much so that Wellman used Facebook to challenge members to contribute to the fund during the Lilly GIFT VI match. “With the 1-2 match during the period through March 31, 2016, it’s a great time to build a brand new fund.”

The Daviess County Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Psi Iota Xi to fulfill their charitable wishes. For more information about a donor-advised fund, contact mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org

 

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

Washington, Indiana  June 15, 2015  Daviess County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2015 Community Good grant cycle.

“This is the open grant cycle for charitable organizations seeking funding,” says Mary E. Smith, Foundation Director. “It’s a competitive process, and we encourage our charitable partners to bring us their very best creative ideas and requests for making a difference in our community.”

Grants are normally given as one-time support of a project but may be considered for additional support or for expansions or outgrowths of an initial project. The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Daviess County. Grant applications are reviewed by a volunteer selection committee that makes recommendations to the local advisory board, and final approval is made by the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc.

Applications must be completed online via the Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess and submitted by midnight on Monday, August 3, 2015. Projects and activities may be from charitable entities qualified as 501(c)(3) or 509(a) organizations and from governmental agencies and other organizations not classified as 501(c)(3) public charities when the project or activity has a charitable purpose. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome via email on or before October 31, 2015.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, normal operating costs, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

Questions and requests for grant application training should be directed to Smith at 812-254-9354 or mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. 

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 140 permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where the funds’ investment earnings make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

 

2015 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds Award $60,970

Washington, Indiana  Last night, the Daviess County Community Foundation announced recipients of a multitude of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship reception. Held at the Knights of Columbus Building in Washington and sponsored by Old National Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 13 funds established by generous donors provided 35 scholarships totaling $60,970.

Foundation Board President, Jim Pearson, says the foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor decides that a scholarship is the way they want to make a difference in the community, the foundation sets up the endowment fund with precise directions to honor their wishes,” said Pearson. “And, throughout the process, their wishes are honored, including when our volunteer committee makes the selections and bases scores around those same specifications that the donor described to us.”

“The best part of these scholarships is because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment, those donors can be assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but forever,” added Pearson.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Ray L. Angerer Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Westminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Ray L. Angerer. Applicants must be communicant members of Westminster Presbyterian Church and participation and service to the church, to the community, and to school are among the requirements. This year’s award is $800 and the recipient is Melody Rohrer, Barr-Reeve High School.

Derek Ray Arvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the family of Derek Ray Arvin, class of 2014, to benefit a Washington High School graduating senior. Along with several other factors, selection is based on financial need, the applicant’s level of athletic involvement and their participation in a faith community. This year’s $1,000 awards go to Jacob Gross, Rebecca Guthrie, Luke Raymond, and Marlee Stoner.

Ronald Todd Beasley Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Ronald Todd Beasley, by his parents, Ronald Lee and Diane Beasley; his brother, Dr. Harley Scott Beasley; and friends. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who demonstrate qualities associated with a good moral character and citizenship, including a cooperative attitude, respect for authority figures, responsibility and dependability, honesty, and friendliness. This year’s $1,500 scholarship recipient is Brooke Swartzentruber.

Lawrell Ray Hilgeman Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Veale Creek Players in memory of Lawrell Ray Hilgeman.  Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary degree at any accredited college, university, or vocational institution and have been involved in productions featured at the Veale Creek Theatre in Washington. The award this year is $800 and the recipient is Elizabeth Brochin, Washington who is a student at Indiana State University.

FOP Lodge 101 Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Lodge 101 of the Washington Indiana Fraternal Order of Police. Graduating seniors of any Daviess or Martin County high school pursuing post-secondary education in law enforcement or a related field (excluding corrections officers) may apply. The award this year is $1,000 and the recipient is Morgan Yoder, Barr Reeve High School.

GPC Washington Employees Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by the employees of Kent-Grain Processing Corporation in Washington to encourage the dependents of employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential. This is the first year for the $1,000 scholarship and the recipient is Kayla Mercer, Washington, who is a student at Indiana State University.

David K. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Cathleen M. (Lynch) Kendall in memory of her husband. Graduating seniors of any Daviess County school who attended Lena Dunn Elementary School may apply. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Jacob Gross, Washington High School.

Peoples Bank/German American Bancorp Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Peoples National Bank in Washington. It is open to seniors from any Daviess County high school with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average who are planning to major in a business related course of study at any accredited college or university. Selection is based on academics and leadership skills. This year’s $500 award recipient is Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School.

Dwight Risley Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Martha Risley Reiners in memory of her husband. The fund typically awards multiple graduating seniors of any Daviess County high school for tuition, books, and required fees of post-secondary education. Applicants must demonstrate good scholastic standing and financial need. This year, the award amount for each scholarship is $3,000. The recipients are Maria Barco, Washington High School; Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School; Lynetta Graber, Barr Reeve High School; Jacob Gross, Washington High School; Baleigh Miller, Barr Reeve High School; Jessica Miller, North Daviess High School; Megan Osmon, North Daviess High School; Eli Schnarr, Washington High School; and Jacob Smiley, North Daviess High School.

Sheldon Matthew Smith Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Judge Gregory A. and Natalie J. Smith in memory of their son, Sheldon. The scholarship is for graduating seniors of both Washington High School and Washington Catholic High School planning to pursue a degree in writing, computer graphics, computer game design, computer art design, or computer animation, computer programming, and/or web design. The awards this year are $500 each. The recipients are Blaine Fuhs, Washington Catholic High School and Rebecca Guthrie, Washington High School.

William and Mary Summers Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by William E. Summers and the late Phillip M. Summers in memory of their parents. Graduating seniors of Washington High School planning full-time enrollment at Vincennes University are eligible with preference given to students majoring in Business or Education. The award this year is $500 and the recipient is Drew Davis, Washington High School.

Fred J. Walker, Jr. Journalism Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Frederic Joseph Walker, Jr. Professor Walker lived in Washington and served as a journalism professor at Vincennes University. Graduating seniors of both Washington Catholic and Washington High Schools who plan to study journalism at Vincennes University are eligible for this award. The award this year is $1,200.  This year’s recipient is Drew Davis, Washington High School.

Marilyn L. Wallace Scholarship is an annual scholarship established in memory of Marilyn Wallace by her husband Lewis W. Wallace and her daughter Marcia L. McConnell.  Graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who plan to pursue post-secondary education in health or health-related fields are eligible for this award. The award this year is $670 and the recipient is Logan Wagler.

Charles and Maxine Williams Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Estate of Maxine Williams in memory of Charles and Maxine to benefit North Daviess High School graduating seniors. Applicants must be graduating seniors of North Daviess High School who are planning to pursue a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year educational institution or trade school. This is the first year for awarding this scholarship and 4 students were selected to receive a $1,375 scholarship. They are Sara Graber, Jessica Miller, Megan Osmon, and Brooke Swartzentruber.

Daviess County Community Foundation Scholarship awards scholarships to those students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 35 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship and as in years past, the alternate scholarships are made possible by local donors who have contributed to the Friends of Daviess County endowment fund. The total amount being awarded to the top four alternates this year is $15,000. The recipients are Elaynna Brashear, Washington High School; Caitlin Kamplain, Washington High School; Natalya Meinhart, Washington High School; Jasmine Patel, Washington Catholic High School; Logan Tedrow, Barr Reeve High School; and Lauren Walker, Washington High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Daviess County Lilly Scholar. Bailey Kendall, Washington High School, will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment from the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. The Community Foundation handles the application and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with input from a local 16-member volunteer advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Named

Washington, Indiana. One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Bailey Marie Kendall will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Bailey is the daughter of Jim and Susan Kendall of Washington and is a senior at Washington High School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including DECA, Beta Club, Academic Bowl, CEO program, student council, 4-H, and the New Hope Christian Church Youth Group. Following graduation, Bailey plans to attend an Indiana college to study chemical engineering with a goal of giving back to the community as a patent agent.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2015 application process began in January. Thirty-five applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, seven applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 32 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. One of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States, the Foundation helps people make meaningful gifts that improve life in Daviess County today and for generations to come. A part of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., a network of nine counties in southwestern Indiana, the Daviess County Community Foundation manages over $11 million in assets and in 2014, made over $500,000 available to projects benefiting many areas of community life. Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Daviess County high schools and Independent Colleges of Indiana to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.

 

Community Foundation Now Accepting Grant Applications

Washington, Indiana. February 9, 2015.   The Daviess County Community Foundation announces the opening of their spring grant cycle. Applications will be accepted through March 16 for charitable projects or activities in Daviess County.

Three funds held at the Daviess County Community Foundation provide funding for the grant cycle. The Women’s Fund will provide for a single grant of up to $4,000 to support a charitable project or program. The Daviess County Youth Council and Smithville Charitable Youth of Daviess County funds will together make up to $1,000 available for four programs or projects serving youth.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

Agencies and projects not eligible for funding include religious organizations for religious purposes, political parties or campaigns, endowment creation or debt reduction, operating costs not directly related to the proposed project or program, capital campaigns, annual appeals or membership contributions, and travel requests for groups or individuals such as bands, sports teams, or school classes.

The grant application process is being conducted exclusively online via the Community Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess

Grant application training is also available. For more information, contact the Foundation office at 812-254-9354 or email mary@daviesscommunityfoundation.org.

 

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Established in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 16-member Board of Trustees, the Foundation is made up of a collection of permanent funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Daviess County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington. To learn more, call 812-254-9354 or visit www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.

 

 

 

First Federal Savings Bank of Washington Establishes Community Good Fund

Washington, Indiana. January 16, 2015.  The Daviess County Community Foundation today accepted a $10,000 donation from First Federal Savings Bank of Washington to establish a new community good or unrestricted endowment fund.

“The beauty and strength of the new First Federal Savings Bank of Washington endowment fund is the flexibility that the fund will provide in addressing a broad range of local needs, including future needs that often cannot be anticipated,” says Mary E. Smith, Foundation Director.

According to Tom Richardson, First Federal Bank President, the bank wanted to meet the ever-changing needs of Daviess County and found the answer at the Community Foundation. “We know Daviess County is developing quickly, with many changes throughout the community,” says Richardson. “We cannot accurately predict those changes but by working through the Foundation, we can be assured that we are helping to address the needs of this community, both today, and for many years to come.”

The First Federal Fund will provide support for the Foundation’s annual discretionary grant program which last year awarded $150,000 to 23 charitable organizations for 24 different projects. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

 

Community Foundation Now Accepting 2015 Lilly Scholarship Applications

Washington, Indiana. December 18, 2014. One Daviess County student will be selected as the Daviess County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. The scholarship provides 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 regionally accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

Daviess County students may now apply for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation’s website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Daviess.  Deadline for applications is midnight on January 19, 2015.

Details about the award are posted on the website as well as eligibility criteria and application instructions. Applications will be scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities and sports, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles.  Based on results from the initial review, applicants will be selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the local volunteer scholarship committee completes its evaluation, scholar nominees will be  submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of a Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Founded in 1972, ICI is a nonprofit corporation, representing 31 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit independent colleges and universities in the state. Among its activities, ICI provides a variety of collective services for member institutions in an effort to realize efficiencies of scale and to reduce costs and provides information about independent higher education in Indiana to public and private bodies as appropriate. ICI also assists students at member and non-member higher education institutions through scholarship programs such as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

About the Daviess County Community Foundation

Founded in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local area. One of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States, the foundation serves residents of Daviess County, offering people a variety of ways to achieve their goals for this community through charitable giving. The Foundation’s office is located at 320 East Main Street in Washington.

 

Open House Celebrates Bennett’s Retirement

Washington, Indiana. December 18, 2014.   At an open house celebration last night at the Daviess County Community Foundation, local board members, community partners, and donors extended best wishes to Foundation Administrative Assistant, Deborah Bennett.

Bennett retired from the Foundation on Wednesday, after serving as Administrative Assistant for the past six years. During her time with the Foundation, Bennett has reinforced many initiatives to grow endowment, including the establishment of a Women’s Fund and Youth Council as well as adoption of e-communication and accounting practices.

Bennett said her experience working at the Foundation has been very rewarding. “It has been wonderful working with all of you in one way or the other.”

Bennett was also recognized for her service to the Foundation at a Women’s Fund Dinner on November 18th and at a Community Foundation Alliance staff luncheon on December 3rd.

 

Foundation Awards $150,000 to 23 Charitable Partners

November 17, 2014.   Washington, Indiana.

Daviess County Community Foundation recently announced grant awards totaling $150,000 for 24 projects of 23 organizations serving Daviess County. The grants were based on the Foundation’s funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

During a grant presentation at the Washington City Council meeting on November 10, Daviess County Community Foundation Advisory Board President, Jim Pearson and Director Mary E. Smith presented $18,115 to the Washington Police Department for six video and audio in car recording systems and $24,600 to the Washington Parks and Recreation Department for ADA playground equipment in city parks.

Washington Mayor Joe Wellman said that the city was thankful for the funding and that one project in particular was something the city had long struggled to provide. “The ADA playground equipment has been something we have been talking about for some time. We know it’s needed and we have been trying to figure out a way to fund it. This grant is going to go a long way in helping us provide this type of equipment for those who use our parks.”

The other 2014 grants and projects are:

$15,000 to the Daviess County Family YMCA for construction of a new Special Needs/Family Changing Room at pool level in the facility,

$3,400 to United Way of Daviess County for two Born Learning Trail Kits for the agency’s Day of Caring 20th Anniversary event in 2015,

$3,500 to Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for Junior Achievement Program Expansion at various Daviess County schools,

$6,285   to the Odon Police Department for Radars, Drug Identification, and Bicycle Unit Equipment,

$600 to Feed My Sheep of Daviess County for a New Copy Machine,

$930 to Central Christian Church for the Kids’ Harvest Garden at Central Christian Church,

$2,000   to Generations for the Generations Senior Games event,

$4,000   to Washington Carnegie Public Library for the Explore, Empower and Enrich:  Arts & Culture Program at the library,

$9,000   to the Pregnancy Care Center of Washington, Inc. for the Essentials for Newborns/Baby Bucks Program,

$1,900 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Daviess County for the Savvy Seniors Fraud Prevention Seminar,

$1,870 to Purdue Extension-Daviess County for the Strengthening Families through Education: Parent’s Night Out Program,

$12,000 to Hope House for the Hope House Community Sharing Program,

$3,150 to Senior and Family Services, Inc. for a Home Health Aide Complete Video Training Program and a Parking Lot Safety Project,

$5,000 to the American Red Cross, Old Northwest Territory Chapter for the Delivering Help, Hope, and Healing Program in Daviess County,

$11,050 to Central Christian Church for the Backpack Food for Kids Program,

$4,400 to Lighthouse Recovery Center for the Men’s Health and Recreation Center building project,

$3,800 to Bread of Life Ministry Inc. for Coalition loads in Daviess County,

$7,100 to Friends for Kids for the Life Skills for Children Program,

$3,500 to Travis Burkhart Foundation for a generator, PA system, tables, chairs for the TBF Life Support project,

$2,500 to John 15:12, Inc. for the Back to School Bash, and

$5,000 to Daviess County Partnership Inc. for Jubilee Christmas-2014

Since its inception in 1993, Daviess County Community Foundation has conducted an annual discretionary grants program which provides a source for funding the changing needs of the community. Discretionary grants are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Daviess County by establishing and contributing to community good funds held by the Foundation. Community good funds established so far include Black Beauty Daviess County Community Fund, Senator Homer and Irma Capehart Fund, Daviess County Memorial Fund, Dudenhoeffer Family Fund, Edward Jones and Company Achievement Fund, Friends of Daviess County Fund, Home Building Savings Bank FSB Fund, Maysville Enterprises LLC Fund, Midwest Natural Gas Corporation Fund, Jay E. Myers Fund, Dr. Horace and Mary Norton Family Fund, Old National Fund for Daviess County Fund, Perdue Farms, Inc. Fund and Traylor Fertilizer Services Inc./Joe and Gladys Traylor Fund.

 

 

Dana Winklepleck, NBC 2 News Anchor, Takes Women’s Fund Donors “Behind the Scenes”

August 15, 2014.  Washington, Indiana.

News anchor Dana Winklepleck was in Washington on Thursday and women of all ages went “behind the scenes” of the newsroom and heard her thoughts on how women can be empowered.

Winklepleck was the keynote speaker for the annual Dessert before Dinner of the Daviess County Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund. The event took place at the Padaco event facility in Washington. Co-sponsored by German American Bank, a variety of desserts were on the menu.

A well-known television personality and experienced broadcaster, Winklepleck presented a motivating talk about her personal journey in the field of broadcasting. The 100 women attending learned her insights to empower women to achieve fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

 

Parkview Village Christian Care Establishes Endowment Fund

February 10, 2014.  Odon, Indiana.

The Daviess County Community Foundation was recently selected to manage and administer a fund to support the charitable, educational or other exempt purposes for Parkview Village Christian Care in Odon.

According to Community Foundation Board President, John Dudenhoeffer, “We are honored to be of assistance to Parkview in this way. We applaud Parkview’s Director Gina Wagler and the Board of Directors, for their vision in partnering with the Community Foundation to manage this fund for the long-term stability of all their charitable efforts.”

According to Wagler, establishing the fund became a reality when a local donor stepped forward.

“We are very thankful for the support of Troy Stoll,” said Wagler.  “His gift helps us take the first step to establish an endowment for Parkview.”

“Parkview’s work is a cause I care about,” said Stoll. “They are providing a service that enhances the lives of many in Daviess County.”

Using the Community Foundation allows donors to give to the causes and community in a way that lasts forever.  By offering the power of endowment, gifts are invested to grow over time.  Earnings from investments are then used to make grants that provide benefits forever.

Mary E. Smith, Director of the Community Foundation, said, “In addition to grants, Parkview Village Christian Care will receive several benefits from this investment with the Community Foundation.  Our administrative fees are very competitive and there will be educational and promotional opportunities to grow the fund.  Funds that we manage are listed on our printed materials, on our website, and are mentioned in our presentations making this information available to potential donors.”

“We congratulate Parkview and look forward to working with them to increase this asset,” added Smith.