Foundation Awards $45,320 to 12 Charitable Partners

Knox County, Indiana—September 25, 2018  The Knox County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $45,320 for 12 projects of 11 organizations serving Knox 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.

  • $5,000 to Children and Family Services, Corp. for Prevention Programming-7th Grade Pilot Project, Year 2;
  • $4,830 to Tecumseh-Harrison Elementary for the FastForWord Reading Project;
  • $6,500 to Children and Family Services, Corp. for the Community Foundation & CASA: Nurturing Vulnerable Children via Quality Child Advocacy Project;
  • $2,450 to Pace Community Action Agency for the Nature Explore, Playground Expansion Project;
  • $5,000 to Backpacks of Love for VCSC for the Backpacks of Love for VCSC Program;
  • $2,040 to Good Samaritan Hospital for written materials for the Fit Kids Program;
  • $1,500 to Generations for the Aging Well Retreat;
  • $5,500 to Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for automotive lifts and parts for the Automotive Ministry Project;
  • $5,000 to The Salvation Army for the Pathway of Hope Program;
  • $1,000 to Mental Health America-Knox County for the Mental Health Moving Assistance Project;
  • $4,000 to the Knox County 4-H Council for the 4-H Dog Club Trailer Project; and
  • $2,500 to Freelandville Improvement Club for the Freelandville Community Mural.

All the grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing to and contributing to Field of Interest and Community Good Funds held by the Foundation.

Community Good funds established so far include: Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund, Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund, Louis (Brocky) Brocksmith Family Fund, Burkhart Family Fund, Jim and Gail Eskew Fund, Farbest Foods Community Good Fund for Knox County, Friends of Knox County Fund, David and Pam Gardner Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, Jim & Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund, Bill & Jenny Hackney Family Fund, Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund, Jacoby Family Fund, Leonard Family Fund, Richard P. & Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund, Clarence J “Mac” McCormick III Fund, Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund, Gordon, William & Christina Miller Fund, John D. Miller Memorial Fund, Dr. Roger and Sue Montgomery Fund, Old National Fund for Knox County, Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund, Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund, Kathy Rinsch “For Knox County, Forever.” Fund, Dr. Phillip M Summers Family Fund, Chris & Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund, Waldroup Family Fund, Norbert M. & Louise A. Welch Fund, and the Youth Inspiring Peers Fund. Field of Interest Funds established so far include Eugene & Marilyn Glick Fund-Education Enhancement in Knox County.

For further information or assistance:
Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact

losmon@communityfoundationalliance.org (812) 254-9354

Foundation Announces Details for 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Knox County, Indiana) The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2019 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 2019. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the program page. Deadline to apply is August 30, 2018.

The 2019 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2018.

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 1 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 conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, 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 education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

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.

$9,100 Awarded from 2018 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

Vincennes, Indiana – In May, the Knox County Community Foundation announced recipients of 9 scholarship awards during their annual scholarship breakfast. Held in the Fort Sackville Room in the Student Union Building at Vincennes University and sponsored by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 8 funds established by generous donors provided scholarships totaling $9,100.

Foundation Board Vice President, Georgiann Leonard, said since the Foundation was organized in 1996, endowments had reached a milestone in giving back. “An amazing $171,072 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 forever.”

Leonard introduced scholarship recipients and recognized founders and representatives of the endowments.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded by Dr. Brian Arnold and family in memory of their son Zack. Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. The $1,500 award was presented to Mikayla Burch, a senior at South Knox High School.

Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather. Heather was a firefighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and the scholarship benefits a student who is a member of or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. The $1,000 award was presented to Alex Smith, a Vincennes Lincoln High School senior.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the church. It benefits any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. The $500 scholarship was presented to Abigail Kifer, a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School.

Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. Deaton Grove, South Knox High School, and Rylee Hammelman, North Knox High School, each were awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Kathleen W. Rinsch Memorial Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. A former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School, she started this scholarship to encourage students to pursue the field of education. Dalton Nelson, a senior at South Knox High School, was awarded a $600 scholarship.

Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was created by Sarah Keller in memory of her mother. Applicants must demonstrate interest in or plan to pursue a major in English or history. The $1,000 award recipient was Dalton Nelson, South Knox High School.

Robert Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was created by Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her mother. It benefits graduating seniors at Vincennes Lincoln enrolled in theatrical and musical productions. The $500 scholarship was awarded to Seth Arnold, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Friends of Knox Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 20 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 Knox County endowment fund. A total of $5,000 was awarded this year. Recipients were Mason Utt, North Knox High School, and Jeremiah Hardig, South Knox High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Knox County Lilly Scholar. Nate Kaffenberger, Vincennes Lincoln 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 administers the scholarship,, and a volunteer selection committee of community leaders completes the review process for this award, submitting final nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Knox Community Good Grant Program Now Inviting Funding Requests

Vincennes, Indiana – The Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2018 Community Good grant cycle. Applications must be completed online via the Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Knox and submitted by midnight on Thursday, June 21, 2018.

Only 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 are eligible to apply. All organizations submitting grant proposals will be notified of the outcome on or before September 26, 2018. 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 Knox County.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Knox 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 should be directed to the Foundation office at (812) 886-0093. Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 for generations to come. The Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes.

Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

December 11, 2017 – Vincennes, Indiana One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Nate Kaffenberger will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Nate is the son of Alan and Beth Kaffenberger of Vincennes and is a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School. He has excelled academically and participated in numerous school and community activities including student council; National Honor Society; Key Club, where he serves as a board member; Lincoln High School swim team, where he serves as Captain; Lincoln High School musical productions; Hoosier Boys State; and has served as a student volunteer for the Vincennes Swim Team. Following graduation, Nate plans to attend an Indiana college to study Multidisciplinary Engineering.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2018 application process began in August. Twenty 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 activities, a written essay, a personal statement of goals, work experiences, school activities, and honors and awards. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their communication and interview skills.

After the Knox 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 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Knox 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 Knox 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, your gift will go further on #Giving Tuesday: the Community Foundation is making $20,000 available to match new gifts to grow the organizations’ endowment funds!

To qualify for the matching dollars, only gifts received on November 28 will be eligible .
Give conveniently and securely online here: donate_button1

… or at the office location, 20 N 3rd St, Suite 301 (third floor of the Old National Bank building) from 8:30 to 4 pm.

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

Local organizations with funds at the Foundation include:

AgrIInstitute

American Cancer Society

ATTIC

Camp Arthur

Christian Educational Foundation of Vincennes

Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship Program

First Christain Church in Vincennes

First United Methodist Church in Vincennes

Gibault Boys School

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice

Grouseland Foundation

KCARC

Knox County 4-H Association

Knox County Community Foundation

Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation

Knox County Humane Society

Knox County Public Library

Knox County Salvation Army

Knox County Soil & Water Charitable Endeavors

North Knox Scholarship Foundation

Psi Iota Xi- Alpha Omicron Chapter

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vincennes

Sandborn Community Park

Senior Citizens Center of the Vincennes YMCA

South Knox Education Foundation

St. James Episcopal Church in Vincennes

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vincennes

Upper Indiana Presbyterian Church

Vincennes Community Food Pantry

Vincennes Education Foundation

Vincennes Lincoln High School Academic Society

Vincennes Lincoln High School Choir Boosters

Vincennes Rotary Foundation

Vincennes University

Vincennes University Community Series

Vincennes University Foundation

YMCA of Vincennes

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 Knox County Community Foundation will host their first 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 $20,000 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/Knox or at the office location, 20 N 3rd St, Suite 301 (third floor of the Old National Bank building) from 8:30 to 4 pm.

Local organizations with funds at the Foundation include:

AgrIInstitute

American Cancer Society

ATTIC

Camp Arthur

Christian Educational Foundation of Vincennes

Council of College and Military Educators Scholarship Program

First Christain Church in Vincennes

First United Methodist Church in Vincennes

Gibault Boys School

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

Good Samaritan Hospital Hospice

Grouseland Foundation

KCARC

Knox County 4-H Association

Knox County Community Foundation

Knox County Department of Parks and Recreation

Knox County Humane Society

Knox County Public Library

Knox County Salvation Army

Knox County Soil & Water Charitable Endeavors

North Knox Scholarship Foundation

Psi Iota Xi- Alpha Omicron Chapter

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Vincennes

Sandborn Community Park

Senior Citizens Center of the Vincennes YMCA

South Knox Education Foundation

St. James Episcopal Church in Vincennes

St. Jude’s Research Hospital

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vincennes

Upper Indiana Presbyterian Church

Vincennes Community Food Pantry

Vincennes Education Foundation

Vincennes Lincoln High School Academic Society

Vincennes Lincoln High School Choir Boosters

Vincennes Rotary Foundation

Vincennes University

Vincennes University Community Series

Vincennes University Foundation

YMCA of Vincennes

Charitable Partners Receive $35,000 in Grant Awards

Vincennes, Indiana – The Knox County Community Foundation granted awards totaling $35,025 to 10 charitable organizations serving Knox County yesterday. 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.

“Several different projects received funding, and so many people in our community will benefit,” says Chris Hertel, President of the Knox County Community Foundation Advisory Board.

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 Knox County can be found at communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/knox-family-of-funds/

“Our donors ultimately make this giving possible,” added Hertel. “We appreciate their investment in these permanent endowment funds that allow us to address Knox County’s ever-changing needs through this kind of flexible, strategic grantmaking, year after year.”

Community Good grants were awarded during a grants presentation luncheon on September 27. Recipients of the awards are:

  • Vincennes City Parks for the Lester Square Fitness Initiative
  • Children and Family Services for the Prevention Programming Expansion
  • Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for the HHH Kitchen project
  • Backpacks of Love for the Backpacks of Love for VCSC Project
  • Mental Health America-Knox County for the Mental Health Transportation project
  • YMCA of Vincennes for supplies and equipment for the 3rd Grade Water Safety Project
  • James Whitcomb Riley Elementary School for the Closing the Reading Gap project
  • First Christian Church KETA (Kids Equipped to Achieve) for the Kids Equipped to Achieve Toiletries Project
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry for the “Meat” the Need 2017 project
  • Camp Wildwood Foundation for doors and window for the Important Needs project

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Opens

Vincennes, Indiana – The Knox 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-knox/. Deadline to apply is August 31, 2017. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of the Opportunities page: communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/scholarships/opportunities/

The 2018 Knox 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 Knox County Community Foundation
Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, with oversight by a local 20-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a family of 141 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 Knox 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 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093.

Community Good Grant Proposals Now Being Accepted

Vincennes, Indiana / May 12, 2017— Knox County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for their 2017 Community Good grant cycle.

The Foundation awards Community Good grants to charitable partners located in or directly serving Knox County. 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. During the 2016 Community Good grant cycle, grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 were awarded to charitable projects benefiting 13 agencies.

Applications must be submitted online at communityfoundationalliance.org/grant/knox-discretionary-grant/ and submitted by midnight on Friday, June 30, 2017. 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 September 29, 2017.

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 classes.

Questions and requests for grant application training should be directed to Mary Smith, Regional Director at 812-254-9355.

$13,250 Awarded from 2017 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

May 9, 2017 / Vincennes, Indiana—Today, the Knox County Community Foundation announced recipients of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship breakfast. Scholarships totaling $13,250 were awarded from 9 funds established by generous donors. Held in the Fort Sackville Room in the Student Union Building at Vincennes University and sponsored by First Vincennes Savings Bank, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation.

Foundation Advisory Board President, Chris Hertel, 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 honoring their wishes for the type of student they want to help. Those wishes may include recognizing students involved in specific activities, such as church participation, or students who are 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.”

“Because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment we offer, those donors are assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but for generations to come,” added Hertel.

The following Scholarship awards were presented:

Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded by Dr. Brian Arnold and his family in memory of his son Zack. Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. This year’s award is $1,500, and the recipient is Johnna Snider, South Knox High School.

Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather. Heather was a firefighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and the scholarship benefits a student who is a member of or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. This year’s award is $300 and the recipient is Robert Willis III, Vincennes University.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the church. It benefits any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. This year’s award is $350 and the recipient is Bryan Andrews, Vincennes Rivet High School.

Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year’s award is $3,000 and the recipient is Jesse Organ, North Knox High School.

Kathleen W. Rinsch Memorial Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. A former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School, she started this scholarship to encourage students to pursue the field of education. This year’s $600 award recipient is Elysa Moreland, North Knox High School.

Schott North America Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the company to assist children of Schott employees with their college funding. This year’s award is $1,000 and the recipient is Nathan Kiger, Palestine High School.

Persis McClure Hurst Memorial Scholarship was created by Sarah Keller in memory of her mother. Applicants must demonstrate interest in or plan to pursue a major in English or history. This year’s $1,000 award recipient is Bryan Andrews, Vincennes Rivet High School.

Robert Nordhorn Memorial Scholarship was created by Marcia Nordhorn in memory of her mother. It benefits graduating seniors at Vincennes Lincoln enrolled in theatrical and musical productions. This year’s $500 award recipient is Evelyn Crowley, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The Friends of Knox Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 24 students completed the application and interview process 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 Knox County endowment fund. A total of $5,000 was awarded this year. The recipients are Abigail Wissel and Johnna Snider, both seniors at South Knox High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Knox County Lilly Scholar. Madison Franklin, Vincennes Lincoln, 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.

Foundation Focuses Grant on Community-wide Problem

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Program has been awarded a $40,000 TLC (Target Lasting Change) grant from the Knox County Community Foundation. The program lifts participants out of poverty and away from dependency on public assistance.

According to Chris Hertel, President of the local Board, the TLC grant initiative is a fitting celebration for the Foundation’s 20th year.

(left to right) Susy Battles and Chris Hertel, members of the Knox County Community Foundation Advisory Board; Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam; Salvation Army Advisory Board chairman, Joel Smith; Pathway of Hope Case Manager, Kelly Britt; and Rob LaRoy and Steve Gray, members of the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

“The first TLC grant was awarded in 2008 to Life After Meth and the second awarded in 2012 to Hope’s Voice,” said Hertel. “What makes this grant so meaningful is we are able to award it during our 20th anniversary year and target those dollars to dramatically change the lives of those living in poverty.”

TLC projects must strategically address a pressing community need and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community. Just like the Foundation’s Community Good grants, donors to unrestricted endowments make the program possible.

According to Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam, Pathway of Hope was established to break the cycle of poverty.  “Too often poverty can be something a family has always lived in or because of unforeseen circumstances, the family can be thrust into poverty without warning. Many are living paycheck to paycheck with no source of emergency funding so we want to help families establish self-sufficiency so they can be better prepared if troubles come.”

One qualifying characteristic of Pathway of Hope participants is that they have a child in their home under the age of 18 so that the shift to self-reliance is actively modeled for the children. “Knox County has a large population of people that rely on government assistance and help from area agencies and churches,” Lunnam added. “We see many generations of the same family come in for food together.”

Eligibility for participation includes having at least one child under the age of 18 and being motivated to take action toward self-sufficiency. Program participants normally come from community referrals and families who have routinely requested assistance from The Salvation Army. “The well-established Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance Program that The Salvation Army has conducted for years provide great opportunities to engage persons in need and to make them aware of the program and its potential impact on their families,” said Lunnam.

“We believe long term community outcomes from this program would result in a reduction in homelessness, a reduction in bad debt/charity care among providers of goods and services, an increase in word of mouth among successful participants to encourage others, increased school attendance among participants’ children, and increased pro-social community participation among program participants, and an increase in employment and education levels among participants and their children,” Lunnam said.

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

December 15, 2016 Vincennes, Indiana – One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Madison Lynn Franklin will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Madison, the daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes, is a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes and a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School, she has excelled academically. She has been active in a variety of school and community activities, including Rotary Interact Club president; National Honor Society; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; student council vice president; Youth Leadership Knox County; United Methodist Church Youth Group; Tri-M; and the Lincoln High School dance and volleyball teams. Following graduation, Madison plans to attend an Indiana college to study physical therapy with a goal of giving back to the community in the health care field.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2017 application process began in August. Twenty-four 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 Knox 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 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 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

This year, generous donors to the Knox County Community Foundation are making $10,950 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 the application are posted at: communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/scholarships/opportunities/

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 the 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 that you may have missed.

To apply, visit: communityfoundationalliance.org/knox/scholarships/apply/

The deadline to apply is midnight Wednesday, January 25, 2017.

Foundation Focuses Grant on Community-Wide Problem

The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope Program has been awarded a $40,000 TLC (Target Lasting Change) grant from the Knox County Community Foundation. Recipient TLC projects must strategically address a pressing community need and aim to make a significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the broader community. The Pathway of Hope Program lifts participants out of poverty and away from dependency on public assistance.

According to Salvation Army Captain Laura Lunnam, Pathway of Hope was established to break the cycle of generational poverty.  “Too often poverty can be something a family has always lived in, or because of unforeseen circumstances, the family can be thrust into poverty without warning. We see many generations of the same family come in for food together. Many are living paycheck to paycheck with no source of emergency funding, so we want to help families establish self-sufficiency, so they can be better prepared if troubles come.”

The Pathway of Hope program is a national program provided by the Salvation Army. Participants join the program and receive help to navigate challenges toward a better future. To get there, a Salvation Army caseworker works with participants to design a plan around individual goals, needs, and strengths. Participants receive help to create a plan and then access needed services to attain personal and family goals leading to their independence and self-sufficiency.

Eligibility for participation includes having at least one child under the age of 18 and being motivated to take action toward self-sufficiency, so that the shift to self-reliance is actively modeled for the children. Program participants normally come from community referrals and families who have routinely requested assistance from The Salvation Army. “The well-established Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance Program that The Salvation Army has conducted for years provide great opportunities to engage persons in need and to make them aware of the program and its potential impact on their families,” said Lunnam.

“We believe long term community outcomes from this program would result in a reduction in homelessness, a reduction in bad debt/charity care among providers of goods and services, an increase in word of mouth among successful participants to encourage others, increased school attendance among participants’ children, and increased pro-social community participation among program participants, and an increase in employment and education levels among participants and their children,” Lunnam said.

According to Chris Hertel, President of the local Knox County Community Foundation Board, the TLC grant initiative is a fitting celebration for the Foundation’s 20th year. “What makes this grant so meaningful is we are able to award it during our 20th anniversary year and target those dollars to dramatically change the lives of those living in poverty.”

Donors to unrestricted endowments established with the Community Foundation make the TLC grant program possible. The first TLC grant was awarded in 2008 to Life After Meth, a program that helps  incarcerated addicts recover and re-enter the community, and the second in 2012 to Hope’s Voice, a program that works with those affected by domestic and sexual violence.

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

The Knox 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 knoxcountyfoundation.org. Deadline to apply is September 9, 2016.

The 2017 Knox 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 Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with a local 23-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 119 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Foundation Seeking Proposals for Target Lasting Change Grant

The Knox County Community Foundation is seeking proposals for their Target Lasting Change Initiative (TLC) grant.

Proposals are being accepted through September 1, 2016 via the Foundation’s website, knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Different from the Foundation’s annual Community Good grants program, the TLC initiative focuses on grant funding for projects strategically addressing pressing community needs aimed to make significant and sustained, positive impact among the population being served and/or the quality of life for the broader community.

The Foundation’s two previous TLC Initiative Grants together total $80,000.

To learn more, click here or call (812) 886-0093.

Community Good Grant Applications Being Accepted May 16 through July 1

Vincennes, Indiana.  Knox County Community Foundation will accept applications for their 2016 Community Good grant cycle starting Monday, May 16.

“This is the open grant cycle for charitable organizations seeking funding,” says Mary Smith, Interim 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 Knox County.”

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 Knox 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.

During last year’s Community Good grant cycle, grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 were awarded to charitable projects benefiting ten agencies.

Applications must be completed online via the Foundation’s website at www.knoxcountyfoundation.org beginning Monday, May 16 and must be submitted by midnight on Friday, July 1, 2016. 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 September 30, 2016.

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 Annette Nowaskie at the Knox County Community Foundation at 812-886-0093 or Annette@knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Established in 1996 and celebrating 20 years of service to the community, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local area.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local advisory board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 140 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

$20,850 Awarded from 2016 Community Foundation Scholarship Funds

2016 Knox Scholarship Recipients
Left to right in photo: Winston Carson, Bridget Brocksmith, Nathan Sievers, Madison Meurer, Dustin McCrary, Amanda Cummins, Robert Waggoner, Carly Kirk, and Savannah Yochum.

Vincennes, Indiana  This morning, the Knox County Community Foundation announced recipients of scholarship awards during their annual scholarship breakfast. Held in the Fort Sackville Room in the Student Union Building at Vincennes University, the event celebrated the benefit of scholarship funds established with the Foundation. This year, 8 funds established by generous donors provided 10 scholarships totaling $20,850.

Foundation Board President, Laura Bogard, says the Foundation’s scholarship process begins and ends with the donor. “When a donor wants to make a difference in the community by establishing a scholarship fund, the Foundation works closely with the donor to honor their wishes throughout the selection process,” said Bogard. “So when our volunteer selection committee completes the scoring process to choose the recipient, those scores are based on those same specifications the donor described to us.”

“Because of the nature of a community foundation and the unique power of endowment we offer, those donors are assured that their wishes are carried out not just today, but forever,” added Bogard.

Scholarship awards presented were:

Zack Arnold Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship founded by Dr. Brian Arnold and his family in memory of his son Zack. Since golf was important to Zack, the scholarship benefits Knox County seniors who have participated on their school golf team. This year’s award is $1,500, and the recipient is Robert Waggoner, Rivet High School.

Lester M Baughman Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the children of Lester M. Baughman to help current employees of Aperion Care in Bridgeport, Illinois, who have completed at least one year of employment with the healthcare center. The scholarship assists the student in the attainment of their GED, certification or licensure as a CMA, CNA, LPN, or RN, or specialty training for nursing staff that enhances their knowledge and skills in the care of long-term care patients. This year, two recipients will share the award. Madison Barker, Bridgeport, Illinois, will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and Mrs. Pam Ward of Mount Carmel, Illinois, will receive a $2,000 scholarship.

Heather Bird Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by Robert Bird in memory of his daughter Heather. Heather was a firefighter with the Vincennes Township Fire Department, and the scholarship benefits a student who is a member of or is related to a member of the Vincennes Township Fire Department. This year’s award is $1,000, and the recipient is Savannah Yochum, North Knox High School.

McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the members of the McKinley Avenue Presbyterian Church Student Scholarship Committee. It benefits any student at a Knox County High School pursuing a post-secondary education. This year’s award is $650, and the recipient is Winston Carson, Vincennes Lincoln High School.

Velma and Herbert Pepmeier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Herbert C. Pepmeier to benefit a graduating senior who is affiliated with Saint John’s United Church of Christ in Vincennes or Bethel Church in Freelandville. This year, two recipients will each receive a $4,000 award: Dustin McCrary, Vincennes Lincoln High School, and Madison Meurer, North Knox High School.

Kathleen W. Rinsch Memorial Educational Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the past director of the Knox County Community Foundation, Kathy Rinsch. She was a former English and Latin teacher at North Knox High School and started this scholarship in hopes to encourage recent graduates and non-traditional students to pursue higher education in the field of education. This year’s award is $700, and the recipient is Carly Kirk, South Knox High School.

Schott North America Scholarship is an annual scholarship founded by the company to assist children of Schott employees with their college funding. This year’s award is $1,000, and the recipient is Nathan Sievers, South Knox High School.

The Friends of Knox Fund Scholarship awards students who are considered as alternates for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. This year, 11 students completed the application and interview process 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 Knox County endowment fund. Each alternate award is $2,500. The recipients are Robert Waggoner, Vincennes Rivet High School, and Amanda Cummins, South Knox High School.

Also recognized at the event was this year’s Knox County Lilly Scholar. Bridget Brocksmith, North Knox 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 Knox County Community Foundation

Celebrating 20 years, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

 

 

Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

VINCENNES, IN  (May 6, 2016) – The 2017 Knox 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 30th Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Community Foundation Interim Director, Mary Smith. “We are pleased to provide this scholarship opportunity to Knox 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 Knox 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 Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Named

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

Bridget is the daughter of William and Jo Anne Brocksmith of Oaktown and is a senior at North Knox School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, science team, student council, 4-H, golf, and in her church as a youth group member and children’s church leader. Following graduation, Bridget plans to attend an Indiana college to study economics/agriculture and medicine with a goal of giving back to the community as an agricultural economist and surgeon.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2016 application process began in January. Eleven 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 Knox 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.

The Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Knox County Community Foundation Partners with Vincennes University for Kimmell Park Community Project

VINCENNES, INDIANA (January 29, 2016) The Knox County Community Foundation is partnering with Vincennes University to help support the Kimmell Park Community Project, which seeks to revitalize and restore Vincennes’ 8.5 acre riverfront park and its adjoining 54 acres of woodlands. Vincennes University has established a designated non-permanent fund with the Community Foundation to support the project, and all gifts to the fund will be utilized toward the improvement of Kimmell Park. As the sponsoring organization, the Knox County Community Foundation will receive donations toward the project, through the fund, and be a vehicle for contributions to assure the Project’s completion.

The revitalized Kimmell Park will feature recreational space along the river’s edge, hosting not only visitors to the park daily but also larger community and regional events. The Kimmell Park Community Project will help foster additional overall economic growth in Knox County and be an important initiative for improving quality of life and public spaces in the county.

“The Knox County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of this revitalization and important quality of place initiative,” says Laura Bogard, President of the Knox County Community Foundation’s Advisory Board. “We are pleased to receive donations toward the project which will forever make a difference in our community.”

The project compliments several other initiatives taking place in Vincennes including the recent Oliphant Drive improvements, Second Street Renovation and Main Street revitalization.

In the 1930’s the historic Kimmell Park was funded by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in conjunction with the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Located along the banks of the Wabash River, Kimmell Park was a thriving tourist attraction and destination for families in Southwest Indiana. The riverfront and Kimmell Park can again become a place that significantly benefits the development of Vincennes’ downtown area, enhances the city’s ability to attract businesses, creates a more desirable convention and visitor environment, and provides a venue for entertainment events to be enjoyed by visitors and residents.

About the Knox County Community Foundation
Celebrating 20 years, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Kimmell Park

Knox County Community Foundation Announces Grant Awards

Vincennes, Indiana. September 2, 2015.   Knox County Community Foundation has announced grant awards totaling $43,205 for 12 projects of 10 organizations serving Knox County. The grants were awarded through the Foundation’s Community Good grant cycle and based on funding priorities of arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, and other civic endeavors, such as the environment, recreation, and youth development.

The grants are made possible through the generosity of people and organizations who are investing in the future of Knox County by establishing and contributing to Community Good funds held by the Foundation. Community Good funds established so far include Bad Medicine Band Unrestricted Fund; Brent Bierhaus Unrestricted Fund; Kathy Rinsch For Knox County, Forever Fund; Friends of Knox County Fund; German American Bancorp Fund; Jim and Terri Gislason Unrestricted Fund; Hilliard Lyons Unrestricted Fund; Leonard Family Fund; Richard P. and Helen G. Lux Unrestricted Fund; Medical Center of Vincennes Inc. Fund; Gordon, William and Christina Miller Fund; Old National Fund for Knox County; Robert M. Orvick Memorial Fund; Bertha Wallace Reynolds Fund; Chris and Cecilia Vieck Memorial Fund; and the Norbert M. and Louise A. Welch Fund.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Backpacks of Love for VCSC for the Backpacks of Love Project, to provide students in the Vincennes Community School Corporation with a supply of food for the weekend,
  • Bread of Life Ministry, Inc. for the Coalition Loads Project, to pay freight costs for one load of donated food product to distribute to needy families,
  • Children & Family Services, Corp for the I Am for the Child, Knox County CASA Program, to support training expenses for CASA staff and volunteers,
  • Helping His Hands Disaster Response, Inc. for the Media Studio Project, to provide support for video production equipment to create media for reaching out to community groups in order to gain volunteer and financial support,
  • Holly’s House, Inc. for the Services for Victims of Child Abuse Project, to provide support for forensic interviews, medical exams, and supportive services for victims of child abuse,
  • Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry for the “Meat” the Need Project 2015, to support meat processing expenses for large game/livestock donated by hunters and farmers to be provided to local hunger relief agencies,
  • Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana for the JA Economics for Success and JA It’s My Future Programs for Knox County 7th and 8th grade students, to provide practical information on personal finance and the importance of identifying education and career goals based on a student’s skills and interests,
  • The Salvation Army for the Pathway of Hope Program, a strength based comprehensive case management approach to help guide people out of the cycle of poverty with clear goals and support,
  • Westphalia Housing, Inc. for the Windows Project, to assist with the replacement of windows in one duplex,
  • YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Adult Day Center for the You “Lift” Me Up! Project, to purchase a standing lift chair to enable the staff to move, lift, and transfer wheelchair bound clients easily and safely
  • YMCA Bettye J. McCormick Center for the You Ride, We Roll! Project, to provide public transportation to those who are in need of becoming transportation independent, and
  • YMCA of Vincennes for the 3rd Grade Water Safety Program, to provide support for the YMCA 3rd Grade Water Safety course that teaches fundamental water safety skills to over 250 Knox County children.

About the Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 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 Knox 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 in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.

Alumni Basketball Sectional Tourney

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6th Annual Alumni Basketball Sectional

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Location: Adams Coliseum

All day passes:  $10 for Adults / $6 for Students

GAME DAY SCHEDULE:

Game #1 Men’s Semi-Final Game 9:00am

Game #2 Women’s Semi-Final Game 10:30am

Game#3 Men’s Semi-Final Game 12:00pm

Game #4 Women’s Semi-Final Game  1:30pm

Game #5 Men’s Consolation Game  3:30pm

Game #6 Women’s Consolation Game 5:00pm

Game #7 Women’s Championship Game 6:30pm

Game #8 Men’s Championship Game 8:30pm

Sponsorship opportunities available.  Contact Jamie Neal at 812-886-0093 for more information.