2018 scholarship applications online now

By DAN DAVIS / President & CEO

Hey, high school juniors. This is for you and your parents.

Yes, this school year is winding down. Yes, you’re eager for summer vacation to start. Yes, you’re eager, maybe a little apprehensive, about becoming seniors.

But if you’re a junior planning to attend college after graduation next year, the Community Foundation of Jackson County needs to share some information with you as you consider all of the steps that will take you to campus.

The good news for this spring’s juniors across the state is that Lilly Endowment recently renewed a program that offers a competitive full-tuition scholarship for Hoosier high school graduates attending any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.

More good news comes in the fact that overall the foundation administers 52 scholarships.

And we encourage this year’s high school juniors — and their parents — to become familiar with the deadline and requirements for applying for those scholarships.

Like last year, the foundation’s common scholarship application must be completed and submitted by Aug. 17 this summer, just a matter of days after the start of their senior year. Applications are now available on the foundation’s website, cfjacksoncounty.org. No reason to wait.

Foundation Vice President Sue Smith, who shoulders much of the workload on our scholarship process, can answer questions about the application and the process. She urges juniors to consider contacting teachers today about letters of recommendation. They’re a requirement of the application process.

Gathering those letters of recommendations now rather than when school starts in early August would surely save some time and stress at the start of the school year.

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program in 1998 to help address Indiana ranking near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of its 25-year-old residents who hold a baccalaureate degree.

The program, which has helped more than 4,300 Indiana high school graduates, is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of community foundations to improve the quality of life in our counties.

Increasing educational attainment among Jackson County residents is an important part of the foundation’s mission to help grow better tomorrows.

Concern about the education levels here was a key factor when the Foundation brought together other partners from the community such as the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seymour to build the Jackson County Learning Center, which now also benefits from the financial support of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and the Jackson County Council.

The foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities extends beyond programs focused on college, including support of the Jackson County Education Coalition’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program for 4-year-olds and the encouragement of workforce development in partnership with Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and others.

Some of that work includes the creation of Owl Manufacturing at Seymour High School, the iGrad mentoring program at Brownstown Central High School and pre-K programs at Crothersville and Medora elementary schools.

It may seem a little out of synch, working with high school juniors and counselors now about 2018 scholarships when we’re distributing this year’s scholarship awards, but it’s important that we make our juniors aware now of this important step that can help them and their parents finance their college educations.

Dan Davis is president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274. For information about donating to the foundation, call 812-523-4483 or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

Trinity students receive scholarships

The Community Foundation of Jackson County awarded a number of scholarships Wednesday evening during the Trinity Lutheran High School 2017 Honors Convocation.

Connie Hehman presented the first Connie Bowling Hehman Scholarship to Nicholas Mensendiek.

President & CEO Dan Davis presented three scholarships, including the Tri Kappa Scholarship to Leah Stuckwisch; the Dr. and Mrs. R. Todd Bergman Scholarship to Hailley Peters; and the Seymour American Legion Post 89 Achievement Scholarship to Samuel Marksberry.

Davis also presented The Royalty Scholarship to two students continuing their studies at Trinity, Briley Abraham and Jacob Rowe.

During the Foundation's 25th anniversary year, donations to scholarship funds and other endowed funds may qualify for match dollars.

The Foundation administers 52 scholarship funds.

Nonprofit training series continues in August

Area nonprofit directors, their staffs and board members can take advantage of a four-part nonprofit board training program this year – the 2017 Lunch and Learn Series -- aimed at helping improve their effectiveness and their programs.

The Community Foundation of Jackson County, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Brownstown Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Visitor Center and the Jackson County United Way have teamed to bring the robust board governance training series to the community.

The next session is scheduled for Aug. 8. The program, Strategic Planning ... Seven Steps to Success, starts at 11:15 a.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m.

June Miller, regional director of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, presets the sessions, all of which take place in the Conference Center at the Foundation, 107 Community Drive, Seymour.

The topics were selected to offer helpful information for the executive directors leading area nonprofits, said Tonja Couch, Executive Director of the United Way.

“June will offer valuable information and training aimed at helping our executive directors, their staffs, their board members and even prospective board members better serve their constituents and our community,” United Way Executive Director Tonja Couch said.

The $20 cost per session includes lunch and materials.

The last session on Nov. 9 will focus on "Crucial Conversations: Learn to Successfully Navigate the Conversations You are Avoiding."

You can enroll online through the Community Calendar at the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce’s website, http://business.seymourchamber.com/events/details/board-governance-workshop-fundraising-success-a-closer-look-6840.

The Feb. 21 session focused on fundraising, and the May 2 class offered strategies on developing a strong board of directors.

“We encourage our community partners in the nonprofit sector to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Dan Davis, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’re happy to help our community partners present this series and pleased to host the sessions here at our Conference Center.”

The series is aimed at more than nonprofit directors and their staff, however.

“It’s a great opportunity for business people to learn more about their volunteer responsibilities in our community by participating on the boards of area nonprofits, including what their responsibilities might be and what kind of questions they might want to ask,” Chamber President Tricia Bechman said.

This is the second year for the board leadership training classes for area nonprofits. New to the sponsoring partners this year are the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce and the Jackson County Visitor Center.

“We’re excited to be a part of this effort to help nonprofits and volunteers throughout Jackson County,” said Arann Banks of the Brownstown Chamber and the Visitor Center. “We hope to see participants from Brownstown, Crothersville, Medora and elsewhere sign up sand benefit from this training.”

Boys & Girls Club receives grant

John Beatty of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a spring agency grant to Tom Franke of the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour. Your gift to the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour Endowment may be eligible to earn matching dollars through the 25 Funds for 25 Years initiative as the Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. For information, call Dan Davis at 812-523-4483.

 

Soybean donation increases Green team's lead

A donation this week from a Hamilton Township farm increased the Green team's lead in the Head to Head: Green vs. Red competition.

Schnitker Family Farms made a donation of soybeans to the Community Foundation of Jackson County and its Gift of Grain program.

Donald Schnitker cast the donation's votes to the Green team, increasing its lead over the Red team. Green leads with 71 percent of the votes so far in this year's contest, which ends Jan. 31. The donation was designated to benefit the Orville & Mary Schnitker Memorial Endowment, a donor-advised fund administered by the Foundation.

The winner of the Head to Head competition will be announced at the Foundation's annual Farmers Breakfast, schedule for 7:30 a.m. Feb. 22 at Pewter Hall in Brownstown.

Jackson County farmers and tractor aficionados are invited to participate in the annual Giving a Gift of Grain program and the Head-to-Head: Green vs. Red contest. Donations support the Green or Red team and benefit the community through funds administered by the Foundation.

Donors can again take sides in the program in a good-natured competition by voting for the Green or Red team – that is those farmers who use John Deere equipment versus those who use Case I-H equipment.

Jacobi Sales Inc. and Wright Implement of Seymour have teamed again with the Foundation to support the Gift of Grain program.

The Green team won last year. The Red team won the inaugural contest two years ago.

Tractor enthusiasts who don’t have grain to donate to the program can instead cast a ballot in the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red competition. A $20 donation to the Jackson County Community Endowment entitles the donor to cast one vote for their favorite equipment line. A $100 donation entitles the donor to six votes.

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, or they can be dropped off at our office at 107 Community Drive. You can also donate online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

Another option available to donors is to create a new unrestricted endowment in the name of themselves, their family or their farm that would also provide income for the fall grant cycle. For information, call 812-523-4483.

For information

For information about the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red program, the Giving a Gift of Grain program, or its companion program, Giving a Gift of Livestock, contact Dan Davis at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 812-523-4483, or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

How to donate

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, dropped off at our office, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, or made online at our website.

Girls Inc. grant tackles peer pressure

Sue Nehrt, right, presents a Fall Grant check to Ginger Schneck of Girls Inc. of Jackson County on Tuesday. The $3,000 grant from the Foundation's unrestricted funds will help finance the Girls Inc. Friendly PEERsuasion program that is presented to all public and parochial school eighth-grade classrooms in Jackson County. The grant was one of 18 awarded through the Foundation's Fall Grant cycle this autumn.

 

Fall Grant supports History Center

Trish Butt, right, presents a grant check from the Community Foundation of Jackson County on Wednesday morning to Bill Day and Gloria Cross of the Jackson County History Center Board of Directors. The History Center received a grant of $1,960 for the repair of stairs at the Heller Museum in Brownstown. The gift was one of 18 awarded through the Foundation's Fall Grant cycle. Trish Butt is a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Did you know that the History has an endowed fund at the Foundation that benefits the center? For information about donating, call 812-523-4483.

 

Harvest programs aid community

Jackson County farmers and tractor aficionados are invited to participate in the annual Giving a Gift of Grain program and the Head-to-Head: Green vs. Red contest.

Donations support the Green or Red team and benefit the community through funds administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County.

Donors can again take sides in the program in a good-natured competition by voting for the Green or Red team – that is those farmers who use John Deere equipment versus those who use Case I-H equipment.

Jacobi Sales Inc. and Wright Implement of Seymour have teamed again to park equipment pitting Green vs. Red in the Foundation’s parking lot at 107 Community Drive in Seymour to remind farmers about the Gift of Grain program.

The Green team won last year. The Red team won the inaugural contest two years ago.

D&B Pfaffenberger & Sons Grain of Seymour plans to make a gift again this year to the Gift of Grain program. The donation is meeting a family obligation, Neal Pfaffenberger said.

“What good is it to have money if you don’t help others?” he said. “We try to give what we can to help the less fortunate. The Bible tells us to give 10 percent.”

Like last year, the Pfaffenberger & Sons votes will be split evenly among the Green and Red teams.

Hamilton Township farmer Donald Schnitker gave a gift of grain last year and intends to participate again this fall.

“I think it’s a unique way for a farmer to give to the Foundation,” Schnitker said. “Instead of just giving money, I’m giving part of what I do.”

Schnitker’s vote will back the Green team again.

The Red team will receive a boost from farmer Ed Engelau this fall, just as it did last year with his donation.

“We see it as a good way to help others,” Engelau said of the program. “We’ve been blessed, and this feels like a good way of paying that forward.”

The Gift of Grain process is simple. Farmers can tell their grain elevator that a particular load of grain is being donated to the Foundation. The elevator in turn sells the grain for the Foundation. Donors to the Giving a Gift of Grain program can benefit by avoiding the sale of the donated grain in their farm income.

Jackson County grain elevators include Bundy Brothers in Medora, Premier Ag in Brownstown and Cortland, Tampico Grain near Crothersville and Rose Acre Farms west of Cortland.

Farmers can contribute their grain to benefit the area’s agricultural community through funds such as the Jackson-Jennings Co-Op/Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship, the C.B. Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship or the Jackson County Veterinary Scholarship.

Or they can donate to the Jackson County Community Endowment, which provides funding for the Fall Grant Cycle, said Dan Davis, President and CEO of the Foundation.

“The Fall Grant Cycle benefits people and programs across Jackson County, responding to emerging needs and programs designed to help nonprofits assist others,” Davis added.

The Pfaffenbergers direct their donations to the Community Endowment for that reason.

Tractor enthusiasts who don’t have grain to donate to the program can instead cast a ballot in the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red competition. A $20 donation to the Jackson County Community Endowment entitles the donor to cast one vote for their favorite equipment line. A $100 donation entitles the donor to six votes.

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, or they can be dropped off at our office at 107 Community Drive. You can also donate online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

Another option available to donors is to create a new unrestricted endowment in the name of themselves, their family or their farm that would also provide income for the fall grant cycle. For information, call 812-523-4483.

For information

For information about the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red program, the Giving a Gift of Grain program, or its companion program, Giving a Gift of Livestock, contact Dan Davis at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 812-523-4483, or send an email to president@cfjacksoncounty.org.

How to donate

Gifts to the Green vs. Red contest may be mailed to the Community Foundation of Jackson County, Post Office Box 1231, Seymour, IN 47274, dropped off at our office, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, or made online at our website.

 ABOVE: Mike Pfaffenberger of Seymour transfers soybeans last autumn from his combine to a trailer during the 2015 fall harvest. D&B Pfaffenberger & Sons Grain donated soybeans last year to the Community Foundation through the Gift of Grain program.

 

Library receives grant

Andy Royalty, left, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County presents Library Director Julia Aker and Jackson County Public Library Board Vice President Josh Bartley of Norman with a $1,099 grant check on Monday (April 18). The Jackson County Public Library benefits annually from a fund administered by the Foundation. The Jackson County Public Library Fund was created in July 1998 with a $5,000 grant from the Board of Directors when Jim Roberts of Seymour was its president. Donations since, including several from the Friends of the Library, have increased the fund’s balance to nearly $24,000. Aker said annual grants from the fund have made improvements at the libraries in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. Supporters of the Jackson County Public Library may make donations to the fund as memorials, to mark milestones in their lives and through their planned giving strategies. For information, call the Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis at 812-523-4483.

Agency fund grants aid nonprofits

Annual grants from endowed agency funds administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County assist operating and programming expenses for a number of nonprofits in Jackson County.

Recently, Priscilla Wischmeier, below, left, a member of the Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors, presented an agency grant check to Mindy Taskey, center, and Holly Sipe of Child Care Network of Jackson County. The grant is from the Child Care Network Inc. Endowment, an agency fund administered by the Foundation.

Individuals, businesses, groups and other organizations may make donations to the fund  -- and others -- as memorial gifts or planned giving to benefit Child Care Network and its important programs serving the youth of Jackson County.

The Child Care Network Inc. Endowment was started in February 2008 with an initial gift of $4,000. It has since grown to more than $9,000.

Other agency funds provide annual support grants to Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Jackson County History Center, Jackson County Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Provisions of Jackson County, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and Jackson County United Way and Boys & Girls Club of Seymour.

For information, call Dan Davis with the Foundation at 812-523-4483.

Fall Grant assists Freetown Museum's expansion

The Freetown and Pershing Township Museum is growing again.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County will help fund the expansion of the museum on State Road 58. The annex includes the addition of a former café, which houses many of the museum’s artifacts of Freetown and Pershing Township.

The grant was one of 20 awarded recently by the Foundation through its Fall Grant cycle.

In the photo below, Gary Meyer, right, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a grant check to Sharon Yost, president of the Freetown Improvement Association, and Russell Fritz. At left is Dan Davis, the Foundation's President & CEO.

For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or visit online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

Grant aids Turning Point

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County’s Fall Grant cycle will help Turning Point Domestic Violence Services deliver services to Latino families in Jackson County. In the photo below, from left, Turning Point President Lisa Shafran and Charlotte Moss, the Jackson County Community Service director for Turning Point, accept a Fall Grant check from Foundation Vice President Sue Smith and Board Member Ron Sibert. The grant was among 20 granted totaling more than $43,000 approved by the Foundation through this year’s Fall Grant program. So far this year, the Foundation has awarded than $344,000 in grants and scholarships.

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