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You Gave Your Heart to Your Community
The Fulton County Community Foundation’s (FCCF) 19th annual “Give Your Heart to Your Community” Valentine’s Day event was held on February 14. The event was sponsored by the FCCF, WROI FM 92.1, RTC Communications, and the Rochester Sentinel.
Community members were offered a chance to send their loved ones Valentine’s Day gifts by giving a donation to the fund of their choice. Gifts included cards, a song dedication on the radio, a singing telegram, a rose, and even a Palentine, which is a Valentine greeting for pets.
The event raised nearly $7,000. Seventeen volunteers hand-delivered the gifts and performed 45 singing telegrams. Tom Bair of WROI and guest DJ Don Groenleer hosted the radio program through which twenty song dedications were made. FCCF board member Larry Cunningham joined Tom and Don to provide an update on some of the recent activities of the Community Foundation.
Additionally, eleven Palentines were displayed on RTC Communications Channel 5, in the Rochester Sentinel, and on Facebook. The Palentines consisted of a photo of a pet with a message from their owners or from the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center, Inc., through which six of these pets are available for adoption.
FCCF Director of Development Brian Johnson said, “This event is a tradition in the community. We at the Community Foundation appreciate our donors’ contributions, which will continue to make an impact in Fulton County forever.”
Emma Feldman Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Emma Feldman, a Rochester Community High School graduating senior, has been named the Fulton County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Emma will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Emma is the daughter of Jerrod and Brooke Feldman and plans to attend the Purdue University College of Engineering. She is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Fulton County Leadership Academy, and she serves on the Rochester City Parks Board. Emma is also a four-year member of the Rochester Varsity Swim Team, the Royals, and Varsity Cross Country.
Emma was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of forty-one applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.
This year, applications were due in September, whereas in previous years they were due during the spring semester. This change was made in an effort to identify Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year so that recipients have more time to decide which college or university to attend.
During the selection process, the applications are ‘blinded,’ meaning that the identities of the applicants are removed. The Committee scores applicants on academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors, as well as essays. Of the forty-one applicants, five finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an impromptu essay and had a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee. The Committee narrowed the field to one nominee as their recommendation. Finalists’ applications are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents thirty-one 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.
The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Brandon Havron of Culver Community High School, Amanda Heltzel of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Ashley Nault of Indiana Academy, and Jackson Sawyer, a senior at Rochester High School.
Honeywell Foundation and Fulton County Collaborate for Arts Education
WABASH, Ind. – The Fulton County Community Foundation and The Honeywell Foundation are teaming up in a joint effort to raise funds for The Honeywell Foundation’s Educational Outreach Program for schools in Fulton County. This partnership has come about due to an exciting dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity creating a “win-win” opportunity benefiting both Fulton County schools and the Educational Outreach Program. Every donation – up to $5,000 - made to this newly-created endowment will be matched. Donors can choose where to place the matching donation at any endowment housed at the Community Foundation.
Since 1998, the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program has been providing free “arts-in-education” opportunities to schools in a 12-county service region which includes Fulton County. The free programming is made possible by donations made to the Honeywell Foundation by individuals, businesses and grants.
Tod Minnich, President and CEO of the Honeywell Foundation expressed his enthusiasm for this effort, “the Honeywell Foundation seeks to serve students in our region by providing arts opportunities that might otherwise not be available. This endowment will allow us to do just that.”
Fulton County schools have actively participated in the Educational Outreach Program since 2007. During that time it is estimated that over 10,615 arts opportunities have been provided to Fulton County students.
Brian Johnson, Director of Development of Fulton County Community Foundation commented, “Collaborating with the Honeywell Foundation provides a terrific opportunity for our donors. Not only will they be helping establish an endowment to serve Fulton County students – but donors will get the opportunity to select where their matching dollars go, choosing from any endowment currently housed at the Community Foundation.”
The Honeywell Foundation seeks to provide artistic, social, cultural and recreational opportunities for all. The Foundation operates the Honeywell Center, Honeywell House, Eagles Theatre and the 13-24 Drive In. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
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