NAPOLEON – Ripley County Community Foundation board members and supporters gathered June 26 at the Napoleon Community Center to celebrate the past year’s successes.
Scholarship committee chair Eric Benz introduced the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Isaiah Frey. The 2014 Oldenburg Academy graduate will receive a full tuition, four-year scholarship plus a $900 book stipend to the Indiana college of his choice. He plans on attending the University of Evansville.
Over the past 17 years, 33 of these awards have been presented in Ripley County. This year, “out of 54 applicants, we narrowed it down to five to come in for an interview .... The four finalists will receive $1,500 scholarships,” the chairman revealed. These 2014 high school graduates include Cassandra Dickey, Batesville; Hayley Fossett, South Ripley; Amanda Richter, East Central; and Austin Wagner, Jac-Cen-Del.
Natalie Brinson, the 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, thanked the RCCF “for giving me this opportunity.” She recently completed her freshman year at Ball State University. “I submitted my portfolio, and as of June 9, I am officially an architecture major.”
Benz also told attendees there are two more small grant cycles this year. Applications for up to $500 are due Sept. 5 and Nov. 7 by 4 p.m. In addition, a writable application for the large grants (with a maximum amount of $5,000 to be requested) are due by Aug. 1 at 4 p.m.
“Something new this year is our Community Impact Grant .... We have set aside $25,000 for it .... (and) we want it to be a collaborative effort between organizations.
“Those agencies not receiving the (impact) grant can still submit for the large grant cycle.”
In introducing the funds that were originated in 2013, Sally Morris, RCCF executive director, announced, “This is one of my favorite parts of the program ... (and) we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s generosity and philanthropy.”
• Camp Woodsmoke Pass-Thru Fund and Endowment Fund – Jerry Smith, a Milan Lions Club member, said the camp was established in 1964 in Clarksburg by the Lions Clubs of District 25 F. “It was built primarily to provide unique camping experiences for underprivileged children and individuals with mental and physical disabilities,” as well as other groups, such as Boy Scouts. “The establishment of this endowment created the opportunity for a significant improvement in the distribution in earning for camp use and the potential for endowment growth.”