By Kate Thurston Rushville Republican
---- — Starting college or a new project for a business can be very costly to many people. The Rush County Community Foundation is here to help out as much as they can.
“The Rush County Community Foundation is your local resource for grants and scholarship funds,” Executive Director Alisa Henderson said. “Beyond providing funds to worthy individuals and organizations, the Foundation provides an opportunity for families to honor or remember a loved one. The Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1991 with the mission to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County. Recipients can attest that this mission has been fulfilled time and again.”
RCCF offers grants to local non-profit organizations and offers several scholarships every year to students and adults attending college. Scholarships are awarded to students while grants are given to non-profit organizations for projects that will benefit the community.
“Many nonprofit entities within the community have been awarded grant funds for special projects or equipment; therefore it’s unlikely that even you haven’t been impacted by our giving,” Henderson stated. “A few of the many organizations we’ve touched include Rush Memorial Hospital, every fire department in Rush County, parks throughout the county, Rushville Public Library, youth sports, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Changing Footprints, Easthill Mausoleum and Cemetery, The Humane Society, The Boys and Girls Club of Rush County and the list continues.”
Since the first scholarship awarded by the RCCF, they have distributed more than $905,000 from local scholarship funds to Rush County students. As far as grants, since the first grant was given in 1995, nearly $800,000 in grant funds was granted to Rush County non-profit organizations.
“Whether you’re a student starting college, currently enrolled in college, a senior in college or even an adult that is going back to school we have scholarships that can be applied for,” Henderson stated. “We have many scholarships that can be applied for.”
Each scholarship for students has their own requirements, as well as businesses applying for grants.
“Each scholarship has its own stipulations when applying,” Henderson said. “They all vary in what requirements have to be met.”
For example, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Applicant must be a Rush County resident, and graduate by the end of June 2014. This student must be a freshman in the fall of 2014, and a full-time student at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Student must send a report to RCCF for 10 years after college graduation including job title, firm/ organization, employment location, and postgraduate work. It does not have to be a graduating senior. While on the other hand, the Scott Brooks Memorial Scholarship the student must be a graduating senior of RCHS or an accredited home school located in Rush County, Indiana. Must have a GPA of 3.00 and show proof of acceptance at a 2 or 4 year school. Each scholarship varies.
“If a student wants to apply for a scholarship they can go to their guidance counselor,” Henderson said. “They will be glad to help get any information they can. When businesses want to apply for a grant they can come visit us at the RCCF and we will give them an application.”
If someone is interested in contributing they can contact the foundation.
“The generosity of Rush County citizens and many other donors has enabled the growth and charity of RCCF. Donors are the reason we exist. Donors can select to contribute to fund(s) of their choice or can establish a fund with a purpose in mind; to benefit their favorite community nonprofit organization, to provide grants to benefit Rush County life, or to provide scholarships for students furthering their education,” Henderson said. “Donations can be made for many reasons, but often we see contributions dedicated to the memory of a loved one or in honor of a person or special event. Donations can be made with the intent of being spent by the fund within the calendar year (spendable) or with the intent of being invested (endowed). However you decide to give, no donation is too small, every dollar contributed will continue to benefit the community forever.”
The RCCF is open Mon.-Fri. from 8-5. For more information on grants or scholarships contact Alisa Henderson at 765-938-1177 or visit them online at www.rushcountyfoundation.org, https://www.facebook.com/rushcountyfoundation, or Twitter @GiveINRush.
Contact: Kate Thurston at 765-932-2222, ext. 105