During this time when students are looking toward scholarships to assist in furthering their education the Rush County Community Foundation is proud to highlight scholarships available to Rush County students. We will highlight the scholarships available as a way to inform and educate the students and citizens of Rush County of this special way the Foundation touches their lives. The "Dick Neeb Memorial Scholarship Fund" was established June 15, 1999 by Steve Sickbert to honor Dick Neeb who spent countless hours helping our community with his expertise in building trades. Also, large contributions were received from the St. Mary's Knights of Columbus organization and donations to this Fund on the death of Tim

Fuller, who was helping establish this Fund. The primary purpose of this fund is to provide support to a graduate or graduating senior of Rushville Consolidated High School who is a resident of Rush County. The student shall plan to attend a one to four year technical or vocational program at an accredited school with preference given to a student

pursuing a career in building trades.

The "charlotte Frame Sleeth Fund" was established Oct. 12, 1995 by transfer of administration of the original Charlotte Frame Sleeth Trust from Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.). The primary purpose of this fund is to provide support annually to students graduating from a Rush County high school and/or worthy students from Rush County. The recipient(s) need not be among the best students in their respective classes, have a desire for higher education and are willing to work to earn all or part of their expenses of receiving a higher education.  

The "Alice R. Wiley Scholarship Fund" was established Nov. 15, 2000 by the Glen A. Wiley Family in memory of Alice R. Wiley who was a teacher for 45 years in the Rush County and Rushville areas. The primary purpose of this fund shall be to provide support to a Rushville Consolidated High School graduating senior who intends to pursue a degree in teacher education from an accredited college or university. Grades and financial need are the main stipulations in awarding this scholarship.  

The "Gordon D. and Mary S. Wilson Fund" was established Dec. 14, 1995 by Mary Spieler Wilson. The primary purpose of this fund shall be to provide support to a Rush County student who attends Miami University in Ohio to help offset the cost of out-of-state tuition. The deadline for the above scholarship funds is at 4 p.m. April 1, 2006. Scholarship applications are available at the guidance offices of Rushville Consolidated High School and Knightstown High School (for Ripley Township residents). They are also available at the Foundation office and online at www.rushcounty.com/foundation. In 2005 over $57,800 was paid in local scholarships from Funds established at the Foundation. With the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship the Foundation and their donors assisted Rush County students with more than $248,600 for their education.

If you would like more information on any of this week's highlighted funds or any of the more than 125 funds at the Foundation please call or stop by their office. If you would like to make a contribution it should be payable to the Rush County Community Foundation and mailed to the address below. Please include a note indicating to which fund you would like your contribution to be credited.

The Rush County Community Foundation, Inc., the Foundation of Rush County's future, is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County not only today but for our future generations. For more information please visit

or contact Garry Cooley, Executive Director or Terry VanNatta, Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer at the office at 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173 or call (765) 938-1177.

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