Saturday, March 23, 2019

Adam Liepinis Scholarship Established

Adam Liepinis 2The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the recent establishment of the Adam Liepinis Memorial Scholarship to provided tuition assistance to students who will attend a post-secondary degree program with a priority given to those studying welding or automotive technology. Established my Adam’s family and friends the permanent scholarship is intended to honor his passion for cars and all things mechanical and to provide assistance to future generations who share his interests.

Tragically, Adam perished in an automobile accident in 2017. He was a 2013 graduate of Blue Ridge High School and a 2015 graduate of Penn Tech with a major in welding. His scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from Blue Ridge High School and from Mountain View High School. To help honor his memory and to benefit future generations of students contributions to the Adam Liepinis Memorial Scholarship may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Endowment for Technology Center Established

Mike BakaysaA new permanent endowment to help support the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center has recently been established with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Michael Bakaysa III Fund for Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center is intended to provide support to the Center for special unfunded projects or expenses. Mr. Bakaysa is a graduate of Elk Lake High School and his intention with this endowment is to pay back to the school and community that was formative for him as he began his career in state government in the field of workforce and economic development.

A native of Springville, Michael Bakaysa III left the area to attend Belknap College in Centre Harbor, New Hampshire where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. In addition, Mr. Bakaysa attended Penn State University with a concentration in Labor Relations. He is also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Bakaysa began his professional career in Scranton as an employment interviewer with the Bureau of Employment Security with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He spent 40 years working with Labor & Industry in various capacities including providing technical assistance, conducting compliance monitoring, serving as a Labor & Industry School-to-Work Representative in conjunction with the Departments of Education, Community & Economic Development, and Governor’s Policy Office; acting as Supervisor of the PA CareerLink Oversight Coordination Services Area; and supervising a staff that provided oversight of Pennsylvania’s workforce & economic development delivery system in Harrisburg. He was also Supervisor of the statewide Youth, Education, and Services Unit.
Mr. Bakaysa retired as Site Administrator of the Lackawanna County CareerLink office.

As a member of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center’s Advisory Committee, he looks forward to closely working with Dr. Alice Davis, Executive Director of the Career and Technology Center and Bill DesRosiers of Cabot Oil & Gas as well as other Advisory Committee members in furthering the goals and objectives of the Technology Center.

Mr. Bakaysa’s fund joins eight other Community Foundation endowments that provide support to the Technology Center to help better serve its students: The Bondurant Family Fund for Automotive Technology, Cabot Oil & Gas Fund for Career & Technology Students, Claverack Education Fund, John James Memorial Fund to Benefit FBLA Clubs, Leopold & Jane Schreiber Fund for Culinary Arts, Diane Yakoski Memorial Nursing Fund, Rusty Ely Memorial Fund, and Veterans Education and Training Support Fund. Mr. Bakaysa’s most recent support of the Technology Center is further testimony of the work on behalf of the school’s administration and faculty to serve the needs of the students from Susquehanna and Wyoming counties who attend the myriad of programs at The Technology Center. His foresight is appreciated and will provide assistance for many generations to come.

Meshoppen Alumni Establish Scholarship

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the recent formation of the Meshoppen High Alumni Scholarship. The scholarship derives from a portion of the estate of Jack VanGorden who was born in Meshoppen in 1899. After a long and successful career with IBM in Endicott, NY Mr. VanGorden passed away in 2002 and left instructions that his estate should benefit various charitable and educational endeavors. After managing the college scholarship for a number of years the Meshoppen High Alumni Association has elected to transfer the scholarship to the management of The Community Foundation.

Although the Meshoppen High School no longer exists, Mr. VanGorden’s foresight and generosity will still serve students from that area. The scholarship can provide a minimum $1,000 tuition assistance to graduating seniors of Elk Lake High School or the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center who reside in Meshoppen Borough, Meshoppen Township, or Auburn Township and who will matriculate at college or a post-secondary degree program. Following the stellar legacy established by Mr. VanGorden it is hoped local students will follow in his footsteps by achieving a productive career and continuing his tradition of community service. To read more about Mr. VanGorden click here.

Donations to the Meshoppen High Alumni Association are always welcome to honor Mr. VanGorden’s legacy and enhance the value of this permanent scholarship that will assist students for many generations to come. Contributions may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

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2019 Jazz Concert at the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains administers the Wellness Fund which provides support to the Self Discovery Wellness Arts Center in Montrose and is honored to help spread the news of this upcoming event.

5th Annual JBC Food Drive

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains administers the Julie Bush Capwell Memorial Fund and the Feed a Friend Fund, and is honored to help spread the news of this upcoming event.

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