Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Fairdale Grange Donates to Button-Weller Fund

The Fairdale Grange has recently provided yet another generous $1,000 contribution to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Grange has a tradition of charitable support and with this donation the members wished to have a local impact. This charitable endowment was established in 2017 by the Button and Weller families of New Milford and Montrose to provide financial support to local organizations that provide assistance to cancer patients from Susquehanna County.

This endowment derives from personal experiences with cancer and for a number of years the families have organized a local running race to help raise funding for cancer patients. They intend to continue that event for this permanent endowment that will provide annual assistance for local families for many generations to come. The Button and Weller families extend their appreciation for this donation from the Fairdale Grange and adds that they are pleased to continue their tradition of assistance to cancer patients and looks forward to providing this assistance for many years.

Tax deductible donations to help build this fund are always welcome and may be sent to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

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People in Photo Left to Right: Matthew Button, Emma Button, Jeanne Button, Ben Weller, Jen Weller, Molly Weller, Don Button, Dave Hibbard and Butch Siegfried.

Vitale Scholarship Available for Adult Students

Vitale2College Seniors and Graduate School Students who will complete their studies during the 2021-2022 academic year are encouraged to apply for The John J. & Ann Vitale Scholarship at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Scholarship is available to alumni from the six school districts in Susquehanna County who are in their final year of college or graduate school and who have incurred student debt. There will be multiple awards given, and if undergraduate students attend college within Pennsylvania they may be eligible for potential matching grants.

The Apply Now button below will be live starting May 3rd, applications must be completed by June 21, 2021. The recipients will be chosen during the summer to ensure timely payment directly to the college so that the student may make appropriate financial plans.

John Vitale passed away in March of 2006, after a lifetime of supporting his community and neighbors. This scholarship is one way his family has chosen to honor his memory and continue a tradition of community support.

**Application Deadline June 21st**

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Community Foundation Announces 2021 College Scholarships

collegekidsdiplomas500The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that for the Class of 2021 High School graduates there are 90 scholarships available that will provide a combined $190,000 in tuition assistance for college and post-secondary degree expenses. Furthermore, if a winner of a Community Foundation scholarship graduates from a High School in Pennsylvania and attends college within Pennsylvania there may be the potential of additional funding provided by the Pennsylvania PATH Program (Partners for Access to Higher Education). The Community Foundation is recognized as a PATH Partner by PHEAA, the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.

These scholarships are available to students from select public school districts in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. Following the wishes of scholarship sponsors some of The Community Foundation’s scholarships are also available to Home-Schooled students. To see the availability of Community Foundation scholarships please visit www.community-foundation.org. Scholarship applications can be completed online from February 12th until March 21st. Winners will be announced at the various High School Award Ceremonies conducted in the spring.

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New Endowment Continues Joe Welden Legacy

Joe Welden 2The many friends of local artist and musician Joe Welden recently established the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit which is intended to provide support to Pink Arrow Arts in Montrose to assist individuals seeking to advance their knowledge in art or music. Joe Welden was a dear friend of the Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books for many years, exhibiting his work often, and enriching the lives of artists and visitors alike with his presence. In 2018, when Pink Arrow Arts, Inc opened their doors at 35 Pine Street, the Welden Gallery was named in his honor.

After Mr. Welden’s passing in May 2020 at the age of 94 memorial donations were collected from the community and this permanent endowment in his memory has been formed at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Joe’s hometown of Montrose. Joe was an iconic and well-respected musician and artist who inspired many people in northeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond. Joe studied art and music in Montrose and Philadelphia and was an accomplished jazz pianist. Many of his paintings, drawings, and collages depicted, and were inspired by, jazz performances. For years his studio in Montrose was a must-see stop on the annual Susquehanna County Artists’ Open Tour every Columbus Day Weekend. His gentle and welcoming demeanor was always a highlight of the tour and he will be deeply missed.

It is hoped this new endowment will honor Joe’s spirit and will help Pink Arrow Arts pass on his talent to new generations of artists and musicians who need a helping hand on their own creative journeys. Donations to Joe’s permanent endowment are always welcome to help remember him and to carry on his tradition of helping others. Contributions can be sent to the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org. Joe would shake his head in wonderment at such donations, but also shyly grin with a gleam of appreciation in his eye.

Friends of Susquehanna County Provide Support

FriendsofSusq CtyThe Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce that the Friends of Susquehanna County Endowment recently provided a $1,000 grant to help recognize the giving spirit of Christmas. This year the endowment provided support to the Women’s Resource Center, Susquehanna County 4-H, and the Good Start Program of the Blue Ridge School District. Originally known as The Friends of Barnes-Kasson Hospital to help raise funding for the hospital, the civic-minded group of individuals expanded their region of support and changed their name to The Friends of Susquehanna County. In 2002 they established a charitable endowment with The Community Foundation to help provide support in the communities they serve. Over the years the Friends of Susquehanna County have assisted food pantries, schools, libraries, health clinics, senior citizen agencies, and a host of other non-profits in Susquehanna County. Their permanent endowment with The Community Foundation is intended to continue this charitable legacy for many generations to come and contributions to the endowment are always welcome. Donations to The Friends of Susquehanna County Endowment can be mailed to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

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