Thursday, September 21, 2017

Birchard Scholarship Established for Montrose Students

 

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the formation of the Courtland Birchard Scholarship Fund that will provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors from Montrose Area High School who will attend Broome Community College. Mr. Birchard is an alumnus of both schools with a lasting fondness for each of them, and it is his wish with this permanent endowment to assist students who will have a similar connection. He served his country in Korea and returned to use his G.I. Bill Education Benefits for additional training. This new scholarship is his way to both pay it forward and give back to his community.

Mr. Birchard graduated from Montrose High School in 1948 and he looks forward to providing the first award next spring during the 70th anniversary year of his own graduation. He went on to graduate from what was then Broome Technical Community College with a degree in electronics, but many local citizens will be familiar with Mr. Birchard’s intricate bluestone engravings that adorn many homes and organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. For years he was an annual fixture at the Harford Fair where he exhibited his art work and demonstrated his technique.

Additional donations to honor Courtland Birchard’s personal generosity, and to further assist future generations of deserving Montrose students, may be sent to the Courtland Birchard Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

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Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock Forms Community Fund

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The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock recently established the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund is a permanent endowment that will provide grants to help support the Kiwanis Club’s various community projects. “The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of local activities, and this new endowment will help the club continue that tradition and possibly expand that support,” said Rebecca Corby, club President.

The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock supports such community activities as the Tunkhannock Area School District’s Builder’s Club, reading programs for local Pre-Schools, installing community Christmas lights and providing Christmas trees to needy families, as well as the Wyoming County Safety Cupboard, the Wyoming County Resource Center, and also various youth programs at the Endless Mountains Nature Center.

“This new endowment will provide a reliable and growing base of funding that the club will be able to utilize for many generations to come,” said Peter Quigg, Community Foundation president. To help enhance its value and its granting ability, this new Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund can always receive additional tax-deductible donations, which can be sent to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; 207 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Cultivations Endowment for the Arts Established at Community Foundation

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Cultivations Endowment for the Arts Established at Community Foundation

August 10, 2017: Montrose, PA: The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the establishment of 

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The Cultivations Endowment for the Arts which will support art education in the public schools of underserved communities throughout the United States. Cultivations is an online boutique representing various artisans from throughout the country and proceeds from sales will be contributed to this permanent endowment. The web site showcases a collection of specially curated handcrafted goods.

Cultivations’ Founder and Curator, Holly Bailey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania feels that “promoting creativity and expression empowers young people to stay engaged, to succeed, and to grow over the course of their education.” Bailey adds that “the goal of the Cultivations Endowment for the Arts is to introduce young people to creative outlets and help foster in them an appreciation for the arts that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.”

More information about Cultivations and the new endowment for the arts can be found at www.cultivations.com. For information about The Community Foundation please visit www.community-foundation.org.  

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