Sunday, February 19, 2017

Community Foundation Announces 2017 College Scholarships

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that for the Class of 2017 high school graduates there are 64 scholarships available that will provide a combined $123,000 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 selected school districts in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, 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 15th until March 27th. Winners will be announced at the various award ceremonies conducted in the spring.

Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship Established

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Bob Crimmel

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the formation of the Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship. This permanent scholarship fund has been established by Mr. Crimmel’s family and friends. It will provide an annual award to a Tunkhannock Area High School graduating Senior who will matriculate at college or another post-secondary degree program, and who writes a winning essay about overcoming personal adversity.

For thirty four years, Mr. Crimmel taught Physical Education and Health in the Tunkhannock Area Middle School. He also coached swimming, football, and baseball. Bob was an integral part of the school district and had a broad impact on many students. With this new scholarship in his honor, the Crimmel family wishes to carry on Bob’s legacy of supporting the young people of the Tunkhannock Area School District for many generations to come.

Donations to honor Bob’s memory, and to support Tunkhannock Area students, may be sent to the Bob Crimmel Memorial Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at www.community-foundation.org.

 

Community Foundation Reports a Very Charitable Year in 2016

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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to report that 2016 proved to be a very charitable year. The Foundation provided more than $1,856,000 in charitable and educational assistance in six states, with the majority of the assistance being provided in northeastern Pennsylvania. Families, individuals, and organizations established new charitable endowments with The Community Foundation to provide assistance to such worthy causes as the E.L. Rose Conservancy, the Susquehanna County Historical Society, the Elkdale Cemetery Association, NEPA Community Health Care, various Donor Advised Funds, and college scholarships for students in Pennsylvania and Florida. The Community Foundation is currently managing more than $13 Million in charitable assets comprising 216 permanent endowments.

We thank our corporate donors that in 2016 contributed toward our Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program. This helped provide tuition assistance to deserving Pre-K through 12th Grade students attending schools in Bradford, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. This program also helped support special unfunded projects in numerous school districts throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania. In 2016 we were also pleased to continue our partnership with the Pennsylvania Bankers Association to help provide the EverFi Financial Literacy program in High Schools throughout all of Pennsylvania.

The Community Foundation is pleased to assist our donors with their charitable goals. On their behalf we are proud of our accomplishments in 2016 and look forward to continued charitable growth in 2017. For more information about The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains please feel free to visit our web site at www.community-foundation.org or call us at 570-278-3800. We wish all a very prosperous and charitable New Year.

Peoples Security Bank & Trust Provides Grant to Blue Ridge

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Left to Right: Peter Quigg: Community Foundation President; Matthew Nebzydoski: Blue Ridge Principal of Curriculum; Debra Dissinger: Peoples Security Bank & Trust Executive Vice President; Matthew Button: Blue Ridge Superintendent

Peoples Security Bank & Trust recently provided a $9,500 grant to Blue Ridge School District in support of the Science and Engineering program Project Lead The Way. This grant is provided by the bank’s donation to the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. Project Lead the Way is a national curriculum that provides a comprehensive approach to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics courses; all of which are vital to today’s workforce. Project Lead the Way trains teachers to empower their students to learn this important STEM material in a collaborative setting where teamwork and problem solving are valuable components of the classroom. Blue Ridge Superintendent, Matthew Button, stated “this assistance is invaluable to us in helping to teach our students today’s advanced technology.” Debra Dissinger, Executive Vice President of Peoples Security Bank and Trust added that “any advantage we can offer our region’s students is worth the effort and the bank is pleased to provide this assistance.” For its part The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains has also provided funding for Project Lead the Way in the Susquehanna Community, Mountain View, Abington Heights, and Valley View School Districts.

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