May is graduation – and scholarship – time

May 31, 2016 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

headshot of claudiaSuzanne and I gave presentations on charitable giving and federal legislation recently to a group of fundraisers, bankers, financial advisors and attorneys in Newark, thanks to an invitation from Connie Hawk, director of the Licking County Foundation. Newark is about 30 miles east of downtown Columbus and is the county seat of a fairly rural county that has just over 160,000 residents.

As always, we enjoyed getting out into the midst of those working in philanthropy to build community assets and strength. And, we wished we could have stayed to play at the meeting site, The Works, a gem of a science museum where elementary students were engaged in hands-on learning while we spoke in an adjoining room.


Claudia Herrold speaks in Newark about Philanthropy Ohio and how Ohioans give.

While chatting over lunch, Connie reported that she had been making the rounds of the county’s 12 public and parochial high schools to award scholarships to seniors. It was clear that she really enjoys these presentations as much as the recipients and understands what a difference the scholarship dollars make for students heading off to community college, technical school or a four-year college or university. She’s notified almost 300 young adults of their awards, which range from $1,000 to $10,000. She and her staff will mail checks totaling almost $1 million to colleges, universities and trade schools this July!

Hundreds of generous donors have made these funds available and Connie has experienced their impact first-hand as two of her staff are previous Licking County Foundation scholarship recipients. Megan Evans, the donor services officer, graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and Megan Lewis, the marketing and communications summer intern, is a junior at Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism.

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Megan Evans and Megan Lewis, two staff members at Licking County Foundation, both are past foundation scholarship recipients.

The Licking County Foundation is just one of Ohio’s 67 community foundations that give scholarships so young people can continue their education. So thanks to the generous donors and to those who sift through the thousands of applicants and make the tough choices – there aren’t enough dollars to meet the needs – and good luck to those graduating high school and moving on to the next life stage.

Claudia Y.W. Herrold

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