Planned Giving

2015 Scholarship Application Now Available!


The Foundation is most widely known in the community for our scholarship awards. Each year, we provide approximately $250,000 to local students pursuing post-secondary education. Our common application includes over 40 local scholarships for all types of students. High school seniors, current college students, and local adults who plan to be enrolled during the 2015-16 school year should apply now! Applications must be submitted online by 11 pm on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015.

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All of the awards have different eligibility and selection criteria, but there is something for everyone. Whether you are pursuing a 4-year degree at a private university or attending a vocational school half-way across the country, we have awards you are eligible for. Applicants must live in Benton County and/or the Benton Community School district.

The link to apply can be found on the scholarship page at The online application process will include obtaining two recommendations, completing a financial need calculator, and uploading transcripts (not required for seniors). For more information or guidance, please contact Ashley Bice at 765.884.8022 or

Posted December 4th, 2014

Double Your Gift This Holiday Season!


We are excited to announce an opportunity for you to double your gift to the Foundation, thanks to our dear friends at Lilly Endowment! Your tax-deductible donation may provide a nutrition lesson to a low-income family, a backpack of school supplies for the first day of school, or a brick on the Veterans' wall to honor a local soldier. If we, as a community, take full advantage of this opportunity it could result in an additional $50,000 being awarded EACH year in grants and scholarships!

Here's the nitty gritty....

-The $1 for $1 match is only available for gifts to the Foundation's Bisontennial Fund, newly created to honor our states 200th Birthday and to address the needs (and dreams) of our community for generations to come.

-This offer is valid until March 31, 2016 or when the matching funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

-A lesser match of fifty cents on the dollar is available to all other endowment funds within the Foundation, with a minimum gift of $1,000.

Donate online now or mail your check to the Foundation at PO Box 351, Fowler, IN 47944. Thinking this may be the time to make a significant gift? Call us at 765-884-8022 to learn about the variety of tax-advantageous giving options available!

Posted December 2nd, 2014

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