Monday, June 18, 2018

Community Foundation Congratulates 2018 Graduates


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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains extends congratulations to the High School graduates who will receive tuition assistance from 87 college scholarship awards that have been granted by The Community Foundation this spring. More than $123,000 will be provided to graduates from eleven High Schools or Career and Technology Schools in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties. Furthermore, The Community Foundation’s participation in the Pennsylvania PATH program will allow students who matriculate at Pennsylvania colleges to be nominated for potential matching funding. The Community Foundation thanks the donors who have established these permanent scholarships and wishes good luck to all the scholarship recipients on the next phase of their education.

Vitale Scholarship Available for Adult Students

Vitale2College Seniors and Graduate School Students who will complete their studies during the 2018-2019 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. The Scholarship award for 2018 is $3,000, and if undergraduate students attend college within Pennsylvania they will be nominated for potential matching grants.

Applications must be completed by July 1, 2018. The scholarship recipient 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.

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Camp Archbald Fund Established

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that a new charitable fund has been established to help support the Girl Scouts’ Camp Archbald in Kingsley, Pennsylvania. The camp is the second oldest Girl Scout camp in the United States founded in 1920. Because of economic constraints Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA and their Board of Directors have recently slated Camp Archbald for downsizing and cutting back on facilities and programs.

Many generations of women have attended and worked at the iconic Camp Archbald. A group of concerned Girl Scout alumni, friends, camp staff, and supporters have formed the Supporters of Camp Archbald to help support and maintain the camp so that its storied past may continue to serve girls today and far into the future. Supporters of Camp Archbald intends to reinstate programming, maintenance, and upkeep of the camp structures and legacy.

Supporters of Camp Archbald LogoThe Supporters of Camp Archbald Fund at The Community Foundation has been established to be a repository for donations to help support the camp. It is hoped donations will arrive to help offset the expenses of restoring, programming, and maintaining the camp. Donations may be sent to the Supporters of Camp Archbald Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

As Eileen Head, a lifetime Girl Scout and a member of Supporters of Camp Archbald points out “The camp outdoor experience is a vital part of Girl Scouts. Living, boating, swimming, singing and hiking at Camp Archbald with their friends has a lasting impact on girls who become women that care about the lake, forest and animals. In many cases these women decide to study sciences, engineering, technology, teaching and the arts based on their appreciation, friendships curiosity about the outdoors at Camp Archbald. These women pass along this legacy oftentimes to their troop, family and friends ... sometimes for generations.” 

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Rusty Ely Endowment Established

April 16, 2018: Montrose, PA: Many local citizens fondly recall talented landscaper and stone mason Rusty Ely who passed away in March 2017. His remarkable work adorns many locations in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond and those fortunate enough to have a Rusty Ely wall or patio possess something of distinction that will last for generations. Rusty was a hard worker and fine craftsman with a reputation for his big heart and winning smile. He was involved with many local organizations and activities, but his family always came first.Rusty Ely photo

To honor his memory Rusty’s family has established the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This permanent charitable endowment will provide support to the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center for its general purposes to continue to provide for the education and opportunities of students and adults from Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties. Rusty’s legacy of craftsmanship will live on in the graduates of the Technology Center, a sentiment that would most certainly please him.

Additional donations have already been provided by Quality Deer Management Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation, two organizations that benefited from Rusty’s influence. Also, a portion of the proceeds from this past year’s annual pie sale in memory of Alayna Ely (Rusty’s niece), which has become a community endeavor, has also been generously donated by the Guy David Ely family. To honor Rusty and to help future generations of Technology Center students, donations to the Russell Ely Memorial Endowment may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org. Rusty would be pleased.

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