Monday, March 01, 2021

Community Foundation Announces 2021 College Scholarships

collegekidsdiplomas500The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce that for the Class of 2021 High School graduates there are 90 scholarships available that will provide a combined $190,000 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 select public school districts in Bradford, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Pike, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, 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 12th until March 21st. Winners will be announced at the various High School Award Ceremonies conducted in the spring.

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New Endowment Continues Joe Welden Legacy

Joe Welden 2The many friends of local artist and musician Joe Welden recently established the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit which is intended to provide support to Pink Arrow Arts in Montrose to assist individuals seeking to advance their knowledge in art or music. Joe Welden was a dear friend of the Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books for many years, exhibiting his work often, and enriching the lives of artists and visitors alike with his presence. In 2018, when Pink Arrow Arts, Inc opened their doors at 35 Pine Street, the Welden Gallery was named in his honor.

After Mr. Welden’s passing in May 2020 at the age of 94 memorial donations were collected from the community and this permanent endowment in his memory has been formed at The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Joe’s hometown of Montrose. Joe was an iconic and well-respected musician and artist who inspired many people in northeastern Pennsylvania, and beyond. Joe studied art and music in Montrose and Philadelphia and was an accomplished jazz pianist. Many of his paintings, drawings, and collages depicted, and were inspired by, jazz performances. For years his studio in Montrose was a must-see stop on the annual Susquehanna County Artists’ Open Tour every Columbus Day Weekend. His gentle and welcoming demeanor was always a highlight of the tour and he will be deeply missed.

It is hoped this new endowment will honor Joe’s spirit and will help Pink Arrow Arts pass on his talent to new generations of artists and musicians who need a helping hand on their own creative journeys. Donations to Joe’s permanent endowment are always welcome to help remember him and to carry on his tradition of helping others. Contributions can be sent to the Joe Welden Fund in Support of the Creative Spirit at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org. Joe would shake his head in wonderment at such donations, but also shyly grin with a gleam of appreciation in his eye.

Friends of Susquehanna County Provide Support

FriendsofSusq CtyThe Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce that the Friends of Susquehanna County Endowment recently provided a $1,000 grant to help recognize the giving spirit of Christmas. This year the endowment provided support to the Women’s Resource Center, Susquehanna County 4-H, and the Good Start Program of the Blue Ridge School District. Originally known as The Friends of Barnes-Kasson Hospital to help raise funding for the hospital, the civic-minded group of individuals expanded their region of support and changed their name to The Friends of Susquehanna County. In 2002 they established a charitable endowment with The Community Foundation to help provide support in the communities they serve. Over the years the Friends of Susquehanna County have assisted food pantries, schools, libraries, health clinics, senior citizen agencies, and a host of other non-profits in Susquehanna County. Their permanent endowment with The Community Foundation is intended to continue this charitable legacy for many generations to come and contributions to the endowment are always welcome. Donations to The Friends of Susquehanna County Endowment can be mailed to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Palmer Endowment Supports New Milford Rotary

November 16, 2020: Montrose, PA: The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce the recent formation of the John Harry & Bernice Louise Palmer Charitable Endowment. This permanent endowment was established by the family of Mr. & Mrs. Palmer and is intended to provide support to the New Milford Area Rotary Club for its expenses pertaining to educational and literacy programs that benefit Susquehanna County, such as providing dictionaries in the local schools and for the Rotary’s foreign student exchange program. The Rotary International Student Exchange Program was a favorite of John and Bernice Palmer over many years. Their home hosted foreign exchange students from Japan and New Zealand and continue to maintain loving relationships with both former students, to this day. The New Milford Area Rotary continues supporting such exchange programs, most recently hosting a student from France and sending a student to Croatia. Such programs are a key part of establishing the foundation for positive international relations in the world, according to David Palmer, son of John and Bernice. This endowment will also support such local programs as area high school scholarships programs, Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), and the Interact Club program, building blocks for the development of leadership skills in our area youth. Additional donations are always welcome to help honor Mr. & Mrs. Palmer while also providing enhanced support to the worthy local projects of the New Milford Area Rotary Club. Contributions may be sent to the Palmer Charitable Endowment at The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue in Montrose, PA 18801, or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

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Bernice and John Palmer

Stone House® Establishes Charitable Endowment

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains, a division of Commonwealth Charitable Management headquartered in Montrose, is pleased to announce that Stone House® Retirement Income Planners of Tunkhannock has established the Stone House Charitable Fund that will provide charitable and educational support throughout the United States. Robert J. Brown CFP, a partner in Stone House®, points out that this new endowment is a continuation of the firm’s commitment not only to our local communities, but to an ever-expanding area of priorities as guided by clients. “Our client base has grown considerably, over the last fifteen years and some clients are very much enjoying just how philanthropy makes them feel. They’re not only thinking of where they want their dollars to go this year, but also about what happens long after they’re gone. This fund will formalize the charitable capabilities of Stone House® while providing enduring flexibility for various charitable goals.” Peter Quigg, President of The Community Foundation, adds that “the Community Foundation has the ability to support philanthropic projects wherever Stone House® feels the need is the greatest, and we look forward to working with Bob, his partners, and their clients to provide assistance where it will have the greatest impact.”

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People in Photo Left to Right:
Scott Stone; Stone House Planners
Cristine Clayton; Commonwealth Charitable Management
Earle Wootton; Commonwealth Charitable Management
Bob Brown; Stone House Planners
John Burke; Stone House Planners
Peter Quigg; Commonwealth Charitable Management

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