Saturday, April 20, 2019

10th Annual Julie Bush Capwell Memorial Golf Tournament

2019 Spring Greetings Letter

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains administers the Julie Bush Capwell Memorial Fund and is honored to help spread the news of this upcoming event.

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Button Weller Run For Life to Benefit Cancer Patients

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Clauson Willpower Scholarship Established

A new permanent scholarship fund to benefit graduates of Blue Ridge High School has been established with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The William J. Clauson Willpower Scholarship will provide tuition assistance to Blue Ridge students who will attend college or a post-secondary degree program and who have had a positive impact on others and exhibited the willpower to overcome obstacles. Will Clauson is a current Blue Ridge student who will graduate in 2019 and forming this scholarship to help future generations of students is his way of giving back to the school and community that have been so supportive of him. Will’s plans include attending a post-secondary degree program next year to study welding, which he currently studies at the Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center. Initial funding for the scholarship endowment was raised from T-shirt sales and additional donations are always welcome. Will’s Blue Ridge wrestling coach, Joe Pipitone, was instrumental in guiding Will through the process of starting this endowment and commends his ideas and foresight to assist future Blue Ridge graduates. Donations to the William J. Clauson Willpower Scholarship are always welcome and can be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Adam Liepinis Scholarship Established

Adam Liepinis 2The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the recent establishment of the Adam Liepinis Memorial Scholarship to provided tuition assistance to students who will attend a post-secondary degree program with a priority given to those studying welding or automotive technology. Established my Adam’s family and friends the permanent scholarship is intended to honor his passion for cars and all things mechanical and to provide assistance to future generations who share his interests.

Tragically, Adam perished in an automobile accident in 2017. He was a 2013 graduate of Blue Ridge High School and a 2015 graduate of Penn Tech with a major in welding. His scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from Blue Ridge High School and from Mountain View High School. To help honor his memory and to benefit future generations of students contributions to the Adam Liepinis Memorial Scholarship may be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at www.community-foundation.org.

Endowment for Technology Center Established

Mike BakaysaA new permanent endowment to help support the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center has recently been established with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Michael Bakaysa III Fund for Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center is intended to provide support to the Center for special unfunded projects or expenses. Mr. Bakaysa is a graduate of Elk Lake High School and his intention with this endowment is to pay back to the school and community that was formative for him as he began his career in state government in the field of workforce and economic development.

A native of Springville, Michael Bakaysa III left the area to attend Belknap College in Centre Harbor, New Hampshire where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management. In addition, Mr. Bakaysa attended Penn State University with a concentration in Labor Relations. He is also a veteran having served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Bakaysa began his professional career in Scranton as an employment interviewer with the Bureau of Employment Security with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. He spent 40 years working with Labor & Industry in various capacities including providing technical assistance, conducting compliance monitoring, serving as a Labor & Industry School-to-Work Representative in conjunction with the Departments of Education, Community & Economic Development, and Governor’s Policy Office; acting as Supervisor of the PA CareerLink Oversight Coordination Services Area; and supervising a staff that provided oversight of Pennsylvania’s workforce & economic development delivery system in Harrisburg. He was also Supervisor of the statewide Youth, Education, and Services Unit.
Mr. Bakaysa retired as Site Administrator of the Lackawanna County CareerLink office.

As a member of the Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center’s Advisory Committee, he looks forward to closely working with Dr. Alice Davis, Executive Director of the Career and Technology Center and Bill DesRosiers of Cabot Oil & Gas as well as other Advisory Committee members in furthering the goals and objectives of the Technology Center.

Mr. Bakaysa’s fund joins eight other Community Foundation endowments that provide support to the Technology Center to help better serve its students: The Bondurant Family Fund for Automotive Technology, Cabot Oil & Gas Fund for Career & Technology Students, Claverack Education Fund, John James Memorial Fund to Benefit FBLA Clubs, Leopold & Jane Schreiber Fund for Culinary Arts, Diane Yakoski Memorial Nursing Fund, Rusty Ely Memorial Fund, and Veterans Education and Training Support Fund. Mr. Bakaysa’s most recent support of the Technology Center is further testimony of the work on behalf of the school’s administration and faculty to serve the needs of the students from Susquehanna and Wyoming counties who attend the myriad of programs at The Technology Center. His foresight is appreciated and will provide assistance for many generations to come.

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