Friday, August 07, 2020

Kelly Memorial Scholarship Established


Melvin & Audrey Kelly

The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the recent formation of the Audrey R. & J. Melvin Kelly Memorial Scholarship to provide educational tuition assistance to students from Susquehanna County. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly raised a family of five children and both practiced law locally, a family tradition that continues to this day. J. Melvin Kelly was born in 1905 the only child of Attorney John M. Kelly and Bessie Melvin Kelly. Audrey Kelly was born in Broome County in 1914, and was raised in Susquehanna Depot by her parents Freemont Roberts and Catherine Shanley Roberts.

For many years Melvin served as President of the Susquehanna County Bar Association. Audrey, despite never having attended college, studied for the entrance examination for Cornell University Law School at her husband’s encouragement and joined the class of 1948. In 1949 she was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and became a partner with her husband in the firm of Kelly & Kelly Attorneys at Law, a firm that continues in Montrose to this day.

In 1963 Governor Scranton selected Audrey to serve as the Commonwealth’s Insurance Commissioner. She was the first woman in the history of the United States to be a State Insurance Commissioner. In 1976 the Montrose Business and Professional Women’s Club recognized Audrey as Woman of the Year and described her as a “woman who could not wait for Women’s Liberation” to occur. Her career inspired subsequent generations to live to their full potential. Melvin’s support of Audrey’s success was unconditional and enduring as was his devotion to his family and their success. Having been together since 1931 Audrey and Melvin both passed away, within ten weeks of each other, in 1987.

Their permanent memorial scholarship will be available to all graduating High School seniors in Susquehanna County who will matriculate at college or a post-secondary degree program. It is hoped this assistance will provide local students a greater opportunity for employment and provide them an incentive to also someday give back to their local communities. Donations to honor the legacies of Mr. & Mrs. Kelly, and to help support future generations of local students, can be sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or can be made online at

Susquehanna County Township Officials Establish Scholarship

The Susquehanna County Township Officials Association recently established a permanent annual college scholarship administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The scholarship will be available to graduating seniors from the six High Schools in Susquehanna County as well as graduating Home Schooled students. The award will benefit a student who has exhibited community service and who will matriculate at college to major in political science or governmental studies.

Elliot Ross, President of the Susquehanna County Township Officials Association, states: “Recognizing the need for qualified elected officials in all venues of government, and particularly at the local level, it is our pleasure to award local students who have chosen to make a commitment to our area through community service and who show promise for continuing this civic involvement in the years ahead.” Contributions to the Susquehanna County Township Officials Association Scholarship are always welcome to help enhance its value and to continue assisting future generations of Susquehanna County students. Donations may sent to The Community Foundation at 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at caps

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2019 Cindi Conaty Right to Life Breakfast flyer

Old Forge Forms School District Foundation

old forge logoThe Old Forge School District recently established the Old Forge School District Foundation administered by Commonwealth Charitable Management, headquartered in Montrose which currently administers foundations for seven other school districts in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Old Forge School District Foundation will manage endowments established by friends and benefactors of the district to support special unfunded projects in the schools as well as college scholarships to benefit graduating seniors. Furthermore, since 2003 Commonwealth Charitable Management has administered the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program which provides funding for projects in schools throughout Pennsylvania. Funding is provided by tax credit contributions from corporations. Currently Peoples Security Bank and Trust is providing more than $11,000 to assist deserving Old Forge high school students with Dual Enrollment expenses so they may earn college credit on certain courses offered in the High School.

Those interested in learning more about establishing endowments or participating in the Education Improvement program may contact High School Principal Chris Gatto or Commonwealth Charitable Management at 570-278-3800.

Fairdale Grange Donates to Button-Weller Fund

For the second year in a row the Fairdale Grange recently made a generous $1,000 contribution to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients administered by The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The Grange has a tradition of charitable support and with this donation the members wished to have a local impact. This charitable endowment was established in 2017 by the Button and Weller families of New Milford and Montrose to provide financial support to Susquehanna County Interfaith that provides services and assistance to local individuals and families who are being treated for cancer.

This endowment derives from personal experiences with cancer and for a number of years the families have organized a local running race to help raise funding for cancer patients. They intend to continue that event for this permanent endowment that will provide annual assistance for local families for many generations to come. The Button and Weller families extend their appreciation for this donation from the Fairdale Grange and adds that they are pleased to continue their tradition of assistance to cancer patients and looks forward to providing this assistance for many years to come.

Tax deductible donations to help build this fund are always welcome and may be sent to the Button-Weller Family Fund for Cancer Patients at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or online at

Button Weller 2018People in Photo Left to Right: Peter Quigg: The Community Foundation, Sandra Bennett: Fairdale Grange, Dave Hibbard: Fairdale Grange, Don Button, Emma Button, Brooklyn Button, Matthew Button

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