Friday, November 22, 2019

Birchard Scholarship Established for Montrose Students


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The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the formation of the Courtland Birchard Scholarship Fund that will provide tuition assistance to graduating seniors from Montrose Area High School who will attend Broome Community College. Mr. Birchard is an alumnus of both schools with a lasting fondness for each of them, and it is his wish with this permanent endowment to assist students who will have a similar connection. He served his country in Korea and returned to use his G.I. Bill Education Benefits for additional training. This new scholarship is his way to both pay it forward and give back to his community.

Mr. Birchard graduated from Montrose High School in 1948 and he looks forward to providing the first award next spring during the 70th anniversary year of his own graduation. He went on to graduate from what was then Broome Technical Community College with a degree in electronics, but many local citizens will be familiar with Mr. Birchard’s intricate bluestone engravings that adorn many homes and organizations in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. For years he was an annual fixture at the Harford Fair where he exhibited his art work and demonstrated his technique.

Additional donations to honor Courtland Birchard’s personal generosity, and to further assist future generations of deserving Montrose students, may be sent to the Courtland Birchard Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation 270 Lake Avenue, Montrose, PA 18801 or online at

Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock Forms Community Fund

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The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock recently established the Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. The fund is a permanent endowment that will provide grants to help support the Kiwanis Club’s various community projects. “The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock has a long tradition of supporting a broad array of local activities, and this new endowment will help the club continue that tradition and possibly expand that support,” said Rebecca Corby, club President.

The Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock supports such community activities as the Tunkhannock Area School District’s Builder’s Club, reading programs for local Pre-Schools, installing community Christmas lights and providing Christmas trees to needy families, as well as the Wyoming County Safety Cupboard, the Wyoming County Resource Center, and also various youth programs at the Endless Mountains Nature Center.

“This new endowment will provide a reliable and growing base of funding that the club will be able to utilize for many generations to come,” said Peter Quigg, Community Foundation president. To help enhance its value and its granting ability, this new Tunkhannock Kiwanis Community Fund can always receive additional tax-deductible donations, which can be sent to The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; 207 Lake Avenue Montrose, PA 18801 or made online at

Cultivations Endowment for the Arts Established at Community Foundation

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Cultivations Endowment for the Arts Established at Community Foundation

August 10, 2017: Montrose, PA: The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains is pleased to announce the establishment of 

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The Cultivations Endowment for the Arts which will support art education in the public schools of underserved communities throughout the United States. Cultivations is an online boutique representing various artisans from throughout the country and proceeds from sales will be contributed to this permanent endowment. The web site showcases a collection of specially curated handcrafted goods.

Cultivations’ Founder and Curator, Holly Bailey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania feels that “promoting creativity and expression empowers young people to stay engaged, to succeed, and to grow over the course of their education.” Bailey adds that “the goal of the Cultivations Endowment for the Arts is to introduce young people to creative outlets and help foster in them an appreciation for the arts that will stay with them throughout their lifetime.”

More information about Cultivations and the new endowment for the arts can be found at For information about The Community Foundation please visit  

Community Bank, N.A. Supports Camp Invention

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Peter Quigg, President Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains; Susan Bugno, Principal Tunkhannock Area Middle School; Lisa Sniscak, Tunkhannock 5th Grade Teacher and Camp Invention Director; Barbara Maculloch, President Community Bank NA

Community Bank NA recently provided $12,000 in assistance to Camp Invention held at the Tunkhannock Area School District. The contribution was made through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit program administered by the Tunkhannock Area School District Foundation which is an affiliate of The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains. This assistance enabled 62 Middle School students to attend the one week summer enrichment program to foster an interest in science and technology. Camp Invention is held in schools throughout the United States and more can be learned at The Community Foundation has provided such assistance to Tunkhannock’s Camp Invention for ten years and is pleased to have Community Bank NA be the corporate sponsor for 2017.

This assistance continues a tradition of Community Bank NA supporting education in northeastern Pennsylvania, and since 2007 the bank has worked with The Community Foundation of the Endless Mountains regarding various educational assistance projects in this region. Barbara Maculloch, President of Community Bank NA states that “the bank is very pleased to assist deserving students and we hope this was an interesting and enjoyable start to their summer vacation.” Lisa Sniscak, Director of Camp Invention, points out that this assistance from the bank will enable local students to receive the technical and scientific education that is so vital to today’s students.

Community Bank NA has 32 branches serving northeastern Pennsylvania and provides a full array of banking services as well as wealth management advice including insurance and trust administration. More can be learned at

Community Foundation Congratulates 2017 Graduates


shutterstock 94853899The 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.

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