Ivy Tech selects Grote family as Benefactor of the Year

Ivy Tech Foundation has recognized its 2009 Benefactor of the Year. The Grote family, from Ivy Tech Community College’s Madison region, was presented with the honor at the annual Ivy Tech Trustees and Directors’ Conference held in Indianapolis.

The recipient is selected from a pool of nominees by a committee of the Ivy Tech Foundation board. The honor is awarded based on philanthropic and volunteer support, as well as the demonstrable impact of the nominee’s participation with Ivy Tech Community College and Ivy Tech Foundation.

The Grote family has made countless contributions to Ivy Tech Community College and education in Southeastern Indiana. The family has been helping to shape Ivy Tech as the college of choice in their community since 1979 when Walter “Buzz” Grote and William “Bill” Grote of Grote Industries, Inc., established the company’s first scholarship through Ivy Tech Foundation to assist Ivy Tech students in Jefferson County, Indiana, and Trimble County, Kentucky.

The family’s personal and corporate commitment to Ivy Tech spans more than 30 years. A significant gift of $50,000 leveraged an additional $50,000 of Lilly Foundation, Inc. grant funds. This lead gift launched the successful capital campaign in Madison that resulted in a 80,000 square foot, $19 million building expansion. The family also contributes to various personal endowments in memory and honor of community friends. Together, Bill and Buzz have served more than 15 years as Ivy Tech Community College volunteers.

The Grote family has helped change the lives of Ivy Tech students in the communities where they live and work. 

Kelly Singer, an accounting student who received a scholarship from endowments supported by the Grote family, said, “This scholarship will help me fulfill my dream to provide opportunities from my son that my parents could not offer me. One day I hope I will be able to help others achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

Ivy Tech Foundation partners with donors to invest in Ivy Tech Community College students, faculty and programs to build stronger communities and a better Indiana.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech is the state’s largest public post-secondary institution and the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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