INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Foundation recognized 14 individuals, corporations or foundations for their annual Benefactor of the Year Awards, which were presented on October 1 in West Baden.
Beginning in 2010, the Foundation has presented this award to an individual, corporation or foundation that has significantly impacted Ivy Tech Community College students and communities. With the support of these award winners through volunteer leadership and philanthropic service, great changes were made possible at Ivy Tech.
“Our 2014 Benefactors of the Year demonstrate that in every community we serve there are giving individuals who understand and respect Ivy Tech’s mission,” said John Murphy, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation and Senior Vice President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Without our donors’ generosity, dedication and support, we would not be able to provide many opportunities for our students, such as scholarships, financial aid, networking and internships, and new and improved facilities.
The Benefactors of the Year are as follows:
Northwest Region – BP American Inc. is the Benefactor of the Year from the Northwest region. BP’s commitment to the United States dates back nearly 150 years and for the last 10, BP American Inc. has been a friend of Ivy Tech Community College, donating more than $450,000 for the college’s specialized programs. The partnership between the BP Foundation and Ivy Tech is helping to improve Northwest Indiana by training nearly 500 students in the process operations program.
North Central Region – Kosciusko County Community Foundation is the Benefactor of the Year from the North Central region. This Foundation is a valued community partner and worked collaboratively with the Warsaw campus to address the gap between scholarship funds and unmet student financial needs. The result was the creation of the McDonald Memorial Rapid Response Scholarship Fund.
Northeast Region – The Northeast region’s Benefactors of the Year are Ron and Mary Bonar, longtime advocates and faithful friends of Ivy Tech with generous donations of their time and financial support. Along with pledging a planned gift, the couple’s endowed scholarship, the Ron and Mary Bonar Endowed Scholarship, has benefited many non-traditional, women, and minority students facing financial challenges in their pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Allen County.
Lafayette Region – Clinton County Community Foundation is the Lafayette Benefactor of the Year. The Foundation –particularly board chair Alan Dunn and Foundation president Hilda Bruns – have been instrumental in successful fundraising for the Ivy Tech Frankfort campus. Dunn serves on the steering committee that oversees the Frankfort site and, in addition, the Foundation matched all gifts of $1,000 or greater.
Kokomo Region – Rita Jackson is the Benefactor of the Year from the Kokomo region. She was a 10-year employee of the college, first as a faculty member and then as an administrator. She became an Ivy Tech donor and endowed two scholarships, the Louise Jackson and Karen Jackson-Blue Scholarship Fund, in memory of her mother and sister; and the Grace and Oliver Brunson Memorial Scholarship, in honor of her grandparents. She also serves on the Ivy Tech Miami County scholarship fundraising committee.
East Central Region – The Avis Foundation is the East Central region’s Benefactor of the Year. The Avis Foundation was created by the owners of Avis Industrial Corporation, Upland, Ind., to address local needs in the areas of education, youth development, human services and health. Members of the Avis Foundation team have invested their time, talent and financial support in people and organizations, including Ivy Tech, where they have been known to serve as guest lecturers, advocates for students in developing their business and leadership skills, and counsel to deans and other college leaders.
Wabash Valley Region – The Wabash Valley region has selected John William “Jack” Ragle as its Benefactor of the Year. Jack’s willingness to call on donors and friends for support helps provide the Wabash Valley with resources that otherwise would be difficult to secure. His many community relationships have led to immeasurable contributions to the college. He is a tireless supporter of the Wabash Valley region’s campaign for animal welfare and education.
Central Indiana Region – Marianne Glick and Michael Woods are the Benefactors of the Year for the Central Indiana region. Their involvement with Ivy Tech is one example of their deep commitment to the community and to philanthropy in Indianapolis. Marianne Glick and her family have a long history of support for the Ivy Tech Foundation, which began with her parents, Eugene and Marilyn Glick.
The Richmond Region – Richard and Sherry Kirschner are the Benefactors of the Year for the Richmond region. They created the Second Chance Education Fund to provide financial assistance to students who don’t graduate from high school in a traditional manner or timeframe. With help from the fund, these individuals are able to pursue certificate training at Ivy Tech and achieve greater workplace skills.
The Columbus Region – The Columbus region selected Farm Credit Mid-America as its Benefactor of the Year. The company is a strong supporter of Ivy Tech’s agriculture program, specifically in the Columbus, Richmond, Kokomo, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, and Muncie regions. The company also has provided its employees as guest speakers and presenters to Ivy Tech faculty and students, as well as hiring Ivy Tech graduates and providing internships.
Southeast Region – The Batesville Community School Corporation is the Southeast region’s Benefactor of the Year. Dr. Jim Roberts and the Batesville Board of School Trustees have been instrumental in the successful development of educational opportunities at Batesville High School. Two of these are the dual enrollment and dual credit partnerships with Ivy Tech.
Southwest Region – The Southwest region’s Benefactor of the Year is Holly D’Amour. As an enthusiastic supporter and former regional trustee and Foundation board member, she has worked diligently to raise community awareness of Ivy Tech, to educate and engage prospective donors, and to advise the College and the Foundation. She co-chaired the Changing Lives Major Gifts campaign and thanks to her leadership, the campaign surpassed its goal of $4.5 million by more than $2 million.
Southern Indiana Region – Clark Memorial Hospital is the Southern Indiana region’s Benefactor of the Year. The hospital has been a champion for Ivy Tech Community College for the last 23 years. The hospital has an endowed fund at the local community foundation to support Ivy Tech scholarships, and has been instrumental in creating partnerships and forging relationships with other healthcare institutions.
Bloomington Region – The IU Credit Union is the Bloomington region’s Benefactor of the Year. The IU Credit Union is passionate about the communities it serves, particularly in the area of education. For nearly 30 years, this member-owned institution has served as a leader in responding both generously and immediately to the capital, sponsorship and scholarship needs of the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. 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.