INDIANAPOLIS – The Ivy Tech Foundation recently recognized 14 winners at the seventh annual Benefactor Awards Dinner.
At this event, the Foundation honors individuals, corporations and foundations from Indiana who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. The award celebrates the gifts and volunteer service that has been contributed to the College.
“Without these donors’ generosity, dedication and support, we would not be able to provide many opportunities for students, including sponsorships to help with degree completion, financial aid for books, academic program support and new buildings to support our college’s growth,” said John Murphy, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation and Senior Vice President of Ivy Tech Community College.
The following benefactors received an award for 2017:
- Northwest: The Leonard J. and Irene Brown Foundation, Inc., has been a friend of Ivy Tech for over 10 years, providing support for capital campaigns, specialized campus programs and special events. In addition, through a charitable agreement, the Brown family helped the Foundation acquire 36 acres for the Valparaiso campus. Today, it is a 185,000 square foot campus that sees more than 3,200 students attend each semester.
- Northcentral: Requested anonymity
- Northeast: Donna Elbrecht has been very engaged with the Fort Wayne campus for years and has helped the College and Foundation make connections with prominent community individuals and organizations. Through her efforts, she has helped form partnerships between Ivy Tech and her organization, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana. This includes a partnership with the Learn to Read program and pre-employment transitional services for qualifying high school students with disabilities.
- Lafayette: Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. has been a generous benefactor to the College for over 25 years. As one of the area’s largest employers, they have made a huge impact not only for the Lafayette campus, but also around the state of Indiana. This partnership has enabled students to receive hands-on experience as part of their college curriculum.
- Kokomo: Dick and Suzanne Belcher’s interest in Fulton County and their belief in elevating the educational attainment in their community has been the catalyst for their gifts to the college and community. The Belchers gave a significant gift to Rochester schools for the construction of the Community Learning Center, and as a result, gave Ivy Tech an instructional site. This opportunity allows for high school students to take advantage of dual credit courses, which has saved families more than $83,000 in tuition. In 2016, Dick established a $15,000 endowed scholarship in memory of Suzanne.
- East Central: Mary Jamerson has a history of providing charitable support to the Ivy Tech Foundation, as well as a significant amount of volunteer service to the College. Programs, students and the Anderson community have benefitted from these contributions, including the Autoworld facility. In addition, through the Myers and Ford Scholarship, Mary awards a female recipient for perseverance as a collegian.
- Wabash Valley: Dr. Krishna and Aruna Namburi have been active members of their Terre Haute community since moving there in 1994. Their children went to Ivy Tech, allowing them to see firsthand the benefits of a community college education. They believe the best way to raise a community is through investing in education. They were introduced to the Foundation in 2016 and established the Krishna Namburi Scholarship Endowment for Vigo County High School graduates pursuing a workforce aligned credential.
- Central Indiana: Rollie and Cheri Dick are both philanthropic and volunteer-oriented supporters of Ivy Tech. Through their generosity, the two funded half of the capital project for the ASAP build-out in Indianapolis. In addition, through the Helping Fund, they established the Robert Longardner Scholarship for pre-architecture students.
- Richmond: Paul and Pat Lingle gave a generous gift to the Richmond campus, allowing it to have an immediate impact on the area. They have given unrestricted funds for student scholarships, student emergency assistance and funding to support an agriculture lab and greenhouse. The Lingle’s also established two scholarships: The Paul and Pat Lingle Endowed Scholarship and an Advanced Manufacturing and Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology program scholarship.
- Columbus: The Gene Haas Foundation was founded in 1999 and has awarded more than $35 million to charities and institutions. The foundation was formed to support manufacturing education for the community. It provides scholarship funds for students entering technical training programs.
- Southeast: Since 2015, the City of Greendale/Greendale Redevelopment Commission has provided $27,000 in scholarships through the Ivy Tech Foundation in support of students participating in the Ivy Manufacturing program. Because of their success, other Lawrenceburg organizations have stepped up to create dual enrollment funds.
- Southwest: Deaconess Health has been a leading supporter of Ivy Tech for over 20 years. Their contributions have supported capital campaigns, the “This is Ivy Tech” annual gala as a platinum sponsor, nursing and healthcare program equipment and supply needs, as well as several scholarships. They also provide in-kind gifts for nursing and healthcare programs. Deaconess was also one of the College’s first partners for the Achieve Your Degree program, which allows their employees to earn credentials at Ivy Tech for free.
- Southern Indiana: The Ford Motor Company Louisville Assembly Plant worked with the Ivy Tech Sellersburg campus on the annual Kids College program, which made it a next-generational, STEAM-focused learning experience. Through their support, the College purchased new robotic systems, computer programming software and offered many scholarships.
- Bloomington: The Duke Energy Foundation has been a donor and friend of Ivy Tech for 25 years. Through multiple grants and gifts, they have supported a broad cross-section of academic disciplines and business entrepreneurship, as well as civic engagement initiatives, the Ivy Tech Bloomington library and two capital campaigns.
For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu/benefactors.
About Ivy Tech Community College
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.