Community Foundation boosts scholarships for class of 2020

Community Foundation Boosts Scholarships for Class of 2020

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2020

ASHLAND – In an effort to support and encourage graduating seniors from area high schools, Ashland
County Community Foundation made sure every student who completed a scholarship application
through the foundation this year received a scholarship.

“This is an unprecedented action for the foundation, but we understand that the members of the Class
of 2020 are in an unprecedented position,” said ACCF President/CEO Jim Cutright.

“They’ve missed out on classroom learning and lunchroom socialization. They’ve had to forgo spring
sports seasons and so many other extracurricular activities. Now they face the difficulty of starting new
chapters in their lives amid the uncertainties of a pandemic.”

At Cutright’s recommendation, the executive committee of ACCF’s board of trustees agreed to use a
portion of the foundation’s unrestricted funds to boost this year’s scholarship awards.

With ACCF’s addition of approximately $22,000, any applicant who would not have received a
scholarship this year received $500. Any applicant who had been selected to receive a sum total of
scholarships less than $500 had his or her scholarship total increased to $500.

In total, 178 students were awarded 267 scholarships— approximately $345,500— with a majority of
the awards coming from donors’ scholarship funds held at ACCF.

“This is not something we will be able to do every year, but through the generosity of our donors, we
are pleased to be able to do it this year,” Cutright said. “It’s our simple way of telling the class of 2020,
‘We believe in you.’”

This Class of 2020 Scholarship Initiative is the latest in a series of actions taken by ACCF to help mitigate
the negative effects to COVID-19 in Ashland County.

In March, the foundation established an Emergency Response pass-through fund as a means of allowing
donors to support Ashland City Schools’ student lunch distribution.

In April, ACCF redirected Silver Anniversary dollars previously set aside for the foundation’s 25th
Anniversary initiatives to create a COVID-19 Nonprofit Relief Fund, in partnership with United Way of
Ashland County. More than $141,500 has been granted from that fund to support local nonprofit
organizations that are striving to meet community needs amid difficulties caused by the pandemic.

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances
philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with
causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $16 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.

Community Foundation announces 2020 IMPACT Youth Grants

Community Foundation Announces 2020 IMPACT Youth Grants

For Immediate Release
May 26, 2020

ASHLAND – Ashland County Community Foundation’s IMPACT Youth Council, with ratification by the
Board of Trustees, approved IMPACT Youth Grants for 2020.

Eleven organizations serving Ashland County youth were awarded grants totaling $9,330.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ACCF is providing as much flexibility as possible for grant recipients.
While a majority of recipients still plan to use the grants for their intended purposes within the next
year, some are shifting to virtual activities or modifying timelines for programs and projects.

The following organizations received grants:

room, with focus on older youth needs.
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center was awarded a grant to purchase SPARK program
early childhood educational materials.
Ashland City Schools received a grant to support “Meet the Bard – Introduction to Shakespeare,”
a workshop and assessment for middle school students.
Ashland City Schools was awarded a grant to purchase equipment and supplies for the Book
Brigade project to promote reading.
Brethren Care Village, LLC received a grant to purchase supplies for the Senior-Youth Connection
project.
Catholic Charities Corp. – Ashland County was awarded a grant to support Ashland Connects to
Teens Mentoring program.
Flying Horse Farms received a grant to provide camp experiences to Ashland County children
with serious illness
Kiwanis Club of Ashland was awarded a grant for 2020 Safety Town program equipment.
Loudonville Church Women, Inc. received a grant to support the Back to School Open House
project.
Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee was awarded a grant to support the Ohio Theatre
Children’s Chorus.
Savannah Lions Club received a grant to help fund the Savannah Summer Youth program.
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to enhance Safe Haven’s youth




IMPACT Youth Grants are competitive grants awarded by ACCF to 501(c)(3) and other qualifying
charitable organizations in support of projects and initiatives specifically designed to benefit the youth
of Ashland County.

Grant recipients are chosen by ACCF’s IMPACT Youth Council, a committee of student volunteers from
Ashland County high schools.

The application deadline for IMPACT Youth grants is February 1 of each year. Inquiries can be made by
calling the Foundation office at 419-281-4733 or visiting the ACCF website at
www.accommunityfoundation.org.

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances
philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with
causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $16 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.