• Blue River Community Foundation: BRCF July 2024 Newsletter

    July 2024
     
    BRCF SCHOLAR ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT
    Jordan Clark, Lead Forward Grant Recipient

    For July, Jordan (Achenbach) Clark, Shelby County’s 2011 Lilly Scholar, is the featured scholar alumni. Jordan attended Shelbyville Central Schools as a student before pursuing an undergraduate degree in Pharmacy at Butler University. Jordan has continued her education beyond her undergraduate program and has obtained a doctorate in Pharmacy. 
     
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    2024 Recipients Announced
    In 2016, Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) introduced the Spirit of the Community Award program to Shelby County. This program allows for community members to shine a light on the extraordinary generosity and leadership of both an individual and/or business and a nonprofit organization who demonstrate community spirit through their service and giving to Shelby County.
    Jason Yantiss
    Individual Category Recipient
    Boys & Girls Club of Shelby County
    Nonprofit Category Recipient
    (l-r): Deb Dalley, Jason Yantiss, and Jordan England
    (l-r): Jordan England, Jenni Wheeler, Scott Spahr, Joe Harlan, and Jennifer Jones
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    STUDENTS PROMOTING EDUCATION THROUGH ART
    Rylee Kleine and Daisy Barrett Transform Downtown Utility Box
    In 2024, Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) has been intentional in promoting an educational theme within Shelby County. An exciting update on this commitment is the installation of new electrical cabinet art in the public square of Shelbyville. Two members of the Foundation’s Scholar Alumni Alliance, Rylee Kleine and Daisy Barrett (pictured left to right), were instrumental in accomplishing this project.
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    EMPOWERING STUDENTS & NONPROFITS
    Reflecting On A Successful Inaugural Internship Program
    Scott Spahr and Citlalli Cadena-Moreno
    Last fall, Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) announced a new nonprofit internship grant opportunity for local nonprofits.  This new initiative aims to strengthen our community by supporting local nonprofits while providing valuable learning opportunities for the next generation in our county. Interested Shelby County nonprofits must complete an application as part of a competitive process and one grant up to $5,000 is awarded to the recipient.  
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    SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION CYCLE
    July 1 - September 1

    High school students on track to graduate by June 30, 2025 can now apply for scholarships during BRCF's summer scholarship application cycle.  Students applying during this cycle are considered for both the
     Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship &
     BRCF administered scholarships. 
    The deadline to apply is September 1, 2024.
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    HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
    Downtown Utility Cabinets Transformed By Local Students
    Three utility cabinets were recently transformed into beautiful art pieces in downtown Shelbyville.  To find out where these are located, how they were funded, and learn about the artists, please click the button below. Interested in supporting more projects like this? Donations will go a long way in making Shelby County even more beautiful and vibrant, and right now, every contribution will be matched 1:1. Let's continue to enhance our community together. To donate, please click HERE
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    SCHOLARSHIP WORKSHOP
    Attention Class Of 2025 - Last Chance to Register
    Rising seniors from around Shelby County learned valuable information about BRCF's scholarship program at the June Scholarship Workshop.  An additional workshop is slated for July 11th from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.... only a few seats are still open.  Any high school student on track to graduate by June of 2025 is encouraged to register.  If registration reaches capacity, an additional workshop will be offered.   Deadline to register is July 9th.  To learn more about this opportunity, please review this flyer or contact Julie Alvis at jalvis@blueriverfoundation.com or 317.392.7955 ext. 102
    Pictured are students and alumni scholars attending BRCF's June scholarship workshop.  
    front (l-r): Derreck Uhls, Bryce Haney, Parker Douglas, Logan Page, Dalton Jones, Rylee Kleine 
    back (l-r): Beau Kenkel, Blaine Raider, Kincade Dorsey, Whitney Dellinger, Jonah Anspaugh, Kaden Barlow, Brayden Elliott, Addison Stieneker
    attending but not pictured: Aaliyah White and Hallie Schweitzer

     
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    CITY & COUNTY PROGRESS GRANT CYCLE
    Interest Forms Due Today
    The City of Shelbyville and Shelby County Government continue to offer a grant program funded through racino income that they receive annually under state law. They recognize that many organizations are working continually to enhance the quality of life in our community and wish to support this work by offering grants awarded annually through a competitive selection process. Grant interest forms are due TODAY!  LEARN MORE or contact Jordan England.
    GRANT INTEREST FORM
     
    ESTATE & SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR THE FAMILY FARM
    July 19 Free Webinar
    Registration is now open for Indiana Agricultural Law Foundation’s Estate and Succession Planning for the Family Farm workshop. 
    Local farmers can learn tips on how to transition their family’s farm to the next generation. The free virtual workshop is open to anyone interested in understanding the importance of estate and succession planning to their business. Attendees also will have time to ask questions after each presentationREGISTER HERE
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    NEW FUND
     




    Vaught Family Fund

    Type:  Community (Unrestricted) Fund

    We feel The Foundation has positioned itself in becoming a great asset to the citizens of Shelbyville and Shelby County. With the current leadership in place, it’s a viable connector that unites all stakeholders for the  common good. It enhances the quality of life in our city and county. It molds a common vision and brings community pride to the forefront. And, perhaps most importantly, it creates opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach. We are happy to be a small part of a whole lot of good.    - Mike & Sally Vaught

     
    2023 ANNUAL REPORT



    BRCF's 2023 Annual Report will be hitting mailboxes in a few weeks.  In the meantime, please check out the digital version.  
     
    DATES & DEADLINES TO KNOW
     
    July 1 - City & County Progress Grant Interest Forms Deadline

    July 1 - Summer Scholarship Application Cycle opens  
                 (for students on track to graduate high school by                          June 2025)

    July 1 - Scholarship Claim Forms due for 2024 recipients

    July 4 & 5 - July 4th Holiday; BRCF Office Closed

    July 11 - Scholarship Workshop 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

    August 1 - City & County Progress Grant Application Deadline

     
     
    BRCF INITIATIVES
    The Dolly Parton Imagination Library program provides a free book monthly for children ages 0-5.  BRCF administers this opportunity in Shelby County thanks in part to the Shelby County Imagination Library fund established by donors. 
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