The Community Foundation was gratified by the amazing generosity of islanders last week at the 2014 San Juan County Fair when over $31,000 was donated to eight different projects featured in the matching program. This amount was raised in just the four days of the Fair!
The Foundation, in turn, matched those donations up to 50% of the project’s goal amount, thereby allowing over $44,000 to be granted to the following projects:
• Animal Protection Society’s new shelter
• Islands Oil Spill Association’s new supply trailer
• Museum of History & Industry’s expansion project
• Community Foundation’s Scholarship Fund
• Islands Museum of Art’s new building
• Family Resource Center’s youth mentoring program
• SJICF Women’s Fund membership drive
• Band Families & Friends musical instrument repair and acquisition
At the conclusion of the 2014 San Juan County Fair, two-year-old Gabby Baisch reached into the glass jar that held names of all contributors at the Community Foundation’s booth – and drew out the name of Allen Rosenberg. That gave Allen the opportunity to select the nonprofit beneficiary of a bonus $1,000 from the Foundation. He chose Islands Oil Spill Association to be the lucky recipient.
The Community Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all who made this annual event so enjoyable – and so successful.
The Community Foundation is pleased to announce its award of scholarships for the 2014/2015 academic year to former and present San Juan Island high school students. Awards were made to continuing college students, high school students graduating this year, and individuals pursuing career training.
The following renewable awards have been made to graduates of Friday Harbor High School, Spring Street International School, and home schooled students.
Inskeep Scholarship Fund: (one year awards based upon exceptional need and demonstrating excellent promise to succeed)
The following students were previous recipients of Inskeep Scholarships and have been awarded another scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year:
Clara Brand, Western Washington University: $4,000
Amanda Brast, Oregon State University: $5,000
Ashleigh Brown, Central Washington University: $4,000
Diana Eisenhauer, University of Washington: $9,000
Lita Gislason, Western Washington University: $5,000
Elle Guard, Baylor University: $10,000
Gavin Guard, Whitman College: $5,000
Jennifer MacDonald, Western Washington University: $5,000
Emma McMain, Pacific University: $4,000
Miranda McPadden, Washington State University: $5,000
Shanti Neff-Baro, Pomona College: $4,000
Audrey Olshefsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: $10,000
Brett Paul, Gonzaga University: $6,000
Connar Smith, California Polytechnic State University: $10,000
Hannah Sundberg, Northwest University: $7,000
Sierra Truesdale, Western Washington University: $6,000
Malcolm Wynn, Washington State University: $4,000
The following students graduated this June and have been selected to receive Inskeep Scholarship awards:
Emma Brand, University of Washington: $2,000
Otis Cooper-West, University of Washington: $2,000
Kate Fenley, University of Washington: $2,000
Emily Guard, Baylor University: $2,000
Jacklyn Justiniano, Oregon State University: $4,000
Madeline Marinkovich, University of Washington: $5,000
Isabel Place, University of Washington: $2,000
Alaina Scheffer, Western Washington University: $5,000
Julianne Schreiber, Western Washington University: $5,000
Ellery Von Dassow, Western Washington University: $2,000
Nelson Wynn, University of Washington: $2,000
The Inskeep Scholarship Fund was established by a generous donation made by the late Jerry Inskeep who deeply appreciated the helping hand that he received enabling him to attend college. He left a legacy through the San Juan Island Community Foundation that will provide a permanent source of funds for the education of our island’s children.
SJICF Scholarship Fund:
The following awards were made:
Andrew Anderson, Grand Canyon University, Master’s Degree: $10,000
Amy Dunaway, Whatcom Community College, Associate Degree: $3,000
The SJICF Scholarship Fund was established through generous donations to the San Juan Island Community Foundation to provide San Juan Island residents scholarships for community college, two-year college, four-year college or university, graduate school programs, or vocational/career programs.
John Volk Memorial Scholarship Fund: (A program of the San Juan Pilots Association)
The following award was made:
Levi Demaris, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University: $3,000
The John Volk Memorial Scholarship honors one of our finest citizens who served us all through his tireless volunteer service, both on the ground and in the air.
The Community Foundation serves as a nonprofit philanthropic umbrella organization helping donors, nonprofits and public organizations to achieve their goals through direct grants, organizational assistance and philanthropic resource management. For further information please contact us at PO Box 1352, Friday Harbor, WA 98250. The office is located in the Technology Center, 640 Mullis St. Friday Harbor; Phone 378-1001.
Although the Islands Museum of Art has been in existence for over 10 years and has been hosting outstanding art exhibitions, local artist showcases, and student art activities for islanders through those years, they had not found a satisfactory permanent home for their ongoing endeavors – until now. In June 2013, IMA purchased the building vacated by San Juan EMS when that organization moved into their new building further up Spring Street.
Hard-working and dedicated volunteers spent months crafting an ambitious and very workable plan to build a dedicated museum building on the former EMS site. A renowned local architect was engaged to design the new structure that will rise from the core EMS building and become a top-rate venue for local artist showcases, visiting exhibitions, art workshops, and incomparable educational opportunities for youth and adults. (continued below)
These pictures document the exciting transition from: old and tired EMS Building – to construction currently under way – to the finished building as portrayed in the rendering above. Completion date is targeted for mid-November 2014.
The Community Foundation is providing fund raising assistance to the efforts already under way and has created a dedicated Islands Museum of Art Fund. Donors can contribute to this fund which is invested for growth potential. Grants will then be requested by IMA as needs dictate.
Please join in the excitement by donating to the fund now. Also, pick up the phone and call Charlie Bodenstab, IMA Chair, at 378-3503 to request a personal tour of the construction site. His enthusiasm – and that of all IMA staff and volunteers — is wonderful to behold and is very catching!!
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