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73 Darke County Graduates Receive Scholarships

      The Darke County Foundation awarded $190,000 in scholarships to 73 area graduates from the class of 2023. The scholarship money comes from funds the Foundation establishes through donations from individuals, businesses and charitable organizations. Invested long-term, these funds generate a continuing source of income and maintain lasting legacies for years to come. Donors often honor family members or a special purpose by setting up funds with personalized names.

The following funds provided scholarship awards: Velma and Merlin Applegate Fund Tim Best/Ronnie Kreitzer Fund Robert and Iris Bolen Fund Harold and Betty Brewer Fund William and Rosalyn Brinley Family Fund Darke Co. Engineering/Science Fund Darke County Foundation Endowment Brian and Regina Delk Fund Wayne K. Detling Fund Kathleen Floyd Fund John S. and Mary L. Fourman Fund Alice and Wilbur Frantom Fund Kenneth J. Gibboney Fund Richard Graeff Family Fund Greenville National Bank Fund Jeanie and Jeff Hawley Fund Eleanor J. Hughes Fund John and Miriam Knick Fund Bob & Jan Lantz Miami Univ. Teacher Joseph R. Mills Fund Susan North Art Fund Norton Family 4-H Fund Gregory Olwine Arcanum Alumni Fund Pohl Transportation Fund Road Less Traveled Fund JC & Alice Schafer Fund Schipfer Family Fund Lois E. Snyder Fund Neil E. Stemley Fund John E. and Ella M. Stevenson Fund Edwin, Mac & Marguerite Stoltz Fund Steven Stucke Fund Jan and Jim Thomas Fund J. Howard Trump Art Fund Versailles Masonic Lodge Fund Paul C. and Helen D. Warner Fund Sarah Whittaker Fund Matthew Wuebker Fund Ryan Wulber Fund

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New Scholarship Honors Kathleen Floyd

     The Darke County Foundation has started a new scholarship fund in memory of (Mary) Kathleen Floyd of Greenville. Mrs. Floyd taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School, Greenville, for 23 years (1973-1995). She also taught at Edison State Community College as an adjunct professor for 19 years (1987-2006). She then served on the college’s board of directors.

     The scholarship is for a graduating senior from any Darke County high school who attended St. Mary’s Catholic School. Mrs. Floyd’s family established the scholarship to honor her legacy as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. As a permanent endowment, the fund will provide an award in Mrs. Floyd’s name every year. Her commitment to teaching, particularly language arts, reflected the value Mrs. Floyd placed on education.

     From 1960 through 1973, Mrs. Floyd wrote a weekly column, "All Around the House," in the Greenville Daily Advocate. Readers enjoyed her humorous stories of life with her husband Bill and their 8 children. From 1995 to 2020, Mrs. Floyd wrote "Back Around the House."
     Mrs. Floyd was active and dedicated to the Greenville community. She was elected to Greenville City Council in 1999 and served 3 terms. Mrs. Floyd also served on the boards of Family Health Services, Greenville CIC, Downtown Greenville, Inc., Community Action Partnership, the Boys and Girls Club, and Darke County Center for the Arts.

     The Darke County Foundation is proud to recognize Kathleen Floyd’s commitment to education with this scholarship that will be awarded annually.


Foundation Awards $195,000 in Grants

     The Darke County Foundation invited representatives from local non-profit organizations to its annual grant recognition program at Birchwood Training Center in Greenville. These organizations provide valuable services to Darke County residents, enriching and strengthening the well-being of our community.

     Money for the grants came from 29 donor-established funds, mostly permanent endowment funds that distribute investment income every year while maintaining the original gift amount. Grant money also came from the Friends of the Foundation Fund that is bolstered every year by hundreds of community supporters. Every dollar of Friends’ donations was used for these grants.



The following groups received funding from the Darke County Foundation: ACES School Anna Bier Gallery Ansonia Elementary School Ansonia United Methodist Church Arcanum High School Band Arcanum Preservation Society Bradford Village Schools Bradford Railroad Museum Brethren Retirement Community Bridges 2 College Cancer Association of Darke County Darke County Center for Arts Darke County Humane Society Darke County Parks Darke County Pregnancy Help Center Darke County Special Olympics Darke County United Way Darke County Weekday Christian Education Darke County YMCA DeColores Montessori School Empowering Darke County Youth EUM Church - Next Steps EverHeart Hospice Financial Assistance for Medical Emergencies Garst Museum Gateway Youth Good Stuff Foundation Grace Resurrection Community Center Greenville Community Unity Greenville Public Library Illumination Ministry Kinder Korner Preschool Miami Valley Boy Scouts New Madison Public Library Ohio Wave Fastpitch Academy Ronald McDonald House Dayton Shelter from Violence St. Mary's Church and School St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery - Willowdell St. Peter's Neurological Center The House that Lulu Built Tri Village Concert Band Tri Village Local Schools Upper Valley Career Center Aspire Versailles FFA Versailles Heritage Park Versailles Youth Sports VTown Tigers Wayne HealthCare Foundation YOLO of Darke County Youth for Christ Miami Valley

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