Originally formed as Selinsgrove Area Youth Foundation in 1994 by members of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club who wanted to provide scholarships to graduating Selinsgrove Area High School students, the foundation has grown over the years and was renamed in recognition of its broader mission to support nonprofit organizations in surrounding Valley communities.
The foundation has provided more than $100,000 in scholarships over the years and will continue to hand out scholarships to one Vo-Tech and three four-year college bound students each year while reaching out to a broader audience.
It also has helped fund community projects such as the Selinsgrove ice rink, KidsGrove, Selinsgrove and Middleburg public pools, Economic Pa and the Summer Seals Day Camp.
With assets of more than $600,000, the foundation is able to reach even further providing grants of up to about $1,000 to more nonprofit groups, said Michael Flock, president of the foundation.
“We’ve helped support many organizations, but there might be others that don’t know we’re a funding source,” he said. “It’s grown over the years and we’ve found the foundation is becoming an organization that can do good.”
Grant applications from tax-exempt organizations in the Selinsgrove and surrounding area will be accepted until March 22.
For more information about Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation or to obtain a grant application, visit www.csgiving.org and go to Affiliates and Funds. Grant applications should be mailed to foundation Treasurer John Fischer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Foundation board members are Flock; Fischer; Vice President Thomas Gates; Secretary Marvin Rudnitsky; Kendra Aucker; Art Bowen; Chad Cohrs; Julie Eriksson; Carol Handlan; L. Jay Lemons; Heather Rowe and Harold F. Woelfel Jr.