Funds Opened in Fiscal Year 2020
American Red Cross Ramey Motors Scholarship Fund – To award youth scholarships in recognition of the outstanding support for American Red Cross Blood Services in the Appalachian Region provided by regional high school student blood donors.
Ann R. Deitle Legacy Fund – This is an unrestricted fund made possible through a donor bequest that gives the Community Foundation the ability to meet emerging needs as it recognizes them.
Anonymous Fund – To provide for charitable causes as advised by donor.
Anthony Swalligan Memorial Fund – To provide support for activities and efforts aimed at helping to educate the community about the dangers of drug use.
Bedford County Upstanders Fund – To provide support for the Indivisible Upstanders of Bedford County and their efforts to create healing conversations and activities across borders and boundaries to promote diversity and inclusion.
Blackwell Fund – To provide support to charitable causes as advised by the donors.
Cambria County Human Trafficking Response Team Fund – To provide support for enabling the discovery of and response to incidents of human trafficking in Cambria County through a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, and collaborative community effort.
Caressa Kovalcik Memorial Fund – To provide support for children who have been adopted, live in foster care, or are being raised by a single mother or their grandparents, either through grants to non-profit organizations or scholarships to students.
Community Action Partnership of Cambria County Fund – To support the betterment of the lives of residents of Cambria County.
Community Crisis Fund – To provide support for individuals and organizations who have been impacted by a crisis situation that has taken place in the community.
Conemaugh Township Band Boosters Fund – To provide support for all efforts and activities of the Conemaugh Township Band.
COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund – To respond to the impact that the COVID-19 virus has made on our region and provide relief to the hardest-hit and most vulnerable members of our community.
Dalziel Donor Advised Fund – To provide support to charitable causes as advised by the donors.
Daniel & Marcia Glosser Memorial Gardens at Sandyvale Fund – To provide support for the creation and maintenance of the Daniel & Marcia Glosser Memorial Gardens at Sandyvale Memorial Gardens & Conservancy.
Dr. James E. Jensen Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors at North Star High School who have participated in the forensics program. If there are no eligible seniors, the scholarship award will be held for that year and two awards will be made available in the next school year.
Eastern Elevator-Irene Westover Memorial Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarships to families of full-time Eastern Elevator employees, in memory of founding mother Irene Westover.
Environmental Health Fellowships Fund – To support a pilot program to establish environmental health fellowships in the region.
Greg Glosser Donor Advised Fund – To provide support to charitable causes as advised by donors.
Harry Henderson Cornell Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for senior students at Blairsville High School attending any type of post-secondary education, including trade/technical schools and traditional colleges and universities. Two scholarships will be awarded each year at $15,000 each to students meeting certain geographic requirements and demonstrating a motivation to succeed and achieve their personal goals.
Hudnall Family Award Fund – To provide awards to an 8th grade boy and girl at United School District.
Iapalucci and Link Business Scholarship Fund – To provide $1,000.00 in scholarship support for graduating seniors at Penn Cambria High School who will be pursuing either a two- or four-year degree in a business-related program.
Indiana County Technology Center Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for technically skilled students attending Indiana County Technology Center.
Jamestown Rod and Gun Club Post-Secondary Education Award Fund – To provide scholarship support for a graduating high school senior from the mainline region of Cambria County. Eligible students will primarily attend Portage Area, Penn Cambria, Forest Hills and Bishop Carroll Catholic High Schools, but students who are home schooled or attend cyber/charter schools within those districts are also eligible to apply. Students must demonstrate a solid commitment to home, school, and community.
Jeff Maurer Memorial Award Fund – To recognize individuals in Somerset County who make a difference in their school or hometown. Award winners may be high school students, who will receive scholarships to be used in their post-secondary education, or adults, who will be able to direct the award to a nonprofit organization of their choice.
Jenner Community Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for a graduating senior from North Star High School who plans to pursue any type of post-secondary educational program, ranging from one to four years, who lives in the community of Jenners.
John A. Milavec Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for a graduating senior at Conemaugh Valley High School who will be attending a post-secondary institution to study either business- or education-related field.
Johnstown High School Class of 1969 Launch Fund – To provide support for Greater Johnstown School District and students participating in the high school vocational studies program to help meet the most critical needs of those students so that when they graduate they will have the ability to enter into their chosen profession fully prepared and ready to succeed.
Johnstown Pay It Forward – People Helping People Fund – To help support small businesses in our region during the COVID-19 pandemic by ordering food from a restaurant or other small business and having the food delivered to first responders, medical professionals, and others on the frontline fighting the virus.
Johnstown Slavic Festival Fund – To support all efforts and activities of the Johnstown Slavic Festival, an event created to promote Slavic heritage and education in the Greater Johnstown region.
Joseph J. Peles Memorial Scholarship Fund – To provide an annual scholarship which recognizes the value of hard work and dedication for a technically skilled senior student who has demonstrated above average performance in his/her selected trade. This scholarship will help ease the financial burden of starting out in life for one ICTC senior student.
Justice Belles of Bedford County Fund – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s rights to vote by providing education opportunities and heritage celebrations for the residents of Bedford County.
Kitty and Barry Tuscano Donor Advised Fund – To provide for charitable causes as advised by the donor.
Laina Haney Memorial Rifle Scholarship Fund – To provide award support for potential members of the Everett Sportsmen’s Junior Rifle Club members to join the Club and support weekly shooting fees.
Leslie Lehman-Clemenson Fund – To provide support for charitable causes as advised by the donors.
M.J. Miller Family Agricultural Heritage Fund – To provide support for historic preservation, rural life, and agricultural heritage across Western Pennsylvania.
Makayla’s Dream Scholarship Fund – To provide support for cosmetology students from low income families to obtain equipment and licenses required to enter into professional work.
Mark and Pam Miller Charitable Fund – To provide support for charitable causes as advised by the donors.
Ohio River Valley COVID-19 Response Fund – To support the COVID-19 response and provide short-term relief for those in crisis in our ex-urban, rural counties in the region
Ohio River Valley Institute Fund – To provide support in the Upper Ohio Valley region to support the development of programming around four key issues: Energy and Climate, Economic Vitality, Strategic Communications, and Democracy reform.
Operation Guardian Fund – To provide support for efforts that help police officers in a time of need and promote the field of law enforcement to youth.
Operation:BeYoutiful Fund – To support all efforts and activities of Operation:BeYoutiful, an organization that provides wigs to girls and women who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy or other medically-related hair loss conditions.
Otto and Carrie Scheib Memorial Fund – To provide support to charitable causes as advised by the donors. Upon the donors’ death, the fund will annually support the following non-profit organizations: First Lutheran Church, Salvation Army Johnstown Service Center, the Lutheran Home at Johnstown, Camp Sequanota, and the Rotary Foundation.
Play it Forward Fund – To supplement the renovations of playgrounds in the Greater Johnstown area.
Pride of Somerset County Fund – To provide support for programs that work to provide resources for and education about the LGBTQ+ population within Somerset County.
Rail City Pipes and Drums Fund – To provide support for Rail City Pipes and Drums, a musical group that works to foster and promote Scottish culture through performances and education in Blair, Cambria, Somerset, and Bedford counties and the surrounding area.
Rodney’s Brother Love Foundation Fund – To provide support for people living in Somerset County with an active medical diagnosis who are in financial need, with preference given to individuals residing in Meyersdale.
Ron Fisher African American History Educational Fund – To create opportunities for local students to learn and experience African American history first-hand, including supporting scholarship awards for post-secondary education.
Rotary Club of Johnstown Sunset Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for graduating seniors at Ferndale Area High School who have demonstrated a commitment to Rotary’s mission of service above self.
Saint Francis University COVID-19 PPE Project Fund – To support the production of personal protective equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with face shields using 3-D printed components. Any funds raised beyond what are needed to cover supplies for this project will be used to support students at Saint Francis University who engage in volunteer work in addition to their regular studies.
Salsgiver Family Scholarship Fund – To provide scholarship support for a graduating senior at Indiana Area High School who has been accepted into a post-secondary institution to study an allied health or science-related field. Students should have a GPA of at least 3.0.
School to Work Life Transition Award Fund – To provide awards to students graduating from the vocational department at Johnstown High School who are transitioning into the workforce.
SEADS of Love Fund – To help support the lives of local special needs adults by giving them the opportunity to have meaningful and sustainable employment.
Sidney Fund – To provide support for Somerset, Inc.; Children’s Aid Home Programs of Somerset County; Somerset County Community Fund; and animal welfare organizations in Somerset County.
SoCo Strong Fund – To support emergency responders and medical communities throughout the COVID-19 health crisis.
Somerset County Suicide Prevention Task Force Fund – To provide support for all efforts and activities of the Somerset County Suicide Prevention Task Force, which works to prevent suicide and reduce stigma within our community by offering prevention, intervention and postvention support, resources and trainings.
Somerset Walk of Hope Fund – To raise funds to help local cancer patients in need in Somerset County.
Torrance State Hospital Employee Wellness Program Fund – To provide employee physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness initiatives; offer employee wellness assistance programs; and obtain employee wellness grant opportunities.
Tri-Run Watershed Association Fund – To provide support for all efforts and activities of the Tri-Run Watershed Association, which encompasses region of the Blair Gap Run, Gillians Run, and Spencer Run Watersheds.
Voices of Hope Fund – To provide support for Voices of Hope’s mission of creating awareness about rape culture from the survivors of sexual violence in order to prevent sexual assault from occurring.
Wall That Heals Bedford County Fund – To support costs associated with transporting and displaying the Wall That Heals in Bedford County, a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.