Educators, If You See A Student Struggling…

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Washington County, OH – Washington County teachers, guidance counselors, and coaches are about to begin their new school term. For the next nine months, they will focus their attention on shaping the young minds in their care. This close interaction gives educators the ability to identify needs of their students; even if those needs are outside of the classroom.

When these needs are identified, Marietta Community Foundation wants our local educators to know we are a resource. Listed below are several funds dedicated to serving local youth who may not have the means they require for success 

  • Leola Booth Fund for Kids

Assists with medical care, dental care, shoes, and clothing for Washington County children

  • Euna Brown Fund to Aid School Children

Provides financial assistance to school children in the Marietta City School District.

  • Sarah Rebecca Warren Fund

Could assist with children’s medical expenses.

  • Joseph & Luada Wesel Foundation for Children in Washington County

Provides short-term health, welfare, and  educational resources not available through other sources to children in Washington County.

  • Jim Christy Fund for Kids

Helps meet needs, that are not being met by other charitable organizations, for children in Washington County.

If you are a local educator and know of a student who may benefit from these funds, please fill out an application available at your guidance office, or contact us directly at 740-373-3286.

Grants In Action: Hands On Experience

Washington County, OH – This past Spring, Marietta Community Foundation gave away over $100k in grants - the most given in a single cycle in its 45-year history. As a local funder for organizations and charitable causes in Washington County, the Foundation works to diversify the gifts they give out each year. By diversifying its gifts, the Foundation ensures the needs in our area are being met in a variety of ways.

One of those ways includes giving children opportunities to learn through hands-on experiences. Educational development for children and youth is vital to the success of our community, and it is an important topic to the Foundation and its donors. Fortunately, the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle yielded several opportunities to enrich the lives of children and youth in Washington County through different programs of local nonprofits.

The Foundation would like to highlight a few of the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle recipients who are striving to enrich the lives of children in our region:

Photo Provided by Tasha Werry

Photo Provided by Tasha Werry

Photo Provided By: Tasha Werry

Photo Provided By: Tasha Werry

Building Youth Through Making is an ongoing program through the Building Bridges to Careers Makerspace. This program allows local youth to become immersed in innovative technology to create objects and enhance creative capabilities.

“Part of our mission includes connecting students to community networks and providing them experiences that can help shape their future,” said Dr. Tasha Werry, BB2C Executive Director. “We work on youth, career, and community development.”

Another program that received funds in the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle, was Marietta College’s Summer Reading Camp Program. This program gives elementary-aged children a hands on opportunity to develop their reading capabilities and communication skills. Through reading, children are able to cultivate their imagination by flipping through a few pages.

“Funds from the Marietta Community Foundation helped to provide tuition for over half of the children who attended the three-week reading camp,” said Dr. Dottie Erb, Marietta College Education Department. “These were children whose families would not have otherwise been able to send them, and each reading camper left camp with a collection of books that had been hand-selected for them based on reading level and interest areas.”

Picture Provided by Dottie Erb

Picture Provided by Dottie Erb

The Ohio State University Extension of Washington County partnered with River City Farmer’s Market to provide a unique experience for children - the Junior Farmer’s Market. This program is being implemented to help children and their families establish healthy lifestyles and encourage contributions to our local economy. This fall, fourth grade students from six local elementary schools will be given $5 each to purchase fresh produce from local vendors to take home to their families.

“The farmers market is a fun and exciting social event,” said Marcus McCartney, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator at OSU Extension. “The goal of the Junior Farmers Market is to give students an opportunity to experience this excitement and associate it with fruits and vegetables to establish long-term healthy, local future consumers.”

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Pictures Provided By Marcus McCartney

Pictures Provided By Marcus McCartney

The Foundation is privileged to partner with these and many other organizations. For the full list of projects that were funded, please click here.

“MCF is approachable,” said Werry. “Heather [President & CEO of the Foundation] invites community organizations to come to them with funding ideas. MCF is very much a part of this county and the communities within it, and wants to support the work of all non-profits and other organizations in the area.”

If you are a part of a nonprofit organization or charity and would like to apply for funding for an upcoming project, the 2019 Fall Grant cycle’s deadline is October 1st. Applications can be found here.

Marietta Community Foundation supports many causes focused on children and youth educational development, if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or

Meet the Board - Roland "Chips" Riggs


Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Roland “Chips” Riggs, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member.

Mason Beuhring: How did you end up in Marietta?

Roland “Chips” Riggs: My parents are from Marietta and I grew up here, so I consider this home. I was away when I went off to college and law school, but then I came back here because I thought it was a good community in which to live and raise children. It was also a place where I could get a good professional start in practicing law.

MB: What kind of law did you practice?

RCR: I was the law director for the City of Marietta for 38 years and I had a private law practice in addition to that. I also did a little part-time teaching in the Economics & Business Department at Marietta College.

MB: Where did you attend school after graduating from Marietta?

RCR: For my undergrad, I attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. I was in the School of Foreign Affairs, studying economics, government, and history. For law school, I went to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

MB: As a professional who has practiced law for a great span of time, what advice would you give to someone who is entering law school?

RCR: In most law schools, the first year curriculum is already established and there aren’t any electives for you to choose. If possible, I recommend you do an internship or work as a clerk at a law firm in your first year so that you can make a determination about what areas of law interest you. Then you can choose good electives to learn from in the second and third years of study.

MB: So how did you get involved with the Foundation?

RCR: My first involvement was back when Bill Thompson was the Chairman of the Board, and it’s been so long I don’t even know if I could put a decade on it! I think it was back in the 1980s, but he had contacted me to do one or two minor things. That brought the Foundation into my thinking and then I had a couple of clients in the course of estate planning make gifts to the Foundation, which I think is a wonderful thing to do.

Later I was contacted by Eric Erb and Doug Robinson about serving on the Board and here I am!

MB: You entered retirement after spending close to 40 years serving this community as the city’s Law Director. The general assumption with retirement is that it is time to sit back and relax, but you have chosen to use this time to continue serving this community. What inspired you to utilize your time in this way?

RCR: I don’t think it’s good, when you retire, to just sit at home. I think if you have talents, and I’m not sure that I have any, then you have an obligation to do what you can. If there is some benefit to be gained from my perspective or what I bring to the Board room, then that’s great.

MB: In my short time with the Foundation, one thing that has stuck out to me, about you, is that you are very calm and collected. You’re very wise, you are slow to speak, but when you do speak it is always worthwhile.

I have also observed a lighter-hearted side to your personality. So what are some hobbies you enjoy when the situation is less serious?

RCR: I like to read, I play a below-average game of golf, and I enjoy hiking. My friend, Ed Lane, and I travel around to go hiking, but we mainly stay in West Virginia and parts of Ohio. We like to stay close to home, so we typically don’t go more than a two-hour drive.

My wife and I also like to travel and visit our son and daughter.

MB: You mentioned reading is a favorite hobby, do you have any favorite authors?

RCR: I’ve had a number over the years, but my reading choices are fairly eclectic. For novels, most recently I have been reading novels by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese author who wrote 1Q84 and Killing Commendatore. For something that is more on the intellectual side, there is an Israeli historian named Yuval Noah Harari. He wrote a book called 21 Lessons From the 21st Century that I thought was excellent. It really made me think about the world we live in and how we should approach it in our daily lives.

One of the lessons in his book, I think, makes what we do at the Foundation meaningful and important. I’m paraphrasing, but he believes that we have an obligation to help one another through life… that life is not always easy and that we do what we can to help others.

MB: How do you see that philosophy influence the work you do with the Foundation?

RCR: That philosophy represents what the Foundation is all about... helping others. I don’t ever think it’s a bad thing to help others.

MB: With that in mind, has there been a particular project, funded by the Foundation, that you have enjoyed?

RCR: I don’t think I could name a favorite project. To me, there are many worthwhile applicants and the Foundation has limited resources. So the challenge is in striking a balance between immediate needs, like food, clothing, and shelter, and long-range needs, like education or economic development.

MB: Chips, I appreciate you coming in to speak with me!

RCR: Absolutely.

Washington County Highlights - Lower Salem

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Lower Salem for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Tri-County Food Pantry with our MCF Dominion Resources Food Pantry Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.



  • Salem Township purchase of a pole saw

  • Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department in the purchase of:

  • Breathing Bottles

    • Thermal Imager

    • Ambulance Cot

    • Lifeline ARM Automated Chest Compression Device

Grants in Action: Empowering Through Capital Expenses

Washington County, OH – Nonprofits are vital to the health and well-being of Washington County. Each organization brings unique skills and solutions to meet the many needs in our community, but the constant eb-and-flow that accompanies the life of a nonprofit organization can become daunting. The daily tasks, the paperwork, and securing resources can seem to be a distraction from the organization’s main mission.

In our Spring 2019 Grant Cycle, Marietta Community Foundation sought to alleviate these types of burdens for several organizations in Washington County. By granting funds for capital expenses, the Foundation has empowered these groups to channel their focus toward their individual goals.

“Although at first glance, capital expense projects may not seem ‘exciting’ or ‘eye-catching,’ but when you take a closer look, you realize just how important they are,” said Heather Allender, CEO & President of Marietta Community Foundation. “By granting to these organizations we give them the chance to take a breath… We are empowering them and I think that is pretty ‘exciting.’”

The Foundation would like to highlight a few of the 2019 Spring Grant Cycle recipients, who work tirelessly to change lives in our community:

The first responders at Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department received funding to purchase Automated Chest Compression Devices. These devices allow first responders to focus their attention on potentially life saving techniques while CPR is still being administered in an emergency medical situation. ACCD’s are becoming popular in rural areas where populations are significant distances from local hospitals.

“Our department approached MCF not only because of their great reputation, but because of the wonderful people that are behind this organization,” said Marcella Fleming. “[Their] members seem to understand the times and trials that EMS/Fire personnel face in today’s society.”

The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County has made tremendous strides in their programs, and now they focus their attention toward improving their facilities. Due to structural deficiencies, their gym is a large space they are unable to use, but with the help of the Foundation, and other donors, they are now one step closer to renovating this space to build healthier lives.

“We serve youth in the MOV and we currently have no indoor activity space,” said Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County. “Building a gym in the Harmar area of town brings a gym accessible year round to a low income area. MCF is very supportive of the community, growth initiatives and local non-profits.”

Picture provided by Boys & Girls club of Washington County, Future indoor activity space

Picture provided by Boys & Girls club of Washington County, Future indoor activity space


Peoples Bank Theatre provides our region with unique entertainment throughout the year. Though the renovations in years past have restored the theatre to its former glory, there are still maintenance struggles when dealing with a building over 100 years old. The Foundation was able to eliminate some of these struggles in our recent grant cycle.

“The upkeep of working with an old building is always something my staff and I focus on and it can take a lot of our attention,” said Hunt Brawley, Executive Director of Peoples Bank Theatre. “This grant lifts a burden off of our shoulders and allows us to focus on providing our patrons with quality entertainment.”

The Foundation is privileged to partner with these and many other organizations. For the full list of projects that were funded, please click here.

If you are a part of a nonprofit organization or charity and would like to apply for funding for an upcoming project, the 2019 Fall Grant cycle’s deadline is October 1st. Applications can be found here.

Marietta Community Foundation assists with many causes focused on supporting local nonprofits and charities , if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286, email us at, or click the button below to give online.

Washington County Highlights - Lowell

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Lowell, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the L.A.M.B. Lowell Food Pantry. We also serve as manager and distributor for the Buell Park Perpetual Care Fund and the Lowell Moose Lodge 2382 Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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  • Lowell Elementary School playground equipment

  • Renovations on the Strait Run School to support local art initiatives

  • Radios for first responders located in Lowell

  • Repairs to the Lowell Village Pool

  • Funding for lamp posts in Buell Park

Meet the Board - Kin Brewer


Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Kin Brewer, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member. 

Mason Beuhring: So, Kin, before we sat down here, you showed me a few pictures of the businesses you have either owned or still own. What inspired you to become a small business owner?

Kin Brewer: Well, I grew up in Memphis, TN and my dad was a small business owner. He was in the drive-in restaurant business, what would be considered “fast-food” today. It was a hamburger restaurant called “Filler Burger,” and when I was eight years old I started cooking fries for him.

MB: At eight years old, working a fry station, you decided you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

KB: Maybe not at 8, but I think when I was 12 -14 years old I decided I wanted to be in some kind of business, just not the hamburger business. Of course, by that time I had graduated from the fry station to flipping the burgers!

I worked for my dad and got into the business routine. I learned how business worked, so by the time I was going to go to college I chose to major in Accounting and Finance. I wanted to get a solid background of understanding how the numbers worked; thinking I would want to be in business after I got out of college.

I worked a few years, after college, as a controller in the oil and gas industry in Dallas, Texas. I also worked in the professional photographic business as a controller for an advertising agency. In the 1980’s, my father-in-law, who was in the grocery business here in Marietta, hired me to come up here and take over his accounting. He had four stores, so I consolidated all of his accounting into one corporate office and took care of the administration.

My father-in-law ended up passing away in 1998, and my wife and I had the opportunity to buy those grocery stores out of his estate. We took that opportunity and continued to expand and that’s what has brought us to where we are today.

MB: You mentioned you decided to study accounting and finance in college. Where did you get your degree from?

KB: I went to Harding College, of course now it is Harding University. It is in a little town called Searcy, AK.

During the semesters I lived there and then during the summers I would move back home to Memphis. My mom and dad were nice enough to pay for my college, but I always had to have my own spending money. So during the summer I would work two or three part-time jobs to have spending money throughout the year.

I would work at the restaurant in the evenings from 4 pm to midnight, then get up the next morning at 6 am to work construction through the day-time. My dad also had a side business running bulldozers, graders, and back hoes for different projects; so, in between my shifts, I would take freelance jobs doing that kind of work.

MB: Outside of the busy life associated with owning a business, do you have any hobbies?

KB: My wife and I have a camper, so we like to travel around to various locations. We go camping all over, but we really enjoy camping in Ohio; places like Salt Fork and Amish Country. Aside from traveling and camping, I do a little shooting. I’m a member of the Harmar Hill Rifle Club.

MB: Having over 40 years working and owning small business, what advice would you give to someone wanting to establish a small business today?

KB: If you want to start a small business you need to stay on top of the information required by the government; whether it’s Federal, State, or local governments. That has so many ramifications on small business today. You have to not only provide the product or service to your customers, but you also have to be able to handle all of the laws, regulations, policies, and procedures placed upon you by the different government agencies.

It’s unbelievable what has been piled on to small business owners since I started 40 years ago. I spend a large portion of my time in the realm of handling the ongoing requirements the laws have placed on my businesses.

That would be my key advice to anyone looking to start their own business.

MB: How did you get involved with the Foundation?

KB: When I was asked to serve on the board, I had known about the Foundation for years. I was thrilled to death when I was asked if I was interested. I had served on many boards over the years and I value what the Foundation does in this community.

What better things can you do than to not just give away money, but also have a truly great purpose and reason to give away money? It just really makes me feel good.

MB: In your opinion, what is the best part about serving on MCF’s Board of Directors?

KB: One thing that has always impressed me about the Foundation is that anyone can set-up their own fund and decide the parameters of how it is used. It is so interesting to me to see what our donors care about. It’s neat that not everyone focuses on the same thing.

The best part about being on the board is participating in the oversight of how those funds are used and making sure the grants go to causes important to our donors. I really take a great deal of pride in making decisions based on the perception of the donor.

MB: Kin, thank you. It was a pleasure getting to sit down and find out more about you.

KB: The pleasure is all mine.

Reading Between the Lines: The Generosity of Local Donors

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Photo Credit: Picsea

Washington County, OH – Time and again the Board of Directors and Staff of Marietta Community Foundation are humbled by the generosity of our community. Whether it is through the sharing of time and/or resources, members of Washington County strive to exceed the needs of others when they arise.

In March, the Foundation released a story to encourage new and/or existing donors to support 19 local children who were waiting their turn to become a member of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Through an influx of donations from community members, the Foundation was able to register the 19 children on the waiting list and an additional 10 children who signed up after the original story was published.

“These 29 newly-registered children will now enjoy the excitement of receiving a new book each month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation. “Our donors made that possible.”

With these 29 new registrations, the Foundation now supports 81 local children through our partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Children who register through the Foundation receive a free book sent to them from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in the mail each month. The book service program began in 1995 but soon expanded to a global entity in the following years.

In 2017, with support from The Owen Family Memorial Fund, the Foundation entered into an affiliation with the book service to increase early educational development for local children.

“Reading is so important for children of any age,” said a local parent whose children are new recipients, “it allows their imagination to continue to grow and thrive, which is why I think this program is phenomenal.”

Registrations continue to come in, so if you are interested in sponsoring children for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program or other programs that engage local children and youth, please contact Heather Allender at

Legacies Live Forever: The Short Family

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Allen and Nancy Short - Photo provided by Short Family

Washington County, OH – May 28, 2019, marked an incredible lifetime achievement for two individuals who have had a profound impact in Washington County. Last month, Allen and Nancy Short celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary, and in those 64 years they have influenced thousands of lives together.

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Allen became an educator. He would go on to spend the majority of his career as Principal of Warren Local High School after his family relocated in the 1970’s. Nancy was also a school teacher who predominantly spent her career teaching 6th graders at Little Hocking Elementary. Collectively, Allen and Nancy spent 63 years inspiring students, which included their four sons: Rodney, Darrell, Andrew, and Ken.

All four brothers were able to experience their formative years with their dad right by their side both at home and at school. For some, having a father as their principal would seem like a living nightmare, but for the Short men this was not the case.

“There might have been some tension once or twice,” laughed Ken Short, “but it was all a growth opportunity. My brothers and I are extremely proud of the decades and the thousands of students they impacted as an elementary school teacher and high school Principal at Warren Local.” The partnership that Allen and Nancy shared would be an “overarching guide” for their sons’ lives.

Tragically, while in his twenties, Darrell past away due to illness. Despite the loss of their brother, the remaining siblings rallied together to ensure that Darrell’s legacy was never forgotten. In 2004 Rodney, Andrew, and Ken Short created the Warren Local Schools Technology Fund through Marietta Community Foundation. This fund was established to memorialize their late brother and honor their parents’ efforts in the Warren area.

“When we created the fund, we thought ‘in the future, where will students need the capacity to grow,’” said Ken. “We believed that would be through technology.”

All of the proceeds from this fund go to Warren Local Schools because of the dedication Allen and Nancy demonstrated in their careers, but the technological component of the fund celebrates Darrell’s life.

After graduating from Ohio State University, Darrell began a career at IBM during the technological boom in the 1980’s. Prior to falling ill, Darrell worked for IBM for roughly 6 years and in that time motivated his family to embrace technological advancements.

Much like other aspects of the Short family, they took this motivation and found a way to share it with others. Since 2010 the Warren Local Schools Technology Fund has contributed almost $76,500 to various projects in the district, with their most recent funding project being allocated to Warren Middle School. This project will equip the middle school with a state of the art Wi-Fi system, costing over of $17,600.

If you would like to leave a legacy or honor someone else’s legacy, please contact Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation at

Washington County Highlights - Devola

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Devola, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Jane Case Memorial Fund for Devola VFD, the Devola Multi-Use Trail Maintenance Fund, the East Muskingum Civic Association Fund for Devola, and the Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area Fund. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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  • Broughton Nature & Wildlife Education Area

    Provided support for the Elizabeth Sugden Building

  • Devola Multi-Use Trail

    Funded asphalt sealing project for the trail

  • East Muskingum Civic Association

    Granted funds to renovate the tennis court and improve playground

  • Marietta Soccer League

    Provided resources for soccer field repair, soccer field completion, and new goals

MCF Gives Up To $322,000 in Scholarships to Local Students

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Photo Credit: Vasily Koloda

Washington County, OH – In the past several weeks, Washington County high school seniors dawned their caps and gowns, received their diplomas while their families cheer, and moved their tassels from right to left, signifying a great achievement. During these ceremonies, almost 50 of these students walked across their school’s stage with an added confidence.

Marietta Community Foundation has awarded 44 scholarships to 49 local students in the past several weeks. The Foundation has already awarded over $145,000 in scholarships, including past recipients who have renewed their previously won scholarships.

This past January, the Foundation announced they had received the largest bequest in their 45 year history from the estate of Adriann “Arie” Janssens. According to Arie’s wishes, the majority of this bequest was to be used to set up a scholarship fund in memory of his late wife Carol Christy. The Carol Christy Scholarship is able to cover up to 50% of a recipients total tuition cost.

This year, several students were inducted into the Foundation’s history by being the first recipients of The Carol Christy Scholarship. While the exact amount has yet to be determined, this scholarship could add an additional $177,000 in scholarships; bringing the Foundation’s potential award total to over $322,000.

Ana-Sophia Beardsley, Carol Christy Scholarship and Jolene Craig Journalism Scholarship  Photo Provided by Ana-Sophia Beardsley

Ana-Sophia Beardsley, Carol Christy Scholarship and Jolene Craig Journalism Scholarship

Photo Provided by Ana-Sophia Beardsley

Madi Moore, Carol Christy Scholarship, Myra P. Berg Scholarship, and Kevin O’Brien Kelly Memorial Scholarship  Photo Provided by Madi Moore

Madi Moore, Carol Christy Scholarship, Myra P. Berg Scholarship, and Kevin O’Brien Kelly Memorial Scholarship

Photo Provided by Madi Moore

2019 Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Abigail Werry

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Ana-Sophia Beardsley

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

  • Jolene Craig Journalism Scholarship

Andrea Siders

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Andrew Rauch

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

Austin Offenberger

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Bailey Harlow

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

  • *Warren Local Education Association Future Educator Scholarship*

Brookelyn Heiss

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Caileigh Moore

  • Faustena “Frosty” Haas Health Care Scholarship

  • Trae DeVolld Memorial Scholarship

Colby Sleek

  • Terry Huck Memorial Scholarship

  • Nancy A. Miller Memorial Scholarship

Derek Duckworth

  • John McCracken Memorial Scholarship

  • Charlie Spindler Athletic Memorial Scholarship

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Derek Joy

  • Magnum Manufacturing Scholarship

Diamond Decker

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Grace Arnold

  • Noon Lion’s Club Scholarship

  • Edwin V. Pugh Memorial Scholarship

Haley Davis

  • Art Fordham Memorial Scholarship

Halle Richards

  • James S. & Brenda A. Measell Scholarship

Hope Miracle

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Hunter Gilbert

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Jace Ward

  • The Mt. Moriah 506 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship

Jared Farnsworth

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

  • Charles D. Fogel, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Justin Fouty

  • Edwin “Jack” Haas Memorial Scholarship

Julianna Bottomley

  • Peoples Employee Scholarship

Kaitlyn Engle

  • Edward Parrish Scholarship

Kaleigh West

  • Mellissa Ann Weckbacher Memorial Scholarship

Kaylee Ullman

  • David C. Barrett Memorial Scholarship

Kennedy Schuck

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Kristen Winstanley

  • Frontier Ag Science Scholarship

Kristyn Villarta

  • Lisa Marie Wesel Memorial Scholarship

Leah Wietrzykowski

  • Stanton W. Brock Memorial Scholarship

  • Warren E. Offenberger Scholarship

Leilani Lieras-Kelly

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

Lexi Mullen

  • Carpe Diem Scholarship

Luke Nelson

  • Greg Schilling Memorial Scholarship

  • Elks #477 Scholarship

Madi Moore

  • Myra P. Berg Scholarship

  • Kevin O’Brien Kelly Memorial Scholarship

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Maggie Gottfried

  • Noon Lion’s Club Scholarship

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Makayla Feldner

  • Trae DeVolld Memorial Scholarship

Matt Semon

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

  • Greg Schilling Memorial Scholarship

Matthew Goodman

  • Marietta Soccer League Scholarship

Morgan Connolly

  • Connect to Success Scholarship

Nadine Oliver

  • Carol Christy Scholarship

Natalie Brooks

  • Mark C. Studenic Memorial Scholarship

Nathan Bennett

  • Pete & Laura Pannier Scouting Scholarship

  • Penelope “Penny” J. Passavant Academic Scholarship

Nicholas Oliver

  • Peoples Employee Scholarship

Rachel Adams

  • The Mt. Moriah 506 Order of the Eastern Star Scholarship

Rachel Baumgard

  • Anna Laura Masters Memorial Scholarship

  • Howard & Molly Varner Scholarship

Shayla Honaker

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

Sierra Bayless

  • Conlan Opportunity Award

  • Charles D. Fogel, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Tia Jarvis

  • Anderson-Stage Scholarship Award

Tim Grosel

  • Dr. Richard Hille Scholarship For Medical Students

Tyler Hartline

  • Marie Adamson Senior Scholarship

Wyatt Miracle

  • Charlie Spindler Athletic Memorial Scholarship

Applicants submitted their scholarship application packets by the April 5th deadline. Depending on the scholarship, students had to provide academic information, financial information, and write multiple essays. Once the Foundation compiled all of the application packets, committees and funders determined who would be awarded each scholarship.

MCF Grants Most Money For A Single Cycle In 45-Year History

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Washington County, OH – Marietta Community Foundation has reached another milestone this year by awarding over $130,000 to local nonprofit organizations. This amount is the largest sum given to organizations in a single grant cycle in the Foundation’s 45-year history.

“This is truly exciting to experience,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “This is another record we have broken in 2019 and it is all thanks to our donors, Board of Directors, and our staff. Their hard work and generosity are changing Washington County in major ways.”

Eighteen applicants will be awarded grants, in various amounts, from the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle. Recipients of these grants include local charities, local non-profits, and community projects all across Washington County and the surrounding area.

2019 Spring Grant Cycle Recipients:

-   Betsey Mills Club

-   Boys & Girls Club of Washington County

-   Broughton Foundation

-   Building Bridges to Careers

-   Children’s Toy and Doll Museum

-   Christian Youth in Action, Inc.

-   Friends of the Museums, Inc.

-   Hippodrome Colony Historical Theatre Association

-   Marietta Children’s Choir

-   Marietta College – Nonprofits Lead

-   Marietta College – Summer Reading Camp

-   Marietta Sluggers

-   Ohio State University Extension – Washington County

-   Palmer Township

-   Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio

-   Salem Township Volunteer Fire Department

-   Washington County Career Center

-   Williamstown Elementary PTA

“This grant will help fund the automation of our outdoor industrial training facility,” said Dr. Tony Huffman, Director of the Adult Technical Training Program at Washington County Career Center, “WCCC is extremely grateful to MCF for their continued support of our project!”

“The award from MCF will help push our project forward and help us complete the building on time,” said Nancy Broughton, with The Broughton Foundation. The Broughton Foundation applied for grant funding to use in the construction of the Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building located on the Broughton Nature and Wildlife Education Area. This building will be open for individuals and organizations in the community to use for various activities including meetings, training, and other programs.

Applicants submitted their proposal packets for the Foundation’s 2019 Spring Grant Cycle by April 1st. The Foundation’s Board of Directors and staff conducted research and site visits for multiple weeks leading up to the final approvals, determined by the Allocations Committee.

Grant recipients will often receive a combination of grants from the foundation’s unrestricted funds and donations from active donors who utilize the Foundation’s management and distribution services.

If you are involved with a local nonprofit, a local charity, or have an upcoming community project, please consider applying for the Foundations 2019 Fall Grant Cycle. The application deadline is October 1st, please click the button below for more information.

Meet the Board - Mike Buell

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Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Mike Buell, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member.


Mason Beuhring: So Mike, let’s start off by you telling me a bit about yourself.

Mike Buell: I grew up in Marietta. My dad was a Speech professor at Marietta College until 1976 and then he left to be Dean of Wilmington College.

Since my dad was a professor I took advantage of the tuition waiver and attended Marietta College. After that I went on to The University of Toledo for law school and then came back to Marietta to practice law until the end of 2015.

Mason: What kind of law did you focus on?

Mike: Well, we had a small firm. I was on my own for a while, but I and three colleagues decided to join forces. Eventually, it went down to two, me and Dennis Sipe. I handled almost all of the domestic relations, but I also focused on estate planning, real estate, and oil & gas.

Mason: A few months ago, the Foundation collaborated with a few organizations to help bring a supply of extra food to local food pantries. One of the organizations we collaborated with was Harvest of Hope, an organization where you are a weekly volunteer. What other organizations do you volunteer with?

Mike: I have volunteered quite a bit ever since I came back from law school 30 years ago. I was on boards for a lot of organizations that aren’t even around anymore. Currently, in addition to Harvest of Hope, I have been a 30 plus year member of the Lion’s Club; I’m very active in that.

Mason: A lot of people view retirement as a time to kick back, relax, and take it easy. Why did you choose to spend your retirement volunteering?

Mike: If you stop working 40 hours a week that is a major segment of your time. I never wanted to look at retirement and say ‘now I get to stop working and focus on what I want to do, when I want to do it.’ That shouldn’t be about what life is. My dad and mom were always service oriented and so it has always been natural.

It gives you a broader perspective on life and lets you know what is going on in your community. I feel connected with this community the more I get involved with different things.

I also volunteer up at the prison in Noble County. We take a 12 step program into the prison for the inmates. I serve on the board for Habitat for Humanity, and I’m the Local Sending Coordinator for American Field Service, which is a high school student foreign exchange program. That is how I came to have a scholarship set-up through the Foundation to help find students to go abroad. Many students don’t have the assets to go abroad and so we are trying to help stimulate that.

Mason: And that scholarship is the Felicia Buell Year Abroad Scholarship which helps local students experience a year immersed in a different culture?

Mike: Yes, my sister, Felicia, loved to travel. Speaking from experience, if there are any Marietta High School students who would be interested in studying abroad this would be a great opportunity.

I was an exchange student in high school. At 17 years old I flew to New York, was put on a plane with a bunch of other students, flew overseas to Norway, and lived in a home with people I didn’t know who spoke a language I didn’t speak. Things like that give you confidence.

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Mason: Outside of volunteering do you have any hobbies?

Mike: My wife and I travel quite a bit. Three times in the last six or seven years we have driven west for three weeks or more. We take back roads and go up and down the Rocky Mountains.

We have been to Scotland, Norway, Ireland, Curacao, and Costa Rica. This year, in one trip, we are going to Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Prague, Budapest, Lake Bled, South Tyrol in Italy, and Lake Como. We booked it ourselves and it should take a little over a month!

Mason: Is there a specific location that has been your favorite so far?

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Geirangerfjord, Norway

Mike: We have been back to Norway since I was a student and, as I mentioned before, we are going back again. When I was an exchange student there, I lived on the Southeastern side and people didn’t travel much back then. So when we went back we drove through the Western Fjords [pronounced fee-yord-s]. There is a place above the town of Geiranger, and it is about one-mile high and roughly one-mile from the end of the Geirangerfjord. It is absolutely unbelievable to stand there looking out over the mountain tops of Norway, and yet one mile straight down is the end of the fjord, which is ocean level.

Mason: With this being your first year serving on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, how has your experience been thus far?

Mike: It’s been very good. I’m very impressed by how involved the board members are. Frankly, the level of intelligence on this board is pretty high! I’m impressed by some of the discussions that go on. You hear the kind of things that show a long term commitment to the community.

Mason: Is there is one thing you would like people to know about the Foundation, what would that be?

Mike: The amount of things the Foundation supports to make Washington County attractive and vibrant. In all the travels I do, I see the decline in ‘Small Town America.’ I think the Foundation does a great job in making the county more attractive for people to want to come here.

Grants in Action: Keeping Kids on the Right Path

Over 100 students enjoy a presentation during their lunch.

Over 100 students enjoy a presentation during their lunch.

Washington County, OH – Marietta Community Foundation has the pleasure of supporting local organizations and causes during our annual grant cycles. In 2018 we awarded a number of grants to various organizations who strive to change Washington County for the better. One of these grant recipients has already put their funding to great use.

Right Path is an organization that focuses on promoting healthy youth development by reducing and preventing youth substance abuse and offering community service activities. To accomplish this goal, Right Path offers youth and their families events and activities that drive their overall mission.


“We work to engage youth and give them something positive to do,” said Cathy Harper, Right Path Coordinator for Washington County. “We help them realize that they are all future leaders.”

The Foundation awarded Right Path a grant for a workshop which took place this past Friday: The Young Women and Men of Promise Leadership Workshop. During this workshop young women and men experienced motivational presentations and collaborated with their peers to find means of dealing with current issues they face on a daily basis. They were also given the chance to interact with local community leaders and mentors over the course of the workshop.

While the focus of this event is on leadership, Right Path also wants to show local youth that Washington County is their home and they are valued here.

“We have a disparity in age in this community,” said Cathy, “we want to keep our young people and help them know that they are a part of the community.”

Marietta Community Foundation is a proud supporter of Right Path and the work members of this organization accomplish with local youth. “Right Path does a wonderful job in promoting healthy lifestyles, helping youth establish a foundation of service in Washington County, and equipping our local youth to be leaders,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of the Foundation. “The activities and events they put on are instrumental in many young lives.”

Marietta Community Foundation supports many causes focused on youth development, if you are interested in partnering with one of these projects, please contact Heather Allender at 740-373-3286 or

Grants in Action: Assisting Physician Assistants


Marietta, OH – Though our community may be small in size, the 8.75 square miles that comprise Marietta, OH, is large in tenacity. A distinct characteristic of our city is the ability to leverage resources to influence our future development.

On April 24th, 2019, Marietta College’s Physician Assistant Program and its students celebrated its 101st in-class session with their own ultrasound machine. This machine was purchased in 2018 after the PA Program was awarded a collaborative grant from Marietta Community Foundation and Memorial Health Foundation.

“We are proud to be a part of this triumphant moment,” said Heather Allender, President & CEO of Marietta Community Foundation. “Projects such as this have a direct impact on these students’ professional development, their education, and the patients they will serve in the future.”

“…roughly 25% of each graduating class stay in close proximity to Marietta.”

“…roughly 25% of each graduating class stay in close proximity to Marietta.”

According to the PA Program’s data, almost 70% of their graduates continue their professional careers in Ohio and/or the Appalachian region and roughly 25% of each graduating class stay in close proximity to Marietta.

Prior to being awarded the grant, the program’s students were only able to interact with ultrasound equipment at limited intervals due to time constraints and availability. Now, after reaching this milestone, current students are able to gain the essential experience needed to develop their educational and professional careers.

“The extra time with the machine was quite evident in the skills the students demonstrated,” wrote John Grosel, MD, after observing students during the Spring 2019 assessment portion of the ultrasound curriculum. “In short [this grant] has been put to good use.”

Currently, the Foundation is underway with its 2019 Spring Grant Cycle. All grants are given due diligence by the Foundation’s Board and Staff. If you have an upcoming project in Washington County and would like to potentially receive funding, please refer to the Foundation website:

Washington County Highlights - Cutler, OH

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Cutler, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports Tri-County Food Pantry from the MCF Dominion Resources Food Pantry Fund. We also serve as manager and distributor for the Howard and Molly Varner Scholarship Fund which supports educational activities in the area. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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  • Cutler Elementary School

  • Fairfield Township

  • Decatur Community Association

  • Wesley Township Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.

Students Set Record For Most Scholarship Applications In Foundation’s History

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Marietta, OH – For many communities around the world, the transition from winter to spring symbolizes new beginnings. For the Marietta Community Foundation, spring doesn’t just bring about new weather patterns, but it marks the beginning of another year for making a difference in the Washington County community.

In last year’s scholarship cycle, the Foundation received close to 300 scholarship applications. However, this 2019 scholarship cycle yielded 467 total submissions: over a 150 application increase. The Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff take this increase as a sign that the organization is building positive momentum.

“We are barely into the 2019 and already the Foundation has reached multiple milestones,” said Heather Allender, President and CEO of the Foundation. “We hired a third full-time staff person, we announced our largest bequest the Foundation has ever received at the beginning of the year, and now we have received the largest number of scholarship applications, for a single cycle, in our history.”

Several individuals, including Dr. Bret Frye of Frye Orthodontics and Chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, cited several factors which may have led to this increase.

“I believe the greater than 50% increase in applications is indicative multiple factors. Soaring education costs, savvy students aggressively pursuing opportunities, and the marketing created by the Foundation’s staff: Heather Allender, Brittani Merritt, and Mason Beuhring,” said Frye.

Another contribution to this unprecedented increase could also be attributed to several new scholarships introduced for the first time in 2019, including the Carol Christy Scholarship which can cover up to 50% of a student’s tuition and fees.

For any questions regarding scholarships please contact Heather Allender at

Meet the Board - Jennifer Christy

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Mason Beuhring, Communications & Program Services Director at Marietta Community Foundation, sits down with Jennifer Christy, member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, to get to know this prominent community member.

Mason Beuhring: I appreciate you meeting with me this morning, Jennifer. If you don’t mind, I’d like to begin with you sharing some personal background and how long you have been in the Marietta Community?

Jennifer Christy: I’m originally from Kansas City, but I have been in Marietta since I was three years old. The only time I left was for school, but I came back and married my husband, Jim.

MB: Was Jim from this area?

JC: Yes, he was a Marietta man, so we weren’t ever going to leave! We had a real estate business, which I sold in 2001, and we had four boys. Once we started our family, I stayed home to raise them.

MB: That’s awesome! So, how did you get involved with the Foundation?

JC: Jim worked very closely with Bob Kirkbride [a Board member and past Director of the Foundation]. I got involved when Bob recommended we create a fund in Jim’s memory, after his passing in 2000. Bob said it would be a great opportunity to honor his legacy, and it truly was! The Jim Christy Fund for Kids was established with contributions received from the community, in Jim’s memory.

MB: What an amazing way to honor Jim’s memory. In my brief time here, I’ve heard a lot about this fund and how it helps many children in our area. So how did you make the transition from establishing a fund to joining the board and to help others establish funds?

JC: Carol Wharff (past Executive Director) had asked me to join the board a few times, but I was very involved with my kids and couldn’t devote the time. Nine years ago, she came back and asked me again, and I said, “Okay!”

MB: So nine years after that conversation with Carol, two of which you served as the Chair of the Board of Directors, why do you continue to serve the Foundation, and this community, in this capacity?

JC: This has been one of the most gratifying boards I have ever served on. The board members are wonderful, knowledgeable people and our meetings are ran so well. Everybody brings something different to the table.

I love learning about the different nonprofits I didn’t know existed and being more involved in the community. We help nonprofits get to the next level.

Being here [in Marietta] for so long, I want to see this community thrive and flourish.

MB: Is there a specific philanthropic cause that you are passionate about?

JC: My oldest son was born with a lot of birth defects. I lived in Ronald McDonald House for two months, while he was in Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Then he was involved with Ewing School and integrated into St. Mary’s. Because of this, we have always been passionate about giving back to these type of institutions.

Jim’s fund was created to help kids in Washington County… and there is a huge need.

MB: Outside of your nine years as a board member, have you developed any hobbies?

JC: I am involved in three book clubs… I do a lot of reading!

I also play a lot of bridge. I’m involved in about four groups! One group is made up of 91 year old women, so I learn so much from them. It’s inspiring because they are very sharp! But, the game is great for your mind because it makes you think!

MB: Well we will begin to wrap things up, but before we close, do you have any last comments?

JC: I believe that people have this ‘longing to give’ no matter what. No matter what it is, I think we are just born that way. And, that’s how we receive, because it is so much better to give… it really is such a good thing.

MB: Thank you for your time, Jennifer.

MCF Looks Forward to Outdoor Facility’s Future Impact


Marietta, OH – Last year a huge collaborative effort, geared towards education, innovation, and economic development, took place in Marietta’s very own back yard. The Career Center – Adult Technical Training has implemented a brand new facility on its main campus called The Outdoor Industrial Facility. The outdoor facility already has a proven track record for a positive impact, despite it being in its early stages.

The Outdoor Industrial Facility simulates an environment found in any industrial plant in the United States. Students who are interested in technical fields, such as, Chemical Operator, Instrumentation & Electricity (I&E), or Industrial Maintenance, are able to gain knowledge of what they will be facing on an industrial plant site, while in a safe and controlled setting.

This controlled setting gives students the opportunity to learn safety protocols and how to respond to potential risks associated with chemical operations. The system allows instructors to simulate different scenarios at the facility, including chemical leaks, spills, confined space entry, and valve replacements. In these simulations, students must respond in the appropriate manner according to the instruction they have received. After each simulation, instructors are able to evaluate and critique how the students’ handled each scenario. In this way, knowledge is converted into hands-on experience.


“In the end, the training is going to be better and the plants are going to hire more qualified employees,” said Tony Huffman, Director of The Career Center – Adult Technical Training. “[These employees] will stay longer because they aren’t going to get frustrated as quickly. They are going to progress much quicker because they understand the job going in… so really it’s going to be a win-win.”

Another unique function of this facility is the fact that it is outdoors. Running these simulations in various weather conditions prepares these students for situations they will encounter in their profession.

“We wrote the [simulation] schedule months ago and we don’t know what the weather is going to be on those days,” said Derrick Lemley, Industrial & Customized Training Manager at The Career Center – Adult Technical Training. “If you’re an [chemical] operator, and your inside guy says the pump on the fifth level just went out in the middle of a blizzard, you don’t have the luxury of waiting until it warms up… you have to go right now.”

Though this new outdoor facility is located at the Career Center, it’s not just students who are benefitting from its development. In January 2019, the outdoor facility reached a milestone when it provided training to 18 newly hired Kraton employees. Custom training for companies will be offered by the Career Center. Greater education, instruction, and exposure to safety protocols will help workers develop their skills and knowledge of potentially hazardous areas. These trainings will not only produce safe habits and instruction for local chemical plants, but it will also help keep the surrounding communities safe. The Career Center estimates 150 or more people will be trained at this outdoor facility in the first year.

18 newly hired Kraton employees utilize the outdoor facility for training exercises

18 newly hired Kraton employees utilize the outdoor facility for training exercises

Many representatives from local chemical plants serve on the Career Center’s advisory board. As representatives, these plants help set the programs’ curriculum and competencies. By collaborating with the local plants, the Career Center has seen high job placement rates among their program graduates.

“Having this facility will only solidify and enhance our ability to place people,” said Huffman.

The initial idea for this outdoor facility was proposed in October 2016 during a Career Center advisory board meeting. Immediately the faculty, staff, and committee members saw the value in this proposition. The idea soon came to fruition and construction began in January 2017. To help with cost and garner community collaboration for the project, the Career Center staff approached a group of local funders: Marietta Community Foundation, Parkersburg Area Community foundation, The Ross Foundation, and The Bernard McDonough Foundation.

After receiving grants from these local funders and donated equipment from local plants, the outdoor facility became operational in 2018. Students then began training for various programs available at the Career Center, utilizing this new facility. The program is now entering its second fund-raising phase. The funds raised in this phase will be dedicated to converting the outdoor facility from a manually ran operation to a modern automated operation.

With the facility generating so many positive outcomes, other funders and plants have already begun to donate equipment and money for the second phase. Many see this program as widely beneficial to our region.

Washington County Highlights - Belpre, OH

Marietta Community Foundation has had the privilege of serving Belpre, OH for 45 years! Currently, the Foundation supports the Belpre Area Ministries and Belpre Church of Christ food pantries. We also serve as manager and distributor for the Bom Family Memorial Fund which supports educational activities in the area. We look forward to continuing this service for a long time to come.

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  • Belpre Area Community Development Foundation

  • Belpre Historical Society

  • The City of Belpre Senior Center

  • Belpre Area Multi-Use Trail Committee

  • Helped Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley home for a family in Belpre