KOKOMO, Ind. – The Cass County Democratic Party has presented Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region with a $10,000 gift earmarked for an endowed scholarship in honor of the late Jim Weaver, a long-time leader in Logansport/Cass County education, government and economic development.
Cass County residents who are attending any Ivy Tech campus in the Kokomo Region, have a minimum grade-point average of 2.5 and who are registered voters will be eligible to apply for the $500 scholarship, which may be used for tuition, fees and books.
Funds to establish the scholarship came from the Jim Weaver family. Weaver was serving as president of both the Logansport Economic Development Association and the Hoosier Heartland Corridor Association at the time of his death in 2004. A member of the Indiana Economic Development Association, the Logan/Cass County Industrial Park Board of Directors and Logan’s Landing Association, he was one of the driving forces behind completing the Hoosier Heartland project. Weaver was a former vice president and investment officer of National City Bank in Logansport.
A long-time active member of the Cass County Democratic Party, Weaver was a four-term member and former president of the Logansport City Council and served as a member and president of the Logansport School Board of Trustees. A fervent alumnus of Purdue University, he was active in the Logansport Rotary Club, the Logansport Civic Players, the Cass County Historical Society, the Cass County Historic Preservation Foundation, the Logansport Cass County Chamber of Commerce and All Saints Parish.
“Jim Weaver was committed to the betterment of our society and exhibited the highest values of the Democratic Party,” said Paul Ulerick, chair of the Cass County Democratic Party. “We are truly excited to establish this endowed scholarship. It demonstrates the strong belief by the Democratic Party that it is important to continue your education.”
Former Logansport Mayor Michael Fincher, who was instrumental in helping to establish Ivy Tech’s Logansport Campus in the Hoosier Heartland Corridor, said, “Jim would be humbled and proud to know the Cass County Democratic Party has established this scholarship for Cass County students who are attending Ivy Tech Community College.”
The scholarship fund is one of dozens set up through the Ivy Tech Foundation. “These scholarships can make all the difference for students who are striving to advance their educations at Ivy Tech,” said Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region. “This is a great example of the fantastic support the Logansport/Cass County community provides to Ivy Tech and our students.”
For information about donating to existing scholarship funds or establishing a new scholarship, contact Karickhoff at 765-459-0561, ext. 296. To apply for scholarships within the Kokomo Region, students who have been admitted to Ivy Tech for the next academic year are encouraged to complete the online application form available through Campus Connect.