Ivy Tech Wabash earns $20,000 matching grant from Pauline Barker Trust

Campaign meets goal of $60,000 for scholarships; fundraising continues

WABASH, Ind. — By raising $41,500 so far in a major scholarship fund drive, Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Campus leaders are happy to announce they have earned the $20,000 match offered by representatives of the Pauline Barker Educational Trust and exceeded the $60,000 goal set last year.

“We are so excited that members of the Wabash community have come together in support of our overall effort to raise $60,000 for scholarships for Wabash County residents attending Ivy Tech Community College in the Kokomo Region,” said Pam Guthrie, executive director of the Wabash Campus.

“With money raised at our recent Monopoly Night and a wide range of prior donations, we exceeded the $20,000 needed to receive the Pauline Barker Trust match,” Guthrie continued. “It is gratifying to know we have such great community support and we are keeping the campaign open until June 30 so people who still want to participate can be part of this great effort.”

Chuck Huffman of the Trust Division at First Merchants Bank, representative of the Pauline Barker Educational Trust, announced the challenge grant last December to serve as an incentive for others to support the scholarship fund drive.

“Thanks to the generosity of the people of Wabash County, we are glad that our challenge has been met and that we were able to help take the campaign over its $60,000 goal,” Huffman said. “We believe strongly in Ivy Tech’s importance to Wabash County and the value that scholarships provided by this fund will provide to students from our area.”

Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of Resource Development for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region, said the $20,000 matching grant from the trust will be used to create the Pauline Barker Scholarship and recipients will be referred to as “Pauline Barker Scholars.” Criteria to be considered includes living in Wabash County and attending a Kokomo Region campus or instructional site with preference given to students attending the Wabash Campus and who submit a general essay along with the Ivy Tech scholarship application.

“We are pleased to recognize Miss Barker through the naming of this scholarship opportunity,” Karickhoff said. The Pauline Barker Education Trust, honored in 2012 as Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year, gave its first gift to Ivy Tech in 1991. Since that time, income from the now-$1.7 million fund has provided more than half a million dollars to benefit the Ivy Tech Wabash Campus and help Wabash County adults attain the education and skills they need to succeed in the workplace.

The trust was established by the late Pauline J. Barker, a life-long resident of Wabash County who, for 45 years, managed the Rock City Café in Wabash. Seeing the need for adult education in the Wabash community, she decided to form a trust to support “basic literacy education, adult education, vocational training and retraining of youth, adults … and for the granting of scholarships to qualified applicants for education beyond high school level who would not otherwise have the capability of obtaining vocational or academic training in occupations useful to society.”

The campaign is headed up by a committee of Wabash County leaders that includes Annalee Benedict, Dr. John (Hap) and Jane Dragoo, Howard Halderman and Jay Vandeburg. Along with Guthrie, Karickhoff and Wabash Campus faculty member Jerry Perkins, committee members are out in the community soliciting contributions as they share the importance of supporting higher education in Wabash County.

Contributions to the fund drive are made through the Ivy Tech Foundation, which covers administrative costs so the full donation goes to student scholarships. For more information on the fund drive or to arrange a tour of the Wabash Campus, contact Pam Guthrie at 260-563-8828, ext. 302, or pguthrie@ivytech.edu or Kelly Karickhoff at 765-459-0561, ext. 382, or kkarickhoff@ivytech.edu .

About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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