Scholarship Gifts & Foundations

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Below, you will find information and history regarding bequests and foundations committed to the Valley View School District.

The Valley View Education Foundation

The Valley View Education Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 2011 to enrich curriculum-based programs and innovative teaching within the Valley View Local Schools.

As its name suggests, the Foundation is devoted exclusively to education enhancement with its primary responsibility being to gain support from individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations and distribute funds through a grant program for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff.

Valley View Education Foundation Goals

  1. To serve as a non-profit community trust which is authorized to solicit and accept grants, bequests, and contributions from individuals, organizations, businesses and corporations.
  2. To provide funds and resources for selected programs, ideas and projects.
  3. To establish and maintain an endowment fund.
  4. To recognize contributions of individuals, institutions and organizations toward advancement of education.
  5. To strengthen school-community understanding and a shared interest in education.

The Valley View Education Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization founded in 2011 to enrich curriculum-based programs and innovative teaching within the Valley View Local Schools.

As its name suggests, the Foundation is devoted exclusively to education enhancement with its primary responsibility being to gain support from individuals, corporations, businesses and foundations and distribute funds through a grant program for the benefit of students, faculty, and staff.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Valley View Education Foundation plans to introduce the Nancy Houston Classroom Project Grants. Possible grant applicants include all Valley View teachers
who are interested in applying for additional classroom funds that will promote innovation teaching that will enhance student learning in the Valley View Local Schools.

The foundation is looking to fund creative teaching approaches or strategies, hands-on, doing -type activities; opportunities which provide for differentiation; and, additional experiences which support our at-risk learners.

To support its grant objectives, the Valley View Education Foundation will conduct fundraising programs. All proceeds are used to enhance education in the Valley View Schools.

Evaluation criteria will include the number of students and staff impacted by the project, the opportunities for learning MISSION – Achieve, Enrich and Preserve the academic excellence for the future of Valley View Students!

The Swartzel Bequest

In July 2002 the Valley View School District received a gift from the estate of the late Sara Swartzel. Ms. Swartzel, a lifelong resident of Jackson Township, bequeathed two tracts of land to the district. in memory of her father and in honor of her long-time tenant Frank Breeding.

The first tract encompasses 50.615 acres. The second tract of land, directly across the Farmersville Pike, encompasses 107.026 acres. It was Mrs. Swartzel’s hope that the school would use the 157.641 acres for its future expansion. The Montgomery County Real Estate’s Master Information, available online at www.mctreas.org posts the current value of the first tract at $113,770. The Master Information log posts the second tract’s current valued at $243,570

The Dursch-Jackson Scholarship

On the twelfth day of September, 1999, Mrs. Thelma Dursch of Germantown, bequeathed the amount of one million dollars to the Valley View School District. That amount has now grown to $1,044,984.00 (one million, forty-four thousand, nine hundred and eighty-four dollars). Mrs. Dursch designated the gift to be named the Dursch-Jackson Scholarship Fund in memory of the late Robert Dursch. Mrs. Dursch also stipulated that the money is put aside, using only the interest to fund two annual scholarship. The scholarship committee, keeping the growing interest in mind, has determined that both scholarships may be $5,000 each. The specific language of the will determines the funding to be fixed and used for scholarship purposes only and no other.

The Dursch-Jackson Scholarship will go to students with a family income not greater than $40,000 annually.

The K of P Scholarship Trust

The Knights of Pythias, Germantown Lodge No. 409, funded a scholarship trust to Valley View Schools in 1985. The terms of the trust provide two $1,000 scholarships be granted annually. The K of P Scholarship Fund, a total of $52,605.56 is supervised by Shelley Helfinstine Counselor, Valley View High School.

The Eichelberger-Ireland Award

The Eichelberger-Ireland Award, given annually at the Valley View High School Commencement since 1993, is a gift from the estate of the late Don Ireland, a 1924 graduate of Germantown High School. Mr. Ireland bestowed the gift to the Valley View School District to honor his grandmother, Mrs. Adelina Eichelberger. Mr. Ireland, a teacher, directed that the $300 award be given to the student whose four-year grade point average is the highest.

The Melvin Sears Memorial Book Award

The Melvin Sears Memorial Book Fund provides new books for the Elementary Libraries. The late Mr. Sears was an area dairy farmer, former board of education member, and staunch supporter of education. The books donated in his memory share his love of farming, nature and the environment. The bequest is overseen by a retired Elementary Teacher Carol Michael, whose husband Don, is the nephew of the late Mr. Sears.

The Germantown Rotary/Authur Huffer, Jr. Bequest

On October 27th, 2004 the Germantown Rotary generously donated to the Valley View School District a $20,000 gift from its bequest received from Arthur Huffer, Jr., an area farmer and lifelong resident of Germantown. The Rotary chose to give each Valley View building $5,000 for technology or needed educational projects. The aspiration to share the funding was reported to the school district in the spring of 2004. V.V. Communications Director Debbie Bruner wrote the request for proposal which was approved by the Rotarians.

Farmersville Elementary used its funding to replace a faulty intercom system throughout the building. Germantown Elementary used its funding for Special Education Curriculum, which otherwise would not have been possible. Valley View Middle School used its funding for safety/security cameras for the hallways. Valley View High School used its funding for several separate technology projects including a Smart Board for two classrooms; a Vo. Ag. Hydroponics Project; and a camera and scanner for the Special Ed. Dept.

The Eugene Stebbins Memorial Gift

The Eugene Stebbins Memorial Gift Veteran School Board Member and Community advocate Gene Stebbins lost his battle with cancer on October 18, 2002. His family awarded the Valley View School District $3,000 to be used for Mr. Stebbins favorite projects in all four school buildings. To be distributed evenly, the funding will serve Farmersville Elementary’s Student Rewards; Field Trips to the Boonshoft Historical Museum; and the Farmersville Fire Dept. Safety Program for 4th and 5th Graders. Germantown Elementary will receive funds for a Birthday Library and a Computer program focused on Writing. The Valley View Middle School will benefit with Spartan Academic Club scholarships; Project Charlie Funds; and Go For Figures Math Competition materials. Valley View High School will enjoy funding for several of Mr. Stebbins favorite organizations, including FFA Scholarship; Show Choir music and materials; Science materials; and the National Honor Society.