Donor Stories


The Alice R. Wiley Scholarship Fund

Alice Ruth Wiley was a wonderful woman who dedicated her life to education. She graduated from Milroy High School in 1943 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Ball State Teachers College in 1947. She went on to have a long, 43-year career as a schoolteacher in Rush County.  Throughout her time as a teacher, she  … Read more

The Michael J. Keith Fund

Michael Joseph Keith was born into a loving family that consisted of his parents, Joe and Carolyn, and four sisters, Michele, Melinda, Melissa, and Mary. He also had a son, Kanyon Michael Reuben Keith, who was born in July after Michael passed away.  Carolyn described Michael as a “man who made the most of every  … Read more

The Nick Singleton Memorial Fund

Nick Singleton was born and raised in Rushville and dedicated much of his life to making a difference for the youth of Rushville and Rush County. It began as a young man coaching Little League and blossomed into serving as Rushville Boys’ and Girls’ Club Director, as well as Park’s Director for the City of  … Read more

The Pat and Martha Todd Charitable Fund

George Patrick “Pat” and Martha Todd were born and raised in Rushville and spent much of their lives helping their community. They ran ToddFuneral Home, created an ambulance service for Rush County, and openedHillside Haven Nursing Home all while raising their eleven children. Mr. and Mrs. Todd were hardworking and dedicated individuals who believed in  … Read more

The Robert Meyer and Family 4-H Scholarship

Robert “Bob” Meyer was a man dedicated to his craft and community. He was a fair and supportive 4-H leader for 55 years, helping Rush County children with their projects and instilling in them a sense of responsibility and pride in their work. When he passed away in 2005, his family wanted a way to  … Read more

The Carol Niehoff Hardwick Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Carol Niehoff Hardwick Memorial Scholarship Fund was created by Carol’s mother, Jan Niehoff, to honor her memory after she passed away in 1995. The scholarship is intended for a graduating Rushville Consolidated High School senior who will be attending Ball State.   After Carol passed away suddenly at the young age of 35, Jan  … Read more

The Jack and Cinda Brown Basketball Mental Attitude Scholarship Fund

Jack and Cinda Brown both graduated from Indiana University as well-rounded students and athletes. They led dedicated careers as teachers and coaches, for which they both received numerous awards for their exemplary coaching styles.   Jack and Cinda were both very athletic individuals that had a love of the sports they played and coached. Jack  … Read more

The Wayne L. and Evelyn J. Miller Community Fund

Wayne and Evelyn Miller shared many things during their 61-year marriage, including their passion for helping their community. Both Wayne and Evelyn were very active volunteers for multiple charities and had often talked about establishing a fund with the Rush County Community Foundation to make an even larger and longer-lasting contribution. Unfortunately, Wayne passed away  … Read more

The Bob Priddy Sports Partner Fund

Robert “Bob” Priddy was a man who dedicated his life to helping others, whether that be through the numerous sports teams he coached or simply being there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His daughter, Deby Priddy, described him best as “someone who didn’t understand that there were things that couldn’t be  … Read more

The Charles E. and Jane Power Niccum Fund

Charles and Jane Niccum are hardworking Rush County residents that believe in giving back whenever possible. Their generous spirit is what lead them to create the Charles E. and Jane Power Niccum Fund in 2013— to enable them to extend their generosity to their community in the form of grant funds.   The Niccums have  … Read more