News & Events

13
Jan

Wakefield Community Foundation Awards Grants

(Wakefield, NE) The Wakefield Community Foundation (WCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, recently awarded grants totaling $2,000 to four organizations that serve Wakefield.

“Since 2007 when the first grants were awarded, $15,400 has been awarded to support needs in the community that positively impact the quality of life here in Wakefield,” said Laura Dendinger, President of the WCF Board of Directors.

This year, grants were awarded to:

  • Graves Park Forever Committee – Phase 4 of landscape project – $500
  • The Little Red Hen Theatre – Missoula Children’s Theater – $500
  • Wakefield Health Care Center Inc. – Pressure relief and foot protection for wheelchairs – $500
  • Wakefield Senior Center – New Copier – $500

The mission of the Wakefield Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for Wakefield citizens by addressing current needs and raising, managing, and distributing funds for charitable purposes in the areas of cultural, social, health, and educational services.

Your support helps make the grants and scholarships possible.  All current and former Wakefield area residents are eligible to become members of the Wakefield Community Foundation. Membership fees are $25 for a single, $50 for a couple. Please consider supporting the Foundation.  Join today by mailing your membership fee to WCF c/o Siouxland Community Foundation, 505 Fifth Street, Suite 412, Sioux City, IA 51101.

29
Dec

Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship Awarded

(Sioux City, IA) The Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005 by the Greater Sioux City Press Club to provide assistance for college students pursuing a career in Mass Communication or Journalism.

This year, Ari Lebowitz, a student at Briar Cliff University, has been selected to receive the $1,000 Karen A. Luken Memorial Scholarship from the Greater Sioux City Press Club Scholarship Fund.

20
Dec

Akron Community Foundation Seeking Grants

(Akron, IA, December 7, 2016) – The Akron Community Foundation (ACF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and units of local government that serve the Akron community. The 2017 deadline for submitting an application is February 1.

To date, over $125,000 has been awarded to help address community needs in the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, and human services. Priority consideration is given to projects that:
• Enhance the quality of life in Akron.
• Address present and emerging needs.
• Leverage other funds and/or community resources.
• Result in the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
• Are developed in collaboration with other organizations.
• Encourage volunteerism.

The ACF Advisory Board is well aware that service clubs and organizations have an important role in Akron and may have identified some community needs. Even though the Foundation can not make grants directly to service clubs or other non-501(c)(3) organizations, those organizations are encouraged to collaborate with a qualified nonprofit agency on projects or seek a fiscal sponsor.

Applications will be processed on-line at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation. Questions about the application process should be directed to the ACF Administrative Office within the Siouxland Community Foundation at (712) 293-3303. Information about the Akron Community Foundation and grant application materials are available at http://www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/akron-community-foundation.

3
Mar

FOUNDATION ADDS NEW PERFORMING ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

The Jonathan David Phillips Performing Arts Scholarship fund was established in 2002 by the family and friends of Jonathan David Phillips (1981-2002). Each year scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000 are awarded to college-bound high school seniors in the Siouxland area who are seeking a career in the performing arts or in the teaching of the performing arts. Since 2003, $18,500 in scholarships have been awarded to 25 high school seniors. The Siouxland Community Foundation began administering this fund in 2016. “Performing arts” includes but is not limited to theatre, music, band, orchestra and dance.

Jonathan David Phillips was born on December 8, 1981, and graduated from South Sioux City High School in 2000. He was one of five valedictorians in his high school class and was Homecoming King his senior year. Throughout his education, Jonathan received numerous academic awards and honors and was active in drama, choir, show choir, band, jazz band, madrigal, Math Olympics, the Quiz Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind, and more. He was attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) at the time of his death and would have graduated in 2004.His first love was musical theatre. He joined the Sioux City Community Theatre Junior Theatre in the fall of 1992. He remained active at the community theatre until 1997 and also received training and had roles at Lamb Theatre. He was also active in the South Sioux City High School drama program and had roles in almost every school production from seventh grade on, culminating with the role of Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music his senior year. In the summer of 1999, he was selected to attend and participated in a theatre program at New York University, New York. Additionally, he was a member of the Jumpstarts/Side Project “ska” band from 1996 to 2000 and sang and played saxophone. He continued to pursue studies in theatre at UNL. He was an active member of the Acacia Fraternity, and in 2001 he wrote, directed, and starred in a melodrama that was produced as a fundraiser by UNL fraternities and sororities. Jonathan passed away in a car accident on May 30, 2002. His life continues to inspire his family and friends today.

To learn more about Jonathan join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JonathanDavidPhillipsorg-199316686713/ or inquire at www.phillipsperformingarts.org

3
Mar

Hawarden Community Foundation Awards Grants

(Hawarden, Iowa) – The Hawarden Community Foundation (HCF), an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, announced at their Celebration of Giving Event $53,548 in community grants. In addition to the grant awards, Ric Porter, Hawarden Community Foundation Board Chair announced a $25,000 matching grant for $1:$1 matching funds for new contributions for Hawarden Regional Healthcare’s capitol campaign to keep healthcare “close to home”.

Wakefield Community Foundation - Completed Playground

Wakefield Community Foundation – Completed Playground

Both Charles and Edna Horton, who founded the Community Foundation, spent their last days at the center. The Foundation Board members saw it fit to award a challenge grant to the community hospital to help in the fundraising efforts for the new center.

Charles and Edna Horton were longtime residents of Hawarden. As was stated in a news article following the announcement of the Hawarden Community Fund, “Charles and Edna were generous, caring people who loved Hawarden, and wanted to give something back for the good life they enjoyed there.” “They chose the Foundation at the vehicle to carry out their charitable objectives because they wanted the Hawarden Fund to exist in perpetuity for community betterment, not just to finance a few good projects over the next couple of years.”

Charles Horton created a vehicle for current and former residents of Hawarden to give back to their community and the Board wanted to see this effort go full circle with this challenge grant.

The mission of the HCF, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, is to enhance the quality of life, promote unity, and develop community pride now and in the future by partnering with the Hawarden community to identify and prioritize community needs, attract and distribute funds, support volunteerism, and challenge personal involvement and commitment.

Visit www.siouxlandcommunityfoundation.org/hawarden.aspx to learn more about the Hawarden Community Foundation.

Contacts: Ric Porter, Advisory Board Chair
(712) 551-2712
Rebecca Krohn, HCF Administrator
(712) 239-3303

13
Feb

Beef Products Inc. Scholarship Application

BEEF PRODUCTS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP

Application Deadline: March 15
Final Determinations: 3rd week April

BACKGROUND: This scholarship fund was established in 2015 by Beef Products Inc.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduating high school seniors in their pursuit of a post-secondary education at an accredited two-year or four-year college/university.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: Applicants must be graduating seniors from a 30 mile radius of Sioux City, IA to include Nebraska and South Dakota; have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 and be ranked in the top 75% of your graduating class; must have participated in part time or full time work during his/her high school experience.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection of recipients is based on such factors as scholastic performance while in high school, school and/or community service activities, and financial need.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: Minimum of $1,000 not to exceed $2000, not renewable.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Application must be received by the March 15 deadline and must include the following:

  • Completed application with signature
  • High School Certification Form with official high school transcript

 

3
Jul

Siouxland Community Foundation Awards $1,349,268 in Funding

The Board of Directors of the Siouxland Community Foundation has approved a total of $1,349,268 in funding by “connecting donors that care with causes that matter” this year. The Siouxland Community Foundation hit a 25 year milestone this past September and since then a total of 334 grants and scholarships have been awarded to Siouxland nonprofit organizations and graduating seniors to help support needs in the areas of continuing education, arts and culture, education, environment, community betterment, health, and human services. Grants and scholarships are made possible by 150+ charitable funds that the Foundation currently administers which have been established by donors to carry out their charitable intent.

The following grants were awarded:

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We’re dedicated to promoting the spirit of philanthropy, enhancing quality of life, building and preserving endowments for community benefit, and creating collaborative efforts that demonstrate mutual respect, trust, and common concern for the welfare of Siouxland communities. For more information about the Foundation, call (712) 293-3303.

23
Jun

First Scholarship Award Granted – Luikart Scholarship

Nancy Luikart was born Aug. 24, 1936, in Sioux City to Clair John and Bernadine (Smith) Conway.

Luikart was West High School’s founding Choral Director. She was a Westside girl and PROUD OF IT!  She was born up on California Street August 24th 1936. The hills of Riverside were her domain. She had many happy hours exploring West side with her brothers and sisters and her horse Molly. Nancy was a gifted vocalist and she loved sharing her music with others.

She graduated from Sioux City Central High School in 1954, where she was chosen All Central. She attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a B.F.A. degree in music education.  She also studied voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music in the summers of 1958 and 1959. She was also a district and regional winner of the, National Association of the Teachers of Singing, and a vocal winner in 1958. She furthered her studies at the University of Nebraska as well as Kansas University. She taught vocal music in the secondary schools of Sioux City for 30 years.

Some of her performance highlights include: singing with the Sioux City Symphony, the Sioux City Coral Association, the Shrine Chanters, the University of South Dakota Band, the Yankton College Orchestra, Sioux City Community Theater, Lamb Productions, Morningside College Choir recitals and orchestra, Morningside Choral Union, Morningside College Theatre and the Metro Opera of Waterloo, Iowa. She was a featured soloist at the Sioux City Band Shell for more than 40 years, and a Messiah soloist throughout the Midwest. Other career highlights include singing with Danny Thomas and William Warfield. She sang for a special reception in Sioux City for then-President Gerald Ford.

When Sioux City schools built West High, Luikart, was asked to take on a young program with students who were being separated and sent to high schools all over the city. Luikart decided that West High’s vocal music department was going to be strong, successful and happy at West High. She helped write the schools fight song, select the Wolverine mascot and the schools Classy Green and cream. She loved West High and the kids. She was one of them and she was proud of it.

A guiding life principle of hers was to use her God-given music talent to bring joy to others, especially to young people. Nancy’s “Philosophy of Life”, written in 1955 states that, “I would like to be a concert singer, but if the Lord didn’t mean me to do this then I will teach his children the music. Oh, what a gift to the world music is, think of how dull life would be without being able to express ourselves through music.”

Luikart, 68, passed away December 26, 2004.  Family, friends and West High Music Alumni gave to establish the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship to be administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation.

The Luikart family would like to thank all of those who gave so generously. The Luikart family would like to see this scholarship grow and touch young professionals’ lives. We are now excited to announce the first winner of the Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship.  The award recipient for 2014 is Alexis A. Larvick from West High School in Sioux City, IA who will be attending Northwestern College in Orange City, IA this fall.

23
Jun

O’Brien County Community Foundation Grant Awards

The O’Brien County Community Foundation (OBCCF) recently awarded 27 grants totaling $103,262 to nonprofit organizations and units of local government in support of projects throughout O’Brien County. Since the first grants were made in 2006, over $744,262 has been awarded. Funding for the grant program is a result of County Endowment Fund legislation (HF2302) passed in 2005 which provides that a percentage of state gambling revenues be distributed among all Iowa counties that do not have a gambling entity.

The following grants were recently awarded by the Community Foundation:

ORGANIZATION PROGRAM FUNDING
Archer Fire Department Internet Training Equipment  $         1,917
Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital Front Entrance Renovation  $         6,782
City of Calumet Concrete for New Fire Station  $       10,000
City of Sutherland Sutherland Park Beautification  $         2,000
Community Memorial Health Center Handicapped Accessible Entrance for Clinic  $         2,104
Family Crisis Centers Victim Service Enrichment Project  $         5,455
Hartley Park & Recreation 13 New Picnic Tables  $         1,250
Hartley Police Department Zetron Paging Encoder   $           970
Hartley Volunteer Fire Department Junior Firefighter – Protective Equipment  $         2,000
Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School High School Trail – Phase 1 (Concrete)  $         5,000
Kids Express Daycare New Fencing & External Defibrillator  $         7,594
Kids Kampus Kids Kampus Storage Building  $         3,984
Little Sioux Valley Conservation Snowshoe Equipment  $         2,900
Noah’s Ark Daycare Inc. Outdoor Learning Environment  $         3,663
Northwest Iowa Community College Emergency Services Training Equipment  $         2,677
O’Brien County Conservation Board Dog Creek Park – Playground Equipment  $         5,338
O’Brien County Fair Board Primghar Camp Site Creation  $         6,000
Paullina Chamber of Commerce New Tables and Chairs  $         4,810
Primghar Ambulance Team Automated External Defibrillator Upgrade  $       10,000
Primghar Public Library Operating System Upgrade  $            925
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Foster Grandparent Cost Reimbursement  $         2,303
Rotary Club of Rock Valley Senior Companion Program  $         1,750
Sanborn Fire & Rescue Thermal Imaging Camera & Accessories  $         5,110
Sanborn Public Library Media Upgrade for Presentations  $         2,355
Sheldon Community Day Care Room Divider  $         1,875
Sutherland Commercial Club Antique Fire Truck Restoration  $         2,000
Village Northwest Unlimited Furniture Replacement  $         2,500
TOTAL FUNDING FOR 2014  $     103,262

The OBCCF was formally established in 2005 through affiliation with the Siouxland Community Foundation and is governed by a local nine-member advisory board composed of representatives from each of the communities in O’Brien County: Archer, Calumet, Hartley, Paullina, Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, and Sutherland; as well as one county-at-large member.

The mission of the O’Brien County Community Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the communities served by encouraging permanent charitable giving to meet the needs of present and future generations.

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3
Jun

Foundation Awards $285,850 in Scholarships

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Rebecca Krohn, Executive Director • (712) 293-3303

FOUNDATION AWARDS $285,850 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

The Siouxland Community Foundation, organized exclusively to benefit and serve the greater Siouxland tri-state area, administers a pool of endowed grant and scholarship funds that have been established by individuals, families, corporations, and other foundations for charitable and educational purposes.

The Foundation has announced $285,850 in funding for the 2014 academic year for scholarship award recipients from the following funds:

Flight Crew (United 232) Scholarship Fund established in 1999 by flight crew members in appreciation of Siouxland’s valiant rescue and recovery efforts during the aftermath of the United Airlines Flight 232 incident on July 19, 1989.   Graduating high school seniors in the Siouxland area that will be attending Briar Cliff University, Morningside College, Western Iowa Tech Community College, or St. Luke’s College to pursue a career in the medical/health sciences field are eligible to apply. Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 were awarded this year to:

Juan Alamillo – South Sioux City High School

Emily J. Schnoor – Randolph High School

Austin L. Schmidt – Remsen – Union High School

Riley M. Ehlers – Maple Valley Anthon Oto High School

Cassandra D. Stowe – Homer Community High School


Great West Casualty Company Scholarship Fund created in 1995 by Great West Casualty Company (GWCC) to assist children or other legal dependents of active full-time employees in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. Scholarships in the amount of $1,000 have been awarded to:

Amy J. Zeller – Elk Point Jefferson High School

Alex J. Keime – Dakota Valley High School

Brittni R. Porath – Bishop Heelan Catholic High School

Hannah R. Jensen – Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community High School


 

Novotny/Osborne Scholarship Fund established in 2001 by Thomas and Jeanne Novotny, former residents of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, to assist graduating Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School seniors. The 2014 recipient of this $20,000 scholarship award is:

Peyton E. Harms – Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community High School


 

Col. V. Thomas Considine Scholarship Fund established in 2001 by family and friends in his memory to perpetuate Col. Considine’s legacy at the 185th and his commitment to achieving higher education. Eligible high school seniors include those who have enlisted in the 185th Iowa Air National Guard prior to graduation, or are children or other legal dependents of a retired or currently active member of the 185th Iowa Air National Guard. The graduating student to be awarded a $500 scholarship from this fund is Bryce M. Butters from Woodbury Central Moville, IA.


 Adam D. Ellis Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 2014 by Larry and Roxanne Ellis, residents of McCook Lake, South Dakota. This scholarship is for graduating seniors from Dakota Valley High School. The first recipient of this $500 scholarship award is:

Ellie C. Bohan – Dakota Valley High School


 Cloy and Connie Olhausen Scholarship created in 2011 within the Hartley Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation for graduating seniors pursuing nursing from Hartley Melvin Sanborn, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sheldon and O’Brien High Schools. The scholarship in the amount of $7,500 has been awarded to:

Bridget F. Doeden – Sibley – Ocheyedan High School, Sibley, IA


 

Curtis R. Turner PTLW Scholarship Fund established in 2013 by Marilyn Turner of Sioux City, Iowa to assist graduating East High School seniors pursuing a career in engineering. The first recipient of this $1,000 scholarship award is:

Emily E. Bock – East High School


 

Joshua M. Lester Memorial Scholarship Fund established in 2013 by family and friends in his memory to perpetuate Joshua’s contagious personality and love for others. The scholarship program has been established to assist graduating seniors from Bishop Heelan Catholic High School pursuing post-secondary education. The first recipient of the $500 scholarship is:

Brenna A. Sweeney – Bishop Heelan High School


 

Other scholarships administered by the Siouxland Community Foundation and the recipients are:

Dr. Roger Wendt Memorial Scholarship for $500 awarded to Jenna K. Lee – North High School 


 

Duane & Shirley Hiller Student Athlete Scholarship for $250 awarded to 2 students:

Shawna C. Koch – Kingsley Pierson High School

Kaylee H. Hathaway – West Monona Community High School


 

Herrold “Mr. A” Asmussen Scholarship for $500 awarded to Paige M. Noble – North High School

Karen Linder Memorial Scholarship for $500 awarded to Jenna K. Lee – North High School

Kind World Foundation Scholarship program,administered by the Foundation, exceeded the one million dollar mark in scholarship since its inception in 2008. $210,000 in scholarships were awarded this year to graduating Siouxland students. The following were awarded:

The $25,000 Distinguished Scholar Award was given to Raul Aguilera from South Sioux City High School pursuing post-secondary education at the University of Nebraska in Omaha, NE


 

Matching Scholarship Recipients:

 

The Avery Brothers Scholarship awarded to:

Brenna A. Sweeney – Bishop Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000

 

The Leopold Family Charitable Trust Scholarship awarded to:

Allison M. Sexton – Dakota Valley High School (North Sioux City, SD) for $5,000

 

The Joan L. Waitt Scholarship awarded to:

Hanna L. Nichols – North High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000

 

The Gleeson Family Scholarship awarded to:

Amanda A. Torres – South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE) for $5,000

 

The Norm Waitt Sr. Scholarship         awarded to:

Gabriela Amador – South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE) for $5,000

 

The Carolyn Goodwin Scholarship awarded to:

Gerardo Guerrero – West High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000

 

The Bernstein Family Scholarship awarded to:

Tayla S. Schager – East High School (Sioux City, IA) for $5,000

 

The Elk Point – Jefferson Scholarship awarded to:

Conner J. Kneip – Elk Point – Jefferson High School (Elk Point, SD) for $5,000

 

The Sergeant Bluff – Luton Comm. School Foundation Scholarship awarded to:

Courtney N. Morrison – Sergeant Bluff – Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA) for $5,000


 

2014 KIND WORLD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE:

$10,000 award to Kassitti A. Balomenos from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to John M. Becker from Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Derek X. Clayton from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Bryan Chavez from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Falmata G. Gishe from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Maire C. Grupp from West High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Riley J. Harder from Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA)

$10,000 award to Hailey M. Hinds from South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE)

$10,000 award to Paige N. Kellogg from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Anna M. Koch from Bishop Heelan High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Taryn M. Jansen from Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School (Sgt. Bluff, IA)

$10,000 award to Jenna K. Lee from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$5,000 award to Yvette M. Luna from Dakota Valley High School (North Sioux City, SD)

$5,000 award to Ronald K. Nash from East High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Nicole R. Page from North High School (Sioux City, IA)

$10,000 award to Esther E. Peralez from South Sioux City High School (South Sioux City, NE)

Lawton Centennial Scholarship was awarded to two students Mitchel J. Masching and Blake F. Sappingfield both from Lawton – Bronson Community Schools in the amount of $250.

The Nancy Conway Luikart Music Scholarship awarded a scholarship for the first time this to Alexis A. Larvick from West High School.

Macfarlane Family Scholarship awarded a scholarship to Jenna K. Lee – North High School for $500 and Levine Sheehan – West High School for $500.

Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship awarded a $500 scholarship Kari A. Hilbrands currently attending Northwestern College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Paul Lindberg Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Logan L. Ernst in the amount of $1,000 from Westwood High School.


The final two scholarship programs are the Sergeant Bluff – Luton Community School Foundation Scholarships and the Walt Fiegel Scholarships. Sergeant Bluff – Luton School Foundation awarded a total of 13 scholarships for $500 each to the following students: Andrew M. Dillman (Pioneer Auto scholarship), Sierra Brand, Riley Harder, Ashtin Hazel, Taryn Jansen, Hannah Jensen, Paige LaPlant, Courtney Morrison, Zalina Rostermundt, Shelbe Schlag, Sydney Smith, Allison Stockfleth, and Peyton Harms. The Walt Fiegel Foundation awarded $1,000 scholarships to 16 area students. The students receiving the scholarships are from Dakota Valley High School– Aubrie Wauhob; Bishop Heelan High School – Tyler Cropley and Brenna Sweeney; Sergeant Bluff High School – Courtney Morrison; East High School students: Kassitti Balomenos, Brooke Daane, Hannah Ingram, Paige Kellog, Chase Kern, Anna Larson and Lauren Tidwell. Graduating from West High School, scholarship recipients are Olivia Flannery, Gerardo Guerrero, Sheehan Levine, Xiomara Santana and Isabelle Whitead.

Congratulations students on all of your accomplishments!

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