by Scott County Community Foundation
The Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council (“YGC”), a program of the Scott County Community Foundation, awarded $7,339 in grants to youthrelated projects and announced the 6th annual Helping Hand Award recipient at an annual dinner held June 5 at Mid-America Science Park. Austin Middle School received $800 for “Life Skills in the Community.” Community Action of Southern Indiana received $1,000 for “Life Literacy Academy.” EMPOWER received $850 for “Prescription Drug Lockboxes.” Scott County 4-H received $1,000 for “4-H Opportunity Scholarships.” Scottsburg High School received three grants. Teacher Susan Jerrell was awarded $614 for “A Boost for the Booster”; teacher Jennifer Morris was awarded $575 for “Fellowship of Christian Athletes Relaunch”; and Morris also received $1,000 for the “PBIS/Hero Project.” Scottsburg Middle School received $1,000 for the “Warrior Project.” Warrior Nation Touchdown Club was awarded $500 for “Reconditioning and painting of helmets.” “There was a lot of consideration and thinking into all applying organizations,” said grants committee co-chairperson Elle Fleenor. “It brought out the opinions of all YGC members, which is always extremely important. This process not only is helping organizations to better Scott County, but it also brought the YGC voting council together through a careful discussion and decision. I can say that in the end, we are all very proud of the organizations we decided to grant, and we can’t wait to see where they go.” “All members of the YGC are very proud of where our money has gone, and we can’t wait to see how those organizations give back to the community,” said grants committee co-chairperson Hannah Brown. “We are so thankful to help our community in this way, and give back in any way that may be possible. We are looking forward to seeing how each organization will take their ideas, and transform Scott County into the amazing place we call home.” Vienna-Finley Elementary School outgoing fifth grader Marley Fleenor received the 2019 Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council (“YGC”) Helping Hand Award. She is shown above with YGC members Ryan Howser and Gavin Borden. Marley is active in many activities, but what sets her apart from others is what she started to benefit the Clearinghouse last fall. Through “Marley’s Mendings,” she made over 38 Christmas pillows and donated a portion of the profits to the Clearinghouse, which was then used to purchase 200 bars of soap for individuals in the community. Marley received a certificate and $175 for her efforts.