The Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF) was created in 1989 through the generosity of an anonymous donor with the goal of encouraging further education for the residents of Holmes County.  A trust was formed to generate income to help fulfill this goal. The original trustees included John Waltman, James McGuire, Richard Maxwell, and Judge Robert Hines. The present Board of Trustees includes: Linda Angelo, Julian Coblentz, Judge Robert D. Rinfret, Michael Taylor, and John Waltman. The Executive Director is Darla Stitzlein and Kaeli Dial is the Administrative Assistant.

The Mission of the Holmes County Education Foundation is, "Holmes County Education Foundation strengthens our community by helping Holmes County residents pursue further education opportunities."

Since 1991, over $7,000,000 has been granted for the betterment of Holmes County youth and adults. This has been accomplished by the awarding of college scholarships, professional development grants, Amish Vocational Training grants, Senior Series grants, and assistance to the Holmes County College Access Program.

HCEF is a public foundation under section 509 (a) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in section 501 (c) (3). Therefore, charitable contributions are tax deductible.

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who We fund

As stated in Article III ("Distributions in Furtherance of the Trust's Purposes") of the Trust Agreement of the Holmes County Education Foundation, it states, "The assets of the Trust shall be used (in the discretion of the Trustees) to provide scholarships or other financial assistance...for the pursuit of education or vocational training beyond grade school.  Education beyond grade school shall mean enrollment and attendance at an educational organization which maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where it's educational activities are carried on...Vocational training beyond grade school may include payments or loans to Amish or Mennonite churches which such churches may use to advance the vocations of the youth of their membership."

The Foundation has received many requests in which student are attending valid and viable educational programs, such as summer/exchange programs.  However, as the article above states, our scope of funding is limited.  We recommend, if your program cannot be funded by the Foundation, that you contact the Holmes County District Public Library reference department for more information, including the Foundation Center Directory for Grant Seekers.  We also suggest that you send letters to local businesses to see if they might be able to help support you. 

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