The Holmes County Education Foundation (HCEF)

HCEF was created in 1989 by a generous donor with the goal of encouraging further education for the residents of Holmes County. Holmes County Education Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. EIN # 34-1631041.

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: Matt Campbell, David Coil, Craig Hershberger, Judge Thomas Lee, Laurel Miller, Roger Proper, Jr., Garrett Roach, Michael Taylor, and John Waltman. Shasta Mast is the Executive Director, and Ashley Doty is the Scholarship Program Manager.

The mission of the Holmes County Education Foundation is to “strengthen our community by helping Holmes County residents pursue further education opportunities.”

Since 1991, over $10,700,000 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.

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...

Preference shall be given to applicants who have demonstrated financial need, but the Trustees may also consider academic promise and other non-economic criteria in making their decisions."

The primary class of eligible recipients of scholarships or other financial assistance shall be residents of Holmes County, Ohio.  To the extent such applicants exist, assets shall be used for their benefit; only to the extent not enough such applicants exist to exhaust all available income, the trustees may award scholarships to graduates of high schools located in and to students who are residents of counties adjacent to Holmes County, Ohio. 

Scholarships are awarded to students that are enrolled in higher education institutions that are accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.

By the Numbers

Students Served


Students Served

Scholarships awarded since 1991

$10 MIL +

Scholarships awarded since 1991

Scholarship Funds


Scholarship Funds

Holmes County Education Foundation

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