Dubois County Emerging Leaders have selected Family Scholar House as this year’s recipient of a $5,000 grant. Members of the local giving circle surprised Sr. Barbara Schmitz Monday morning with a check made payable to her organization whose mission is to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a college degree. When asked what the organization was going to do with the money, Sr. Barbara responded “There are a thousand things we could do with the money.”
Members voted through a two round process that included 19 local organizations. “This was a new and very exciting format to this year’s voting process. We were able to engage the Emerging Leaders more in the granting process,” said Jessica DeLorenzo, Giving Circle Chairperson, “I was excited to represent the Family Scholar House in the process as it works to eliminate obstacles for single parents pursuing higher education. It was a very positive experience for us all.”
Emerging Leaders was established in 2012 as an innovative, yet simple, giving circle for those aged 45 and under, to pool resources to strengthen communities in Dubois County. Since forming in 2012, Emerging Leaders has granted $12,900 back to the community.
Individuals can learn more and join the Giving Circle by calling the Dubois County Community Foundation at 812-482-5295 or online at www.ELgiving.org.