Welcome to this first issue of Connections for 2012.
In mid-December, I shared with you the news of the retirement of founding Trustees Frank Russell and Nancy Russell and the appointment of their successor Trustees Lisa Shover-Kackley of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Kent E. Agness of Indianapolis, Indiana. The transition was effective on January 2, 2012. Over the next few months, I look forward to introducing them to you through Connections, as well as reacquaint you with Carol Peden Schilling; the Trust's remaining founding Trustee.
I am happy to report that the Trust's grants distribution budget will grow for the second consecutive year. For 2012, it will be approximately $14 million, or $1 million more than in 2011, to distribute equally to nonprofit organizations primarily serving Indianapolis and Phoenix. While the Trust's mission statement remains unchanged, we will continue to seek out opportunities that can most clearly demonstrate definitive outcomes in our priority interest areas. Last fall, we announced that beginning in 2012, the Trust will conduct two, rather than three, competitive rounds of grants. We will announce the first round of awardees in April.
Nina Scholars Application Deadline - March 1, 2012
We are asking all Connections readers who know of potential applicants to help us spread the word about the March 1 application deadline for Cohort 12. Eligible applicants include both men and women in three categories. The adjoining page lists the three eligibility categories.
The Nina Scholars scholarships are for up to four years of study at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and Maricopa County Community Colleges in the Phoenix area and for up to six years at IUPUI in Indianapolis and Arizona State University in the Phoenix area. Please visit our Nina Scholars page to access more information, including the application form and contact information for each school.
This scholarship opportunity continues to have life-changing economic and social impact on individuals and their families who previously thought that a college education was not financially or realistically obtainable.
We thank you for helping spread the word and extend best wishes for a rewarding 2012.