Scholarship Season Is Here
The Fairfield Community Foundation is pleased to be able to award more than $100,000 in scholarships each year.
To apply for Fairfield Community Foundation Scholarships at Fairfield High School, contact your guidance counselor at the school and ask them for application forms. You then fill them out and return them to the guidance department.
If you attend the Joint Vocational School and live in Fairfield or Fairfield Township, you are eligible for scholarships awarded to all Fairfield High School students. Contact your guidance counselor there for information as to how to apply for grants that are available graduating seniors.
The Four Seasons Garden Club Scholarship is available to all students residing in Fairfield and Fairfield Township regardless of the school they attend. You may access that application form here. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at Linda@fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org
The Fairfield Women Club Scholarship is available to all graduating female students who reside in Fairfield or Fairfield Township. You may access that application form here on the website. You may also contact the guidance department at the high school you attend and ask for the application. If they do not have the application, please contact the Foundation at Linda@fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org
Dorothy Jane Dickey’s Love of Education Continues through a New Foundation Scholarship
Dorothy Jane Dickey was a dedicated educator for over 62 years in Fairfield and Hamilton. Because of her commitment to education and her love of children, upon her death in 2016, her own children (Mark , Jennifer and Brent) decided it would be fitting to create a scholarship in her memory - The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship. It is designed to assist future educators with their education. It will be awarded to a Fairfield High School senior who has chosen to major in education in college. The first scholarship will be awarded for the first time in May, 2019.
Dorothy Jane Roush arrived in Fairfield in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a teaching position at the then brand new Fairfield High School on Dixie Highway. Her future husband, John Dickey, arrived about the same time. They were high school sweethearts from Hillsboro, Ohio and were married in 1954. They had both grown up on farms and liked the Fairfield community as, at the time, it reminded them of their homes. Their first home was on the corner of Magie and Redwood Avenue, then a dead end street. In 1967, they built their dream home on Harrowgate Hill Lane, one of the first houses in the brand new Rolling Hills subdivision, and lived there until their deaths. Both John and Jane were very active citizens in Fairfield and its growth. John owned a CPA firm and moved it to Fairfield in 1979. The firm is still on Nilles Road and is now run by his son, Mark. Jane taught in Fairfield and Roosevelt High Schools and kindergarten at Holy Cross on Winton Road for 30 years. In 1982, Jane along with her sister, Betty Jo Vance and 3 other teachers created a nonprofit Preschool in Lindenwald for youngsters 3 to 5 years old. She taught and was the director of the preschool until it closed in 2014. Over her 62 years teaching, she had several families where she taught 3 generations. Jane believed that it was important that you had purpose and that purpose feeds your soul. What fed her soul was teaching. Her daughter, Jennifer, said there was a plaque in their home stating, “To teach is to touch a life forever.” She said “nearly everyone has a teacher that they remember. They may not remember what they said but they remember how they made them feel. That teacher made a difference in the course of their life and who they became.”
After her family, education was Jane’s first love. The Fairfield community was close behind education for both her and her husband John. Together they have a long history of working to improve the quality of life in Fairfield. They believed that children need places that provided opportunities to grow, develop their self confidence and creative expression. They were among the founders of the YMCA on Bibury. The playground equipment in Harbin Park is one of their many projects. In 1999 they were among the first to become Founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation, dedicating their fund to the city’s parks and green spaces. Jane was one of the founders of the Fairfield Four Seasons Garden Club. Jane and John have also been very generous to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. The flag pole plaza and equipment in the children’s’ play area at the fields are because of their generous donations.
The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship is truly a well-deserved honor in the memory of a woman who dedicated her life to education and her community. Through her scholarship, Jane continues to “touch a life forever.”
I was fortunate to meet this young man, Chris Neumann, as he came to pick up his scholarship check from the Fairfield Community Foundation. He is going to Miami to become a graphic artist. I love art, so we started talking. He had his incredible portfolio on his cell phone. This is his self- portrait. I asked him if I could share his work. If I didn't know better, I would have thought it to be a photo. Look out world, this young man is going places!
I love my job! I get to meet wonderful scholarship recipients like Joanne Webster. She is so grateful for the opportunity to go to Bowling Green University to pursue her secondary education career. Joanne lights up when she speaks of her future. She will be such a great example for her future students to follow.
Grant Challenge Winners
Meet the Champions of our second annual Grant Challenge, receiving $3500. The first place winner is Fairfield Prevention Coalition for their "Project Hope". They will educate the citizens of Greater Fairfield about the harmful consequences of heroin and other opiate abuse.
The runner up in the Grant Challenge receiving $1500 is SELF for their project, "Neighbors Who Care". It is a home repair project that helps lower income, elderly and the disabled families to stay in their home by making repairs and accommodations to make it possible.
Wall of Honor Recipient Don Hassler
Don Hassler worked at Procter and Gamble for 42 years. He loved what he did but wanted to do more to help make his community the best it could be. He began working for the Civil Defense in 1960 assisting with law-enforcement. In 1965 it changed to the Auxiliary Police Department and within a year Don became its Captain. He led the Auxiliary Police Department for 32 years. When asked, Don will tell you this was his favorite position held in Fairfield. His love for his community didn’t stop there. He served on the Fairfield City Council from December of 1981- November of 1989. He again served on Fairfield City Council from December 1991-December of 1999. Don loves to make things beautiful. So serving on Parks and Recreation Board from April of 2003-December of 2011 was very satisfying to him.
The Fairfield Grange was also blessed by Don’s expertise. As Master of the Grange, he led the city to create Grange Park. Don is deeply engrained in the fiber of the City of Fairfield where he served as Safety Inspector, Treasurer of the Fire Levy, and Chair for the Fire Levy in 2016. One would think this would fill a lifetime of commitment to the City, but Don continues to be actively involved. He has served on the Planning Commission since January of 2012, currently serves on the Transportation Improvement District since 1996 and is the Council Representative for the Design Review Committee.
Mark Wendling, City Manager of Fairfield put it best when he said, “Don is a driven, hard- working man who is always doing something to make his community better. He is reflective of the Fairfield community. Don is every man.”
Our Past and Present Board of Trustees
Another successful Tailgate event with the help of our wonderful Planning Committee
Word from the President
I have only been here at the Fairfield Community Foundation for a few months, but during that time I have fallen more in love with Fairfield than I thought was possible. I have been meeting with many of the Founders of our Foundation, wanting to know more about how and why the Foundation was created 18 years ago. These wonderful people were not people with millions to donate, like many foundations were started. They were people just like you and me who wanted to ensure Fairfield could sustain itself as the best community possible FOREVER. They pledged what they could afford and many paid that pledge over a 5 year period of time. Over the years, most have added what they could, when they could to help ensure the FOREVER plan. Would you like to be a part of FOREVER for Fairfield? Let’s talk. There are so many ways we can make that happen. I’d like to tell you all about it.
Welcome New Board Member, Doug Robertson
I have spent a 30 year career working for a community minded family who‘s company credo includes “We support our community …”and “… are grateful to God for our blessings”. They and their employees truly live by these values and stress the importance of serving the community where they live and work. Following their lead, I’ve served a number of wonderful church, youth, and community organizations in the area, but had yet to discover the right service opportunity that supported the larger community of Fairfield where I’ve benefitted from being a lifelong resident.
Growing up and now raising my own family in Fairfield has been an incredible blessing. Being invited to attend several of the Fairfield Community Foundation events and realizing the dedication of each of the board members to its mission has made it clear to me that this is an organization dedicated to successfully giving back to my hometown. I’m honored to be joining the FCF Board and excited to be a part of supporting this Foundation’s mission to enhance and strengthen the quality of life for all those who make Fairfield their residence of choice.
Welcome New Board Member, Carolyn Roark
After participating in a Nonprofit Board Leadership Certificate Program through the Butler County United Way at the Miami University Corporate Community Institute, I knew I wanted to serve on a nonprofit board. However, for me, it had to be the right fit. After attending some of the Fairfield Community Foundation’s events, I loved the authentic comradery of the Board members and knew I had found a place where I could serve and use my God-given talents. I have lived in Fairfield for 30 years, and I want to help enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the citizens of the Fairfield community. It is also important to me to be a role model for my grandsons, Aidan and Jude. I feel very blessed to be a member of the Fairfield Community Foundation Board and to serve alongside some very caring community members.
Join the #LoveWorks Movement
Love Works is designed to impact the foundation of our community by inspiring others to pay kindness forward.
When you pay kindness forward or you see someone else paying kindness forward, share it on the Love Works social media pages because kindness is contagious!
@ShareLoveWorks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Here are some easy ways you can pay kindness forward and show Love Works:
- Take a meal to someone who is ill
- Let the people who serve us, police, military, fire department know how much you appreciate them with a card, treats, a simple thank you
- Pay attention and act upon helping others by: holding doors, helping those who need an extra hand, even a smile
- Look at a wish list from animal shelters and collect items
- Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru
- Send a “thank you” text, email or card
- Offer to help a neighbor (shovel snow, rake leaves, etc.)
- Let someone merge into traffic in front of you
- Reach out to a person who has made a difference in your life and let them know
If you would like more information or would like to include Love Works in your event, please contact ShareLoveWorks@gmail.com or call Angie Kenworthy at 513-509-0465.
Make a Gift from your IRA and save on your taxes!
If you’re aged 70½ or older, it's once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. And now that opportunity is permanent!
On December 18 the President signed into law legislation that retroactively extends the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as the Fairfield Community Foundation -- and gifts from IRAs are free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.
To make such gifts, it’s important not to withdraw funds before making an IRA gift. Instead you should have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Check with your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.