Van Wert, OH – On Thursday, July 12, The Van Wert County Foundation hosted its Annual Scholarship Celebration.  This event was held at The Wassenberg Art Center to recognize the recent student scholarship recipient’s accomplishments and provided an opportunity for them to connect with other recipients, Foundation Board of Trustee members, and staff.

Several recipients took this opportunity to learn about the donor fund associated with their scholarship.  Many felt it was essential to know the person or family who established the fund and has assisted in their education and future.

Foundation Executive Secretary, Seth Baker, provided valuable information about The Foundation’s scholarship process and qualifications. “Students who have completed the equivalent of one year in college are eligible, provided they have a 2.75 accumulative grade point average. Students who have received a scholarship must maintain a 3.0 accumulative grade point average to warrant continuation of future scholarship opportunities.”, explained Baker.

Gary Clay, Foundation Trustee, and Scholarship Committee Chairman spoke to guests about The Foundation scholarship program and the learn and return philosophy. “Learn, continue your education, gain experiences and knowledge. However, know that you can return. There are opportunities right here in our communities. Bring those experiences and that knowledge to build the future of our community.”, added Clay.

The Van Wert County Foundation awards annual scholarships through an application and review process.  For 2018, 314 recipients received a combined total of $896,260.00 provided through funds established for scholarship purposes.

The Van Wert County Foundation, a non-profit community organization serving Van Wert County and the surrounding area, inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and our community. By supporting purpose, inspiring growth, and building the future, The Foundation facilitated over $3 million in charitable giving last year.

For more information about The Van Wert County Foundation scholarship program, visit To learn how you can establish a scholarship fund contact, Seth Baker, Executive Secretary, at 419.238.1743 or email