HU Foundation aims to raise $75K for scholarships

HUNTINGTON, Ind. The Huntington University Foundation aims to raise $75,000 this year for its 75th anniversary. The goal is to support student scholarships at HU.

"The Foundation is currently reaching out to constituents, alumni, donors and friends in Huntington and surrounding counties in order to create opportunities for students in these counties to receive scholarship money to attend Huntington University," said Mark Schenkel, director of community relations.

Each year the Foundation conducts the Local Scholarship Fund Drive, raising support for student scholarships. Hundreds of students have directly benefited from the tax-deductible gifts of area businesses and community leaders to the Huntington University Foundation. With enrollment of approximately 1,250 students, nearly 20 percent are from Huntington County.

"The $75,000 goal is a stretch for us, but we felt it was important to aim high for the students and to honor our 75th anniversary," Ed Vessels, president of the Foundation. "We will need more support than ever this fall to help reach our goal."

The scholarship campaign is runs through December.

Huntington County grants are awarded through the Foundation to students in Huntington County each year. Through the grant, students receive $1,000 to $2,500 each year to support their education. The Foundation is working toward funding a similar Whitley County scholarship through an endowed fund.

The Foundation is celebrating its 75th year of being in the community. Established on Feb. 26, 1938, the Foundation created the link between "town and gown" that continues today.

A Polish-born chemist, Jacob L. Brenn, and a Huntington College professor, Fred A. Loew, who met over a mutual interest in bringing soybean cultivation to Huntington County, are credited with the incorporation of the first Huntington University (then College) Foundation.

Today, the Foundation continues the university's mission "to educate men and women to impact our world for Christ."

To learn more about the Foundation and how to give to support local scholarships, visit or call 260-356-6000 or email at