2017-11-29 / Front Page

New arts scholarship for North Putnam High School


Art scholarship fund founder Linda Gjesvold plans to add to the North Putnam Dollars for Scholars scholarship fund over the next several years to benefit North Putnam students. Left to right, Elaine Peck, Executive Director; Alan Zerkel, North Putnam Dollars for Scholars President; Linda Gjesvold, Arts Scholarship Fund Founder; Ken Eitel, Putnam County Community Foundation President; Dean Gambill, Community Development Director. (Courtesy Photo) Art scholarship fund founder Linda Gjesvold plans to add to the North Putnam Dollars for Scholars scholarship fund over the next several years to benefit North Putnam students. Left to right, Elaine Peck, Executive Director; Alan Zerkel, North Putnam Dollars for Scholars President; Linda Gjesvold, Arts Scholarship Fund Founder; Ken Eitel, Putnam County Community Foundation President; Dean Gambill, Community Development Director. (Courtesy Photo) The Putnam County Community Foundation announced a new scholarship for graduates of North Putnam High School, the North Putnam Dollars for Scholars Arts Scholarship.

A one year award, students may reapply, and previous recipients will receive preference; so it is possible that the same student could receive support for up to four years of schooling and even graduate school.

The scholarship was established by Linda Gjesvold, who taught visual arts for 44 years, 43 of which were at North Putnam High School and Junior High.

“North Putnam has many past, present, and future talented students,” said Gjesvold. “I hope this scholarship will encourage them to follow their dreams.”

Gjesvold never dreamed of being able to create a scholarship, until she learned from her State Farm advisor, Brad Tucker, that she could make contributions by designating her IRA required minimum distribution as a charitable donation to the Community Foundation to fund the scholarship endowment. She plans to add to the scholarship over several years using this strategy.

The first Arts Scholarship will be awarded in 2018. For eligibility requirements, information, and to apply online, visit: www.northputnam. dollarsforscholars.org.

Alan Zerkel, President of North Putnam Dollars for Scholars, stated that this is the third endowed scholarship being administered by North Putnam Dollars for Scholars.

“These are scholarships that will continue to grow and support North Putnam graduates every year in perpetuity,” said Zerkel. “The partnership between the North Putnam Dollars for Scholars program and the Putnam County Community Foundation provides many benefits for our youth, who are the future of our community.”

The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to fulfill the charitable wishes of donors in perpetuity, award grants, and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. To discuss how to leave a charitable legacy, contact Elaine Peck, Executive Director, 765-653-4978 or epeck@pcfoundation.org.

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