Share a Vision. . .
Ionia Public Schools, through unanimous action of its Board of Education in February 2005, approved an alliance with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Ionia County Community Foundation to create its own Scholarship Endowment Fund.
. . . Reach for a Goal
The school district’s primary goal is to increase its ability to award scholarships to every graduate continuing his or her studies.
. . . Reap the Benefit
Opportunities under the Community Foundation umbrella include tax advantages to contributors, the security of a larger foundation, and outstanding investment management and oversight. In addition, your gift to the Scholarship Fund may qualify for both State and Federal tax deductions (if you itemize) and because your donation will go to an endowed fund at a community foundation you may receive additional tax benefits through the Michigan State Tax Credit for Community Foundations. For more information visit www.grfoundation.org
Make a Contribution. . .
The School District is accepting contributions to its Scholarship Endowment Fund, which you can support through:
** Cash gifts
** Memorial gifts
** Gifts of stock or other securities
** Life insurance policies and IRA or 401(k) plans that name the Fund as beneficiary
** Estate plans
The mission of the Ionia Public Schools Scholarship Endowment Fund is to establish an endowment to provide perpetual funding for the distribution of financial scholarships to graduates of Ionia High School for continuing education.
For more information about how to include the Ionia Public Schools Scholarship Endowment Fund in your estate plans, please contact a member of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation development team at 616-454-1751.
Anyone who is interested in contributing to the Scholarship Endowment Fund and wants to take advantage of the available tax credit should write the check payable to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and note Ionia Public Schools Scholarship Fund on the memo line of the check. Checks should be mailed to:
Ionia Public Schools
Scholarship Endowment Fund
250 E. Tuttle Road
Ionia, MI 48846
Phone (616) 527-9280
FAX (616) 527-8846
. . .Meet the Governing Board
Dr. Patricia L. Batista, Superintendent, is pleased to name the individuals willing to serve as board members of the Scholarship Fund: The Honorable Robert Sykes, Probate Judge, and Marilee Buxton, IMS Counselor, cochairmen; Linda Ciangi, Tom O’Connor, Gary Swinehart, Becky Magee, Lynn Sterner, Carol Beck-Blundy, Laurie Tjalsma, Mary Patrick, Dave O’Mara, Board of Education representative, and Beth Davis, IHS Principal. These individuals represent alumni, parents, and community members.
Superintendent Batista, Director of Finance Don Wilcox, and Community Relations Director Maureen Meade will serve as non-voting members.
"Ionia Public Schools stresses learning as a lifelong process. It is so exciting to project ahead to a time when our district can not only provide a quality K-12 education but can also be a partner in opening the door to higher education for all our students. We’re counting on our alliance with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to help us make this vision a reality."
Superintendent Dr. Patricia L. Batista.