Holmes County Education Foundation

Rating: 4.9 stars   10 reviews

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Location: 114 North Clay Street Millersburg OH USA

Mission: The Holmes County Education Foundation strengthens our community by helping Holmes County residents pursue further education opportunities.
Results: Since 1991, well over $5,700,000 has been granted for the betterment of Holmes County youth and adults. This has been accomplished by the awarding of college scholarships, professional development grants, Amish Vocational Training grants, Senior Series grants, and assistance to the Holmes County College Access Program
Target demographics: Holmes County, Ohio residents
Geographic areas served: Holmes County, Ohio

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Rating: 5 stars  

Holmes County Education Foundation truly made a difference in our children's lives. They were able to borrow less for their college tuition, but more importantly the scholarships gave them some ownership and a sense of community. When one of our children's G.P.A. dropped below the criteria for keeping the scholarship. He felt like he was letting the hard-working people of Holmes County down; he worked very hard to get it back up by the end of the semester for not only the money, but for his community. The scholarships from the Homes County Education Foundation have been a gift of a "sense of community" to our children. Thank you to the people who make this possible.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the gifts and growth it has made possible in my children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

From my time in an OCAN grant-funded position, I can state unequivocally that I think the Education Foundation is the crown jewel of an accomplished number of superb organizations in Holmes County. Since its beginning, the HCEF has had a clearly defined and administered mission. Their 20+ years of success can be seen in the number of scholars who have brought themselves and their excellence back to serve their Holmes County neighbors through a variety of professions. It was truly a joy for me to work with their dedicated Board and efficient staff, and to lend my fund raising expertise in mentoring their outstanding Executive Director.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as their grant-funded Gift Planning consultant.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The HCEF is a community resource because the original donor and the current donors believe in education as a way to improve the life of all residents of Holmes County. The belief has come true in the hundreds of success stories of Holmes County young persons who have become more productive citizens with the help of HCEF. It is not just the young who benefit from HCEF. Many mature persons have received vital skill training from resources provided by HCEF. Additionally, the expense ratio for HCEF is very low relative to other foundations. The dollars are wisely spent and the emphasis is on the student.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that its focus is on helping persons of all ages to grow in their personal abilities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were traqined and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do more assistance in the local community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter received a scholarship from the HCEF, which was a great help and encouragement in her higher education. In addition she received good advice and help from the staff at the HCEF. It was my pleasure to serve on the Advisory Board and get to know the staff, board members, some donors and some recipients. The Holmes County Education Foundation has, and will continue to be a great help to many Holmes County Students as they continue their education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes, in the life of our daughter and many other students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have had a child go on to college and the HCEF not only provides scholarships, which is a huge benefit to educate kids from our area, but is also a resource in skills and interest assesments and college searches.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the number of scholarships awarded and the lists of kids who benefit.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Higher education is expensive, and especially for high school students it is a daunting undertake to research, apply, and fund their schooling. The Holmes County Education Foundation has been very supportive and helpful throughout the entire process; they make themselves visible and approachable to students. While I would have gone to college without the help of the Foundation, it has been a great solid rock of reassurance for me that people do want you to succeed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I myself have gratefully received scholarship money, as have many of my friends who wanted and did pursue higher education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more scholarships! I understand the Foundation takes donations and that the general public must be one to fund it, but, as they say, the more the merrier! Continue with the aggressive Facebook presence!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The relief of financial burden lifting slightly off my shoulders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is always friendly, helpful, and quick to respond to my frantic email inquiries.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help more Holmes County students better themselves by creating more scholarships.

Ways to make it better...

I would have worked more diligently with the Foundation to find outside scholarships.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding generous people and organizations to donate money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love the Foundation, and if I ever am financially able...I want to donate my own money to Holmes County students!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

For years, I had two part-time jobs serving people in Holmes County. My "day job" was with Big Brothers Big Sisters, where I helped recruit and screen community volunteers to mentor youth. I also provided support for the "matches" and planned group activities. My "evening job" was (and still is) with Buckeye Career Center's ABLE adult education program, where I teach GED and basic literacy classes at Hiland High School two evenings per week. Several fellow professionals had spoken very highly of their experiences in the Leadership Holmes County program. Although I had wanted to participate for a couple of years, I knew that I couldn't personally cover the cost and that neither of the organizations I worked for could supply the funding. Someone suggested that I check with the Holmes County Education Foundation and see if I might be eligible for a scholarship. I applied, and because of HCEF, was able to take advantage of this wonderful program, which has enhanced my leadership skills, increased my knowledge of county resources and history, and allowed me to network with and learn from other people I might not have otherwise met. I believe that because of Holmes County Education Foundation, I am a better teacher and resource to the adult learners who come through my GED class each year. This year, I learned that a former student who earned his GED is actually currently in medical school and doing amazing things! Because of state budget cuts, the test fee for the GED was put back to the students last year, and this financial matter is a considerable barrier for some people. The Holmes County Education Foundation recognizes the importance of undergirding those people who have put forth the effort to prepare to take their GED test. Earning a GED certificate can be a key step to a more stable future with greater career opportunities, and ultimately a broader ability to "give back" to the community. HCEF partnered with Buckeye Career Center to cover half of the test fee for those students who came through the ABLE program at Hiland. I have great appreciation and respect for the work of HCEF and the many ways they enhance the futures of community members.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a scholarship to participate in Leadership Holmes County, and as a GED/ABLE teacher for adults who receive a partial scholarship from HCEF to take the GED test.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my son wanted to go to college the whole idea of FASFA forms, scholarships, etc., was like Greek. The Holmes County Education Foundation put on a seminar, had a kit of information put together, and was there to help anyone who was not comfortable processing forms on their own.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because of the information they gave us my son was able to receive a scholarship to help defray college costs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the information they provided was complete.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and so willing to help. They are very committed to their job and helping others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

give out more college scholarships and educate more people to get them in college.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a Board Member for less than two years, but a long time contributor to the Foundation. This Foundation has made a tremendous impact on furthering education of Holmes County residents. The scholarships that have been awarded since the beginning of the Fondation have benefited hundreds of students from our County. In addition they fund programs that benefit our large Amish community as well. An overall excellent local Foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the unmet needs of students as we award scholarships.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting financial needs of hundreds of students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, passionate and caring amount the mission of the Foundation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

award significantly more in scholarships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I grew up in Holmes County and come back each year from North Carolina to our Holmesville Alumni Banquet. Having written a book Holmesville, Ohio - Our Home Town because I felt compelled to help preserve the legacy of this wonderful place to grow up, I put similar importance to helping fund Holmes County educational efforts. My parents Roy and Dorothy Stallman fostered the importance of education and a Scholarship Fund has been created in their name. I am honored to be a part of the Education Foundation's work. David A. Stallman

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were very friendly, cooperative and knowledgible.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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