One Donor's Story
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
“God has given to us, and He uses us as a tool to help people,” said William and Patricia Schantz. Their philosophy on the importance of giving has always
been a part of their lives, as well as their friends’ lives, throughout the years. Their first “giving” role models were in the business community because
business leaders were acutely aware of the significant impact they made in the lives of Blackford County residents.
Their interest in education led them to establish the William E. and Patricia A. Schantz Community Scholarship Fund with the Blackford
County Community Foundation. A Blackford High School senior who is awarded the scholarship for his/her freshman year can renew it for three subsequent
years if he or she maintains good academic standing and still attends an accredited Indiana college.
“It has been so rewarding to receive letters from the scholarship recipients throughout the years. We enjoy reading about what they are doing with their
lives,” commented Mrs. Schantz. “There was even one mother who wrote thank you letters keeping us informed of her daughter’s progress.”
Deciding to establish a fund or scholarship through the Foundation impacts the individuals of Blackford County. “Giving gives you a good
feeling, because it helps others,” commented the Schantzes. They continue to focus on enhancing the quality of life for the Blackford County community.