New for Year 2013!
Meet our new Executive Director.
The Benton County Foundation board of directors welcomes Paula M. Grace in her new role as Executive Director. Ms. Grace is an attorney with extensive experience working with non profits. She is returning home to Oregon after working many years in California. Ms. Grace’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, February 21, 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Benton County Foundation’s philanthropic service to our communities and youth in Benton County and surrounding areas. Since 1953 visionaries in Benton County developed a tradition of endowing funds to ensure the future of our youth, citizens and communities in perpetuity.
Each year, the Benton County Foundation manages two educational scholarship cycles and one community grant cycle. The scholarship cycles include one for graduating seniors from Benton County High schools and renewal scholarships for selected scholarships awarded to past high school graduates.
The second educational scholarship cycle is for students that will attend or currently are enrolled at Oregon State University. These scholarships have specific criteria for nationality or ethnic status. The OSU Opportunity Scholarships cycle for foreign or minority students attending Oregon State University as of Fall term 2013 has closed for this year. Please check our website after January 1st for the 2014-2015 applications.
In addition the Benton County Foundation accepts grant applications from area nonprofit agencies through an annual grant cycle. The 2013 Grant cycle is currently open and accepting applications for community grants. The 2013 Grant applications are due April 30, 2012. All applications postmarked or delivered after their respective deadline date will not be considered. Applications can be delivered to 660 NW Harrison Blvd. from Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Community Grant Application
The Benton County Foundation community grants program provides funding for non-profit organizations within Benton County, Oregon through a grant review process. Funds for these grants are made possible through the unrestricted gifts given to the Foundation by area citizens and businesses. The 2013 grant applications are due Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Instructions are on our Grants link.
Download Community Grant Application
Scholarships for Benton County High Schools Graduates
The educational scholarship application for graduating Benton County high school students are available through Benton County high school counseling offices. The application deadline has expired for year 2013. Please check with your school counseling or career office for the scholarships offered at your high school after January 15, 2014 for next year’s scholarship opportunities.
Renewable Scholarships for Benton County Graduates previously awarded scholarships
The deadline has expired for the Benton County Foundation renewal scholarships for Benton County high school graduates who received selected scholarships from BCF at graduation in a prior year. Please check our website after January 1st for the 2014-2015 applications. If you received a Dale & Thomasina Trout Scholarship, Loren J. & Audrey W. Smith Scholarship or Knights of Pythias Scholarship as a graduating senior you may want to apply for renewal of that scholarship.
The Benton County Foundation is a 501( c )(3) public, charitable community foundation that provides a community service for the residents in Adair Village, Alsea, Burnt Woods, Corvallis, Kings Valley, Monroe, North Albany, Philomath, Wren and throughout Benton County by managing asset funds for individuals, families and organizations. The Foundation distributed over $431,000 in 2012 to support local non-profit agencies and student scholarships! If you like to learn more about the philanthropic opportunities offered by us please contact us!