By Rebecca Herman
Since 1999, the Johnson County Community Foundation has been able to gift over $4.3 million to students, teachers, organizations, and community partners. What began as one scholarship fund has grown into four that raise money throughout the year in the hopes of enhancing Johnson County and the lives of community members. Funds have been raised by The Johnson County Growth Fund, Johnson County Endowment, Johnson County Scholarship Fund, and the Margaret M. Wachs Youth Leadership Fund.
On Monday, July 17 a reception was held at the Johnson County library to honor the recipients of this year’s scholarships and grants. The first recipients honored were students who received the Johnson County Educational Growth Scholarship. These students will receive $1,000 for up to two years: Caleb Arnett, Carlyn Eggers, Patti Kay Furches, Brianne Ward, and Montana Woodard. The Johnson County Scholarship was also awarded; this scholarship provides $8,000 for up to four years. The recipients for this scholarship were Tyler Berry, Arizona Woodard, and Nevada Woodard.
The following grants were awarded to teachers, organizations, and community partners:
Appalachian Service Project: Johnson County Home Repair Incentive
The Barter Foundation: Performance of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Barter Players on November 11, 2017
Dry Run Volunteer Fire Department: FLIR K33 Thermal Imaging Camera Kit
East Tennessee Spay & Neuter: Boo Boo Fund, which helps local low-income families with spay-neuter surgery and basic and urgent veterinary care costs
Friends of Johnson County Library: The Start of Something Big, which will bring Illustrator Michael P. White to Mountain City for a three day hands-on interactive writing and illustrating workshop with Johnson County school children
Heritage Hall Inc.: Barter Theatre: “Call of the Wild” and “Aesop’s Fables” for two daytime performances and one evening performance of “Aesop’s Fables”
Johnson County JAM: add a monthly workshop and repair and purchase new instruments to loan out to students
Long Journey Home: expanding event to four days. Event will take place Labor Day weekend, Thursday to Sunday and will include square dancing, dinner, busking on Main Street, live musical heritage homecoming tour, unveiling of art mural, art show, quilt show, and Sunday Singing.
Johnson County Center for the Arts: Shelving and displays for new building
Johnson County Farmer’s Market: Promotion and Expansion of FRE$H Savings matched SNAP dollars at Johnson County Farmers Market
Johnson County High School FFA: Reaching New Heights: purchase two drones to allow students to learn flight operations and gather and analyze data retrieved from drones
Johnson County High School Volleyball: volleyball camp, help complete uniform set, purchase short-sleeved jerseys, and get a roster board
Johnson County High School Latin Club: help with costs to attend the TJCL Latin Convention for competition in April 2018
Johnson County High School SkillsUSA: travel and competition costs for SkillsUSA to Chattanooga, TN and possibly Louisville, KY.
Johnson County Humane Society Inc.: assist low-income households with the cost to spay-neuter their cats and/or dogs
Johnson County Middle School Robotics Team: help with cost to buy parts for new robots for competition and competition fees
Johnson County School System: HOSA International Competition
Johnson County Senior Citizens Center: purchasing new furniture to create a more comfortable setting in order to improve socialization
Pregnancy Support Center of Johnson County: Healthy Beginnings Prenatal/ Infant Care Educational Incentive Program
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee: Food For Kids Back Pack Program
The First Tee of Tri-Cities: teach golf and life skills to students during physical education classes
UT/TSU Extension-Johnson County 4-H: funds would provide students to attend 4-H camp and conferences at a reduced cost.
This year the Johnson County Community Foundation along with the Wachs Youth Leadership Fund was able to award $47, 875.