New Scholarship Fund
in Memory of Mike Orris
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January 23, 2020:
The family and friends of Mike Orris and the Washington County Fair Association recently made generous donations to create a new endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Washington County to provide for an annual scholarship. The first scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to a member of the graduating Class of 2020 who has been a participant in Washington County 4-H or FFA for 4 years.
Mike Orris, a long-time community member, veteran and volunteer member of the Washington Fair Board for 50+ years passed away this past summer at the age of 92. “They don’t make volunteers like Mike anymore,” said Fair Board member, Jarrod Horning. “He has had a huge impact on our organization over the past 50+ years.”
When the Fair Association was approached by Mike’s family to create this fund, they were immediately onboard with the idea.
“The Community Foundation is uniquely capable of creating a fund such as this,” said Executive Director, Millie Youngquist. “Our whole purpose is to create permanent endowment funds that continue providing money to support local non-profits and their causes. We are especially honored to create a fund in the memory of such a community leader and volunteer.”
Donations of any amount to this fund qualify for the Endow Iowa tax credit, a program giving donors a state tax credit of 25% of the amount of their donation. Individuals interested in making a donation to this fund may donate by writing a check to: The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, writing “Mike Orris Memorial Scholarship Fund” in the memo line, and mailing it to: The Community Foundation of Washington County, Attn: Millie Youngquist, 831 South 13th Ave., Washington, IA 52353.
Scholarship application forms are available on the Fair Association website: washingtoncountyfairia.com and the Community Foundation of Washington County’s website: cfwashingtoncounty.org. Applications will also be available from area high school guidance counselors and FFA advisors and at the Washington County Extension Office.