MarionMade! to lead 2018 Popcorn Parade as grand marshal

The 2018 Marion Popcorn Festival Parade will step off at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, and receiving the honor of Grand Marshal and leading the 2018 parade will be MarionMade! MarionMade!, an initiative led by Marion Community Foundation, is about loving our Marion area’s people, places, products and programs; about acting like someone who […]

165 students receive scholarships through Marion Community Foundation, $385,000 awarded

From a single $1,000 scholarship to 165 recipients of awards totaling $385,000, Marion Community Foundation’s scholarship program has come a long way in 20 years. And, the scholarship program continues to grow. “We have come a long way since 1999 and there are good reasons for that,” said Dean Jacob, President and CEO. The total […]

First scholarships from Whirlpool wind turbine project announced

Turning wind power into scholars is what the partnership of Whirlpool Corporation’s Marion Operations and One Energy LLC has accomplished. In 2018, eight local students have been selected by Marion Community Foundation’s scholarship committee to receive the appliance manufacturer’s STEM scholarships. These include: Jason Joehlin, James Lee, Franklyn Lofton, Phillip Nicol, Joshua Niles, Dawson Pike, […]

Community Foundation opens 2018 scholarship program

Marion Community Foundation’s 2018 Scholarship Program is now underway for area high school seniors and graduates. The Foundation’s scholarship program, which has grown exponentially since its first award in 2000, now includes 116 funds. Last year, the Foundation’s scholarship funds generated 193 awards – totaling just over $291,000 – for 140 Marion area high school […]

Community Foundation awards nearly $300,000 in scholarships

Marion Community Foundation has announced more than $291,000 in awards to 140 Marion area high school seniors and graduates in its 2017 Scholarship Program. “This year, we are awarding 193 scholarships to local students to help them further their education and career goals,” said President and CEO Dean L. Jacob. “We are thankful to Marion […]

MarionMade! initiative earns PRSA PRism Award

The MarionMade! community pride initiative was recently awarded a 2017 PRism Award from the Central Ohio Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).  The nomination was submitted jointly by communications firm FraizerHeiby and Marion Community Foundation, the sponsor of MarionMade! “We have been overwhelmingly pleased by the community’s response to MarionMade!,” said Lori […]

Community collaboration results in demolition of buildings, park expansion

A downtown eyesore that has worn out its welcome is on its way to becoming a community asset.  The fire-ravaged buildings at 146 and 148 S. Main St. are about to be razed thanks to a major community collaboration. In their place, for at least the time being, will be an expansion of Founders Park. […]

MarionMade!, a community-wide pride effort, launches

Marion, Ohio, has an illustrious past, a vibrant present, and a promising future; and, stories that need to be told.  This is the premise behind a new, far-reaching, community-wide effort known as MarionMade! — designed to encourage residents to look at Marion with fresh eyes. “We have many good people looking at solutions and positive […]

Application period opens for 2017 Community Foundation scholarship program

A simple thank you can best explain the focus and importance of the Marion Community Foundation Scholarship Program. Kara Kubbs, a Robert M. & Dorothy C. Wopat Scholarship recipient, wrote, “The generosity you have offered the community is amazing; and, I am appreciative. You have continued to help me pursue my dream, as well as […]

Preston is Marion’s 2017 New Year’s baby, OhioHealth joins MarionMade! effort

Preston Carter Osborne was welcomed into the world as the first baby born at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital for the 2017 year. Preston was born at 1:50pm on January 1, 2017 to Jeffrey and Ashely Osborne. Preston weighed in at eight pounds, three ounces and was 21 1/2 inches long. He was delivered by Rebecca […]