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Firelands Endowment

The Firelands Endowment

The Firelands Endowment Fund is supported by the Community Foundation of Lorain County. The Community Foundation is a non-profit organization that began in 1980 and is dedicated to making all of Lorain County a better place to live and work. The Foundation is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors who hire investment managers who pools all assets to increase investment diversification, thereby reducing costs. 
Locally, we have Endowment Trustee's who oversee the accounts managed for The Firelands Local School Districts. These dedicated individuals are able to award as much as 5.5% of the average market value of each account, annually. Earnings are reinvested into the principal to keep the funds growing for future needs. This support will be used to enhance non-required school programs and student scholarships. The Firelands Endowment Fund shall be used for the support and enhancement of Education within The Firelands Local School District.
To date, The Firelands Endowment Trustees distributed 450 grants totaling over $500,000 and 325 scholarships totaling over $360,000!


FHS Received a New Outdoor Classroom
The Firelands Endowment has provided an outdoor classroom at the new high school. Click here to read more.

Connect to a Cause 2023: 
Save the Date!
The Firelands Schools Endowment trustees will once again partner with the Community Foundation of Lorain County for its “Connect to a Cause Day”, a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign that generates donations for the Endowment Fund.

Read about the results from Connect to a Cause 2022 here.

Scholarship Opportunities

2023 Endowment Scholarships that were available:

Applications are available in the Guidance Office or on-line or through a Google application. Deadline for application was February 28, 2023. 

Congratulations to the 2023 Endowment Scholarship Winners!



Donations to the various accounts allows the Endowment Trustees to continue to support our programs and our students. Your contributions are necessary to keep this program growing and they are sincerely appreciated.

To choose a fund to donate to, please click:

You will be taken to the Community Foundation's website. Under keyword simply type Firelands Schools. You will see all of the different accounts that are set up to benefit a FLSD student or program.

The Firelands Endowment Committee proudly supports the following accounts:

  1. Firelands Endowment Fund John and Ethel Lupe Memorial Fund
  2. Firelands Schools 1970 Champions Scholarship Fund
  3. Firelands Schools Bechtel Family Scholarship Fund
  4. Firelands Schools Cameron Greene Scholarship
  5. Firelands Schools Community Scholarship Fund
  6. Firelands Schools Debbie Cook Fine Arts Scholarship Fund
  7. Firelands Schools Endowment Fund
  8. Firelands Schools Fine Arts Endowment Fund
  9. Firelands Schools Firelands FFA Educational Fund
  10. Firelands Schools HA Born Scholarship for FFA
  11. Firelands Schools John W. Hostetler Scholarship Fund
  12. Firelands Schools Marilyn Immler Memorial Scholarship Fund
  13. Firelands Schools Milad and Fanny Abraham Endowment Fund
  14. Firelands Schools Susan Beecheler Scholarship for Future Teachers Fund
  15. Firelands Schools The Steve and Courtney Ortner Family FFA Endowment Fund
  16. Firelands Schools Walter and Luella Tuttle Fund for Teachers
Your donations are sincerely appreciated and will assist students for many years to come.


Ann Buchs, President 
Jerry Born, Vice President 
Dan Pycraft, Treasurer 
Kathy Whitmore, Secretary 
Barb Bechtel
Bob Danicki 
Amy Hignett
Scott Northeim
Kristi Palmer
Tammy Schultz
Diane Zimmer
Kelsey Horton
Keri Angney, Ex-Officio
Mike Von Gunten, Ex-Officio


Contact Information

Firelands Endowment

Superintendent FLSD
Treasurer FLSD

Learn more!

History, Purpose, and more!
Learn about the Community Foundation and the different ways you can support this mission.
A quick read to learn about the Firelands Schools Endowment Fund.