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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 awarded  333 scholarships valued at $380,000.00 since 1991 plus approximately $400,000.00 in staff grants.


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

“Connect to a Cause 2022”

The Firelands Endowment participated in the Connect to a Cause 2022! 

The Firelands Schools Endowment Fund partnered with the Community Foundation of Lorain County and its “Connect to a Cause Day”, a 12-hour crowdfunding campaign that generated donations to the Endowment Fund.

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

Scholarship Opportunities

2022 Endowment Scholarships that are available:

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

Congratulations to the 2022 Endowment Scholarship Winners!

Milad & Fannie Abraham 5 @ $2,000
Madison Chenoweth, Mary Dempsey, Gemma Hager, Randi Johannsen, Larren Round 
Bechtel Family  1 @ $2,000
Joshua Gallo, Daniel Lima, Madalyn VanCooney  
Susan Beecheler 1 @ $1,000
Jadeyn Ramsey     

Debbie Cook  1 @ $750
 Amanda Mitchell       

 Firelands and South Amherst Rotary & Falcons Heroes Video 4 @ $1,000
Isabelle Davis, Ian Borton, Maggie Edwards, Rachel Rennie
Cameron Greene Memorial 1 @ $750
Noah Galloway      
John W Hostetler 1 @ $1,000
Stephenie Landers 
Marilyn Immler Memorial  1 @ $1,000
Alexander Krebs 
John & Ethel Lupe Memorial 1 @ $1,000
Natalie Novak 
Jim Solomon Memorial 1 @ $1,000
Michael Ranney   

The Steve and Courtney Ortner Ortner Family FFA  1 @ $1,000
Noah Galloway 

H.A. Born 1 @ $1,000
Noah Galloway 


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


Contact Information

Firelands Endowment

Superintendent FLSD
Treasurer FLSD

Learn 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.