Licking County Foundation’s donors come from every walk of life…every generation…and their interests are as varied as the people they wish to serve. Yet each of our donors has something in common—an unmistakable desire to improve their community. We are truly grateful to the individuals, families and organizations that have recently established these charitable funds:


Centenary United Methodist Church Legacy Endowment Fund
An agency fund established by the Church Council of the Centenary United Methodist Church to provide an ongoing source of income for operations and programs. Centenary's Vision is: We will be a church bursting with music, song, praise and laughter. Through prayer, we will be connected with God's presence and with each other. In a close-knit community, we will share our lives and concerns. In love, our congregation will invite, serve, and welcome those who are in need of God's love and Christ's saving grace.

Chamberlain – Powers Memorial Mathematics Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund established by Carole Ann Chamberlain who taught mathematics at Newark High School (NHS) for 36 years of a 42-year teaching career, retiring in 2008. This scholarship was also created in memory of Wilbur Powers who was the one-time chair of the Mathematics Department at NHS until 1982. Mr. Powers taught at NHS for 24 years of a 35-year teaching career. Mrs. Chamberlain and Mr. Powers were outstanding teachers, totally devoted to mathematics learning, and demanding the best of their students. The scholarship assists Newark High School graduating seniors who demonstrate outstanding achievement in AP Calculus and want to further their studies at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university. The recipient selection will be made by the AP Calculus teacher at NHS.

Courthouse Square Fountain Fund
A project fund established by The City of Newark for the purpose of raising funds to install a new fountain on Courthouse Square in downtown Newark.

Pam DeVaul Giving Back Fund
A designated agency fund established through the estate of Pamela Marie DeVaul to assist the Village of Hebron for the purpose of constructing and maintaining a “Welcome to Hebron” entrance sign; and the Lakewood Local School District for the purpose of supporting a program that involves community volunteers with tutoring struggling elementary school students (K to 5) in reading. The grant can be used to provide reading materials, relevant computer software, and training for teachers and/or tutors. Pam, who passed away in August 2013, was retired from the State of Ohio Department of Agriculture, and was a member of Hebron Village Council. She was very active with the Lakewood school board and in the Hebron community. She organized the OhioReads program at Lakewood schools and through it touched many children’s lives.

Dennis Frey and Melody Bascom Frey Student Travel Grant Fund
A field of interest fund established by Dennis Frey and Melody Bascom Frey for providing financial support to individual students or a student group from Newark High School or Watkins Memorial High School for international travel. Dennis and Melody Frey are passionate about traveling. Dennis grew up in Newark and attended Newark High School. Melody grew up in the Kirkersville area and graduated from Watkins Memorial High School. Both worked in Licking County, Dennis with the Newark Police Department and Melody as a teacher for Southwest Licking Schools at Kirkersville Elementary. After retirement, Dennis and Melody increased their overseas travels. The Freys want students to have the opportunity to expand their understanding of the world, develop appreciation for diversity, and build memories through travel.

Sergeant Dennis Frey and K-9 Bernie Frey Police Equipment Grant Fund
A field of interest fund established by Dennis Frey to provide grants to any Licking County Law Enforcement Agency to acquire dogs for K-9 units, finance specialized training, or to purchase equipment that will enrich the police agency and help serve the community. The Frey brothers were active in numerous civic organizations and the Newark Police Department. Bernard started the K-9 unit. Dennis assisted this unit in the early years, while Bernie continued to help with dog demonstrations and events even after his retirement. Dennis participated in the Honor Guard and was Head of the Technical Accident Investigation Unit, chairman of the Building Committee, and Head of the Police Reserve Unit. Both received special recognition for their achievements; and both felt it a civic responsibility to give back to the community.

Heath Education Foundation Fund
A donor advised fund established by the Heath Education Foundation Board for the purpose of providing ongoing financial support for the benefit of the students and educators of Heath City Schools in furtherance of educational efforts in specific areas such as teacher and principal grants, recognition of educational excellence, and other special projects.

Heath Education Foundation Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund established by the Heath Education Foundation Board to assist graduating seniors from Heath High School who wish to further their studies at an accredited college or university. The Heath Education Foundation is dedicated to furthering educational excellence in Heath City Schools and helping students achieve their goals of pursuing post-secondary education.

Licking Park District Boyd Wilkins Reserve Fund
An agency fund established by the Licking Park District Board for the purposes of maintenance, improvement and educational programs for the Licking Park District’s Boyd Wilkins Reserve property (located at 1170 Wilkins Road NE in Newark, Ohio) which is a 168-acre farm donated in 2007 by Donald and Margaret Boyd.

Charlene Litterini Memorial Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund established by Don Litterini in memory of his wife Charlene Litterini, who spent 30 years as a teacher in the Johnstown-Monroe School District. During her career, Mrs. Litterini started teaching elementary students then continued teaching Social Studies and Remedial Reading in the Adams Middle School. After retiring, she continued helping children as a private tutor. A long-time resident of Johnstown, Charlene Litterini was born in Gallipolis, Ohio and passed away in February 2013. Married for 51 years, the Litterinis have two children, daughter Teri Hiter and son Shawn Litterini; and a grandson, Giovanni Litterini. This scholarship assists graduates of Johnstown-Monroe High School who plan to further their studies at an accredited college, university, vocational/technical school or other post-secondary institutions.

Van and Mildred Ross Memorial Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund established by the Last Will and Testament of Mildred Ruth Ross who passed away in September 2012 at 93 years of age. Along with her husband, Van Arthur Ross, she was a long-time resident of Croton, Ohio. Mr. Ross was a real estate agent who passed away in December 2007 at 88 years of age. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ross were active in the Sunbury Chapters of the Masons and the Eastern Star. They also enjoyed camping and spending winters in Florida. The scholarship assists Northridge High School graduating seniors who plan to further their studies at an accredited college, university, vocational, technical school or other post-secondary institutions.

Daniel and Sharon Stricker Fund
A field of interest fund established by Daniel Stricker to support the recreational and educational activities for youth with preference given to economically disadvantaged children. This fund is also created in memory of Sharon Stricker who passed away in 2000. She taught at Hazelwood, Hartzler, Central and Cherry Valley schools in Newark. Dan is a retired dentist.

Sullivan Building Preservation Fund
A project fund established for the purpose of raising funds to protect, preserve and restore this nationally significant architectural treasure for the enjoyment of many generations to come.

Licking County Foundation is truly honored to carry out the charitable wishes of our donors now and into perpetuity. Thank you for your care and compassion.