Piqua Community Foundation accepts nominations for Hinsch Community Service Awards

The Piqua Community Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Awards.

The Hinsch awards are offered annually to one male and one female volunteer serving a Piqua nonprofit organization. The awards are unique because the honorees are selected based on activities done on behalf of one organization during one specific calendar year, in this case 2020. Last year’s recipients were Jim Robinson, a volunteer for the Piqua Area Chamber Foundation, and Catherine “Cathy” Large, a volunteer for the Bethany Center.

Catherine “Cathy” Large, a volunteer for the Bethany Center, left, and Jim Robinson, a volunteer for the Piqua Area Chamber Foundation, were awarded the Hinsch Community Service Awards in May 2020. Nominations are now accepted for this year’s awards through The Piqua Community Foundation.

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

Scott & Margaret Hinsch

The fund that provides the monetary awards was established at The Piqua Community Foundation by Scott and Margaret Hinsch’s children and their spouses, John and Marsha Hinsch and Linda and the late Bob Campbell. The awards honor Scott and Margaret’s legacy of service to the Piqua community.

The annual award recipients receive a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency will receive a $2,000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer. The organizational grant amount marks an increase from previous years, as the family wishes to recognize the nonprofit with an impactful award that can be used however the agency needs.

The deadline for nomination submission is March 15, 2021. Download the Margaret W. Hinsch and Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Awards guidelines and nomination form HERE.

The Piqua Community Foundation opens 2021 scholarship programs

The Piqua Community Foundation has opened its 2021 scholarship season and welcomes applications from local students.

Scholarships through The Foundation are made possible by fund donors who value continuing education and wish to give back to the community. Each of the scholarships offered is distinct in its guidelines directed by the donor when the fund was established. Application deadlines are in spring 2021 and are listed for each individual program.

Scholarship information is available through local schools’ guidance counselors or by visiting piquacommunityfoundation.org/scholarships. Questions about The Foundation’s scholarship programs may be directed to info@piquacommunityfoundation.org or 937.615.9080.

Spencer K. Peltier joins The Foundation Board of Directors

The Piqua Community Foundation Life Trustees elected Spencer K. Peltier to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting on November 10.

Spencer’s service on the board began on January 1, 2021, and continues through December 31, 2023.

Spencer fills the seat of former Board of Directors member Cheryl L. Burkhardt who retired at the end of December after 22 years of service, including two years as the board’s president.

Spencer was born at Piqua Memorial Hospital. He attended Piqua Catholic School and continued at Lehman Catholic High School, where he graduated in 2008. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts at Otterbein University. He became a financial planner at Thrivent in Dublin, Ohio, in 2014.

Having always wanted to move back to Piqua and be involved in the community, Spencer moved back to the area with his wife, Megan, to continue his career with Thrivent in 2016. The Peltiers have since welcomed their one -year-old daughter.

In addition to joining The Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors, Spencer serves as a board member for Awesome Piqua, The Salvation Army, Tecumseh Woods, Piqua DARE and FISH of Greenville. He is also a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoys going to Tecumseh Woods, golfing, playing softball and basketball, and visiting local restaurants.

In addition to Spencer, the Life Trustees re-elected five incumbent directors, who will also serve three-year terms from January 1, 2021, to December 31, 2023:

  • Mimi A. Crawford
  • Gail B. Peterson
  • Jim Sever
  • Emily E. Shawler
  • Steven K. Staley

See the full Piqua Community Foundation Board of Directors list here:

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