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Ionia Public Schools
Scholarship Endowment Fund
250 E. Tuttle Road
Ionia, MI 48846
Phone (616) 527-9280

FAX (616) 527-8846

Shared Vision

In February 2005 Ionia Public Schools, through unanimous action of its Board of Education, approved an alliance with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Ionia County Community Foundation to create its own Scholarship Endowment Fund.

More than one hundred individual and group contributions helped bring the Scholarship Endowment Fund to a current balance of over a million dollars. Since October 2005 one hundred and forty employees of Ionia Public Schools contributed $66,000 to the Scholarship Fund through payroll withholdings. $376,765
in scholarships have been granted to Ionia High School graduates with the scholarship funds at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.


The school district's primary goal is to increase its ability to award scholarships to every graduate continuing his or her studies.


of Giving

Opportunities under the Community Foundation umbrella include the security of a larger foundation and outstanding investment management and oversight. In addition, your gift to the Scholarship Endowment Fund qualifies you for federal tax deductions if you itemize.

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The school district is accepting contributions to its Scholarship Endowment Fund. You can participate by giving in the following ways:

  • cash gifts
  • memorial gifts
  • gifts of stock or other securities
  • life insurance policies and IRA or 401(k) plans that name the Fund as beneficiary
  • wills
  • estate plans

If you wish to make a contribution, our website has a printable mail-in form for your convenience.


The Ionia Public Schools' Scholarship Endowment Fund mission is the establishment of an endowment to provide perpetual funding for the distribution of financial scholarships to graduates of Ionia High School for continuing education.

Governing Board

Ron Wilson, Superintendent, is pleased to name his fellow representatives consisting of alumni, parents, and community members serving on the Board of the Scholarship Endowment Fund:

The Honorable Robert Sykes, Probate Judge

Marilee Buxton, Ionia Middle School Counselor

Adrienne Barna, IPS Finance Director

Linda Ciangi

Gary Swinehart

Lynn Sterner

Walt Downes

Carol Beck-Blundy

Laurie Tjalsma

Dave O'Mara, Representative, IPS Board of Education

Jon Duley, Principal, Welch High School

Ben Gurk, Principal, Ionia High School

Danna Fuller, Ionia High School Visual Arts Instructor

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