Investing in brighter futures for all!

We support BCSC and its mission. We believe in the power of: Partnerships, Collaborations, Innovations, Inclusiveness and Diversity.

The Foundation has adopted broad goals that include: Improved literacy for all students and improved and expanded experiences for all high school students.

The Foundation has broad community financial support for its projects. Each year it reaches out to private individuals, businesses, and charitable foundations to help fund its activities. These contributions have enabled the Foundation to consistently support scholarships and a wide range of “Bright Ideas” grants.

OUR MISSION

To support the work of BCSC and by promoting awareness and philanthropy for programs that help students achieve educational excellence.

OUR VISION

All Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation students are achieving their full potential as learners.

OUR PRINCIPLES

We support BCSC and its mission. We believe in the power of: Partnerships, Collaborations, Innovations, Inclusiveness and Diversity.

MEET THE STAFF

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Nicole Cunningham

Executive Director

 

Nicole believes in the possibilities for each and every child. It is this belief that fuels her work with BCSF. Nicole, a lifelong Hoosier, has worked in higher education for several years, and has seen first-hand how strong foundations lead to success later in life. Nicole taught first-year seminar courses at Indiana University, was a career counselor at Ivy Tech, and worked for four years at a nonprofit specializing in planned giving. Nicole has been a go-to volunteer wherever her son has been enrolled in school. She has been a room mother, fundraiser, academic competition proctor, reading helper, Destination Imagination coach, and field trip chaperone. She lives in Columbus with her son, a BCSC student, her husband, an engineer, and their three cats.

BCSF HISTORY

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Our Foundation began with a small innovative group of citizens passionate about education. Through their passion, they created the Columbus School Foundation on November 16, 1955 and began providing private funding to enrich students educational experiences. The original 15 visionaries of the founding board included: Mary Bottorff, Robert Brown, Lowell Engleking, Lewis N. Essex, Louise Fish, Muriel Hamilton, Jane Kinney, W.R. Law, Jr., L.A. Lockwood, John Marshall, Xenia Miller, J.P. Reeves, A.D. Silva, Jr., W.L. Wissman and Florence Zaring.

 

After 11 years, the public schools in the area combined to form the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation under a new single administration. To continue the School Foundation’s show of support, the Foundation changed its name to the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation, also known as BCSF. In the first 40 years alone, BCSF awarded more than $1,000,000 to various projects serving the students of the Bartholomew County area!

We are proud to continue the founding board’s vision for creativity and innovation each year through grants, scholarships and awards. In 2018, BCSF embarked on a journey seeking growth to create more impact opportunities for educators and students. We hope you will join us during this exciting time!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sydell Gant

BCSC Taylorsville Elementary

Mike Jamerson

Retired BCSC Technology Director

Tyler Nickerson 

First Financial 

Rachel Quisenberry 

Cummins, Inc.

Megan McGriff

Toyota Material Handling

 

Shyamala Raghunathan

Self-employed, Career Practitioner

 

Dr. Jim Roberts

BCSC Superintendent

 

John Whittington

Grammer Industries

 

 

Michelle Findley

Findley Law 

BCSF President

 

Tami Iorio

Northside Pediatrics

BCSF Vice President

Amy Dixon

Northside Middle School

BCSF Secretary

Adam Schumm

Cummins Inc.

BCSF Treasurer

Dr. Laura Hack

BCSC Administration

Todd Grimes

BCSC School Board

John Hayden 

Edward Jones