Erie’s Future Fund Announces the Summer Scholars Program

Erie’s Future Fund Announces the Summer Scholars Program

Beginning in 2016, Erie’s Future Fund will offer a Summer Scholars program.  The Summer Scholars program will provide summer scholarships, allowing eligible children to attend a high-quality early childhood education program for three half-days a week.  Eligible families can choose from a participating high-quality program, enroll their child, and Erie’s Future Fund will pay for three-half days a week, up to eleven weeks, during the summertime.

How To Qualify for an Erie’s Future Fund Summer Scholarship:

Current Scholars:  Parent or Guardians must call Erie’s Future Fund (814)874-0144×19 to reserve a spot for the Summer Scholars program.  May 2 through May 6 is reserved for current scholar family summer registration.   Current Scholars may call after May 6, but the Summer Scholar program applications will be open to the public.  We will confirm your scholarship within a week of your phone call.

New ScholarsContact Michelle Harkins at Erie’s Future Fund, (814)874-0144×19, after May 6th to make a quick application appointment. Eligible families will be able to choose from a list of quality programs and enroll their child.

Who can apply?

  • Families must reside within Erie County,
  • Have an annual income at or below 185% of poverty (contact our Scholarship Director for specific income requirements), and
  • Have a child that will be attending kindergarten in one or two years. Please contact the Scholarship Director for further age requirements.

Erie’s Future Fund Summer Scholars Program was made possible due to the generosity of our partners. Thank you for giving more children in Erie County a chance to learn and succeed this summer!

American Tinning and Galvanizing
Erie Insurance
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Ms. Robin Scheppner
Ms. Lisa Strong
United Way of Erie County
UPMC Health Plan

Erie’s Future Fund also wishes to acknowledge the following four organizations below for their leadership, support and implementation of the fund: United Way of Erie County, Erie Community Foundation, Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commision, and United Way Success By 6, administered by Early Connections.  In addition, we are grateful to our donors who have made this fund possible. For a full list of current donors, please contact Darlene E. Kovacs at Early Connections, (814)874-0144.

Thank you Erie Insurance Group, for your continued partnership with Erie’s Future Fund!

Erie Insurance (for EFF donation TY)The Erie Insurance Group has been an Erie’s Future Fund partner for four years – On behalf of Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund, our scholars and their families thank you for your generosity.

Erie Insurance’s recent generosity will not only help fund scholarships during the school year, but also Erie’s Future Fund’s new Summer Scholar program!

Thank you UPMC Health Plan!

Thank you UPMC Health Plan for your recent donation to Erie’s Future Fund. UPMC Health Plan’s donation will not only help fund scholarships during the school year, but also Erie’s Future Fund’s new Summer Scholar program!upmc-health-plan-logo_color

Thank You CA Curtze Company!

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Early Connections is very thankful for CA Curtze Company’s support; they recently donated $10,000 to Erie’s Future Fund’s scholarship program.   Erie’s Future Fund, administered by Early Connections, provides scholarships to children from low-income families so that they may attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.

Pictured from left to right are Darlene E. Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections, and C. Bruce Kern, President of CA Curtze Company. 

Thank You American Tinning and Galvanizing!

American Tinning & Galvanizing 2015

Erie’s Future Fund is grateful to receive a $22,000 EITC donation from American Tinning and Galvanizing. One portion of the donation will help provide funding for scholarships to children from low-income families to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County during the school year.  Another portion of the donation will help Erie’s Future Fund’s Summer Scholars, a new program that will provide scholarships for children from low-income families to attend high-quality programs that offer educational activities and nutritious meals during their attendance in the summer months.

Pictured are: David Bertges, Financial and HR Manager; Rodney Chiarelli, Vice President; Robin Scheppner, President and Managing Owner.

 

Thank You Scott Enterprises!

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Early Connections recently recognized Scott Enterprises, Inc. for their donation of $23,485 to Erie’s Future Fund. This donation will be used to help more children receive a scholarship to attend a high-quality early childhood education program in Erie County.

From left to right:   Nick Scott Jr., Vice-President of Scott Enterprises;  Nick Scott, President of Scott Enterprises; Alison Scott, Executive Marketing Manager of Scott Enterprises;  Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director of Early Connections and Erie’s Future Fund; and Michelle Harkins, Associate Executive Director of Early Connections and Scholarship Director of Erie’s Future Fund.

 

VINYL PALOOZA! 2.0 – Thank you!

On behalf of the children and families served by Erie’s Future Fund scholarships, we would like to thank everyone who helped to make Vinyl Palozza 2.0 a success. We appreciate your generosity for this musically-inspired fundraiser. Proceeds support educational programs and scholarships, helping change the lives of the most vulnerable children within our community by providing a better chance for success in school and our future workforce.  We hope you will consider joining us again next year for Vinyl Palooza 3.0!

A special Thank You to Erie Experience Vinyl for hosting this event and to Mark at McCoy’s Barrelhouse & Grill for providing the venue and the sound system for Vinyl Palooza 2.0!

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THANK YOUTO OUR VINYL PALOOZA 2.0 EVENT SPONSORS

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Thank you to Dr. Joyce Miller, CEO of Northwest Institute of Research!  Dr. Miller climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in June in an effort to raise awareness about high quality early childhood education and to fund raise for Erie’s Future Fund scholarships.  Along with the $10,000 donation from the Northwest Institute of Research and fundraising, Joyce was able to raise $18,100 for Erie’s Future Fund scholarships!  Thank you, Joyce, for your efforts to help our children “climb” to success!

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Thank you, Dr. Joyce Miller!

Pictured left to right: Michelle Harkins, Scholarship Director of Erie’s Future Fund and Associate Executive Director of Early Connections; Dr. Joyce Miller; CEO Northwest Institute of Research, Northwest Regional Key; and Darlene Kovacs, Executive Director, Early Connections.


ERIE GIVES DAY 2015 – AUGUST 11TH!

Thank you to the donors who supported Erie’s Future Fund during the 2015 Erie Gives Day! Your generosity helped fund scholarships that benefit children throughout Erie County.

Help Erie’s Future Fund Scholars “Climb” to Success!

Kilimanjaro update:

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Dr. Joyce Miller briefly pausing during her Mt. Kilimanjaro climb.

For two days, Dr. Joyce Miller climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in very precarious situations.  Most of the time was spent climbing rocks up the mountain, instead of the anticipated trekking.  The second day of the climb took 12 hours, instead of the expected 4-7 hours.  Due to chest pains and a low heartbeat from the altitude and climbing intensity, Joyce needed to descend Kilimanjaro (another 4 hour trek!).  Thank goodness that Joyce decided to climb back down the mountain at that time.  It took her a few days for to recover from the physically taxing climb, but Joyce was looking forward to the rest of her visit in Tanzania.

We would like to congratulate Joyce for her strength and determination during such a difficult climb.  Joyce explains, “I got up to 12,300 ft and have memories of the most difficult physical exhaustion I have ever felt, the coldest sleeping conditions in a sleeping bag that was difficult to move around in…However, the stars on the mountain were amazing.”

Joyce Miller, you are one of Erie’s Future Fund’s amazing “stars”, forever shining the light on Erie’s Future Fund and the importance of  providing our children with a high-quality early childhood education experience.  We applaud you for your accomplishment- 12,300 feet!  Erie’s Future Fund thanks you, and everyone who has and will be donating to your Mt. Kili fundraiser.  This fundraiser continues until the end of June: https://earlyconnectionserie.ejoinme.org/EFFClimbKili


Join Dr. Joyce Miller to Help Erie’s Future Fund Scholars “Climb” to Success!

Dr. Joyce Miller is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in June to support Erie’s Future Fund, which is a scholarship program that helps low-income children attend high quality early education programs throughout Erie County.

She is initially donating $5,000 from her company, Northwest Institute of Research.
Her goal is to raise another $5,000, which she will match,
for a total of $15,000 for Erie’s Future Fund.

 Please help Joyce reach her goal

Use this link to share or make your donation:

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Thank you Dr. Joyce Miller and the Northwest Institute of Research, for Helping Erie’s Future Fund Scholars “Climb” to Success in School and Life!

First Annual Vinyl Palooza

A big thank you to Erie ExperienceVinyl, Z3 Concepts, Custom Audio and the Sandbar!  They teamed-up on June 25th for the First Annual Vinyl Palooza and raised $4000 for Erie’s Future Fund.  What a fun event!  And a big thank you to the GE Interns who took the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer, Rocket 101, and  those who attended and supported Erie’s Future Fund.  Stay tuned for the date of our second annual Vinyl Palooza!

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Pictured from right to left are Michelle Harkins, Scholarship Director for Erie’s Future Fund, Stan Zlotkowski from Z3 Concepts and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Sandbar owner Kum Miller, Mike Plazony, member of PA’s Early Learning Investment Commission and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Pete Rakoczy from Z3 Concepts and Erie ExperienceVinyl, Sondralee Orengia of Custom Audio, and Associate Executive Director of Early Connections Darlene Kovacs.