Elsie and Don Sickafoose, along with Lois and the late Bob Newell, were the founders of the Carroll
County Foundation. Don and Bob's friendship goes back many decades to 1937. As a teenager, Don helped
his father, John W. Sickafoose, a well-known barn raiser and house mover, raise the barn framework on
the Newell farm west of New Harrisburg. Bob was thirteen at the time. He and Don remained friends down
through the years.
Through much hard work Don Sickafoose prospered as a farmer, dairyman, cattleman, airport operator,
airplane dealer, flying instructor, oilman, and owner of the Magnolia Drag Strip. Don would rather be
known as a good neighbor and friend rather than as the entrepreneur and philanthropist he is. As life
was good to Don and his family, he wanted to help others. He and Madeline, his wife of 53 years, started
a scholarship fund in the Stark Community Foundation to benefit deserving students. Don said, "We
enjoyed giving to others."
In the early 1990s Don and his second wife Elsie wanted to do something to benefit Carroll County.
Don contacted his longtime friend Bob Newell because, as he said, "Bob knew lots of people and was
influential in the community." Bob Newell was a very well known and respected auctioneer, farmer
and cattleman, and member of many civic and service organizations. Lois Newell said "Bob wanted to
get a foundation started in Carroll County to help those worth causes and people who really needed help."
She and Bob, Elsie and Don went to Canton to meet with James Bower, President of the Stark Community Foundation.
Don turned the whole organization part over to Bob.
Bob brought together a diverse group of Carroll County leaders for a general meeting with Mr. Bower
in 1993. Lois remembered many conversations that Bob had with Attorney John Childers on establishing the
constitution and by-laws of the foundation as a public charity under the umbrella of the Stark Community
Foundation. Three at-large members were selected from the communities' leaders while six county organizations
each nominated a representative to complete the Carroll County Foundation board of nine Governors. The
Sickafooses and Newells were the first folks to establish funds in the newly-formed Carroll County Foundation
in 1994. After reviewing the current list of twenty-seven funds, Don said he was "very surprised
and pleased with how the Foundation has grown from nothing in a little over a decade." Lois hopes,
"it continues to grow and to serve the people of Carroll County."
Recipients for 2007
Various Scholarship Funds have been established to assist students
in pursuing education beyond the high school level. Following is a list of scholarship
recipients for the year 2007
|Miss Rebekah Bosler - Malone College
Miss Jessica Deemer - Kent State University - Tuscaraws
Miss Elizabeth A. Hoobler - University of Akron
Miss Kimberly L. Herrington - Ohio State University ATI
Miss Aimee M. Knoop - Kent State University
Miss Lindsay Long - University of Cincinnati
Miss Karan A. McCaulley - University of Akron
Miss Hope McMannamy - Capital University
Miss Dulce Myers - Malone College
Miss Haley J. Pastercak - Youngstown State University
Miss Samantha Reed - Ohio University
Mr. Shawn R. Rutledge - Ohio State University
Miss Shelly Schmachtenberger - St. Francis College
Miss Rebecca Silver - Elim Bible Institute.
Miss Kaitlyn Stoneman - Muskingum College
Miss Laura B. Swinsburg - Malone College
Miss Kayla Walker - West Liberty State College
The total amount of scholarships given for the year 2007 was $16,300.00.
See archive of previous recipients.