2022 Triplett Foundation Grants Total $4,700

According to Foundation Board Chair Tomm Triplett, three separate grants make up the distribution of the 2022 RL and Etta L. Triplett Foundation grants, which total $4,700.

This year’s distribution includes $2,000 for a scholarship awarded to Olivia McCamery, $1,375 to Bluffton Family Recreation and $1,375 to the Bluffton Senior Citizens Association.

BHS Postgraduate Scholarship
Olivia McCamery, a 2022 graduate of Bluffton High School, will enroll at Bluffton University this fall with plans to major in special education. She is the daughter of Robin and Michael Romick.

The foundation began offering scholarships to Bluffton High School graduates who plan to attend Bluffton University. Olivia’s is the first scholarship awarded by the foundation.

Bluffton Family Recreation
BFR, 215 Snider Rd., will use the grant primarily to upgrade its youth sports equipment.

“This grant allows us to better serve our participants and improve the quality of our programs, reaching our youngest and oldest participants,” said Amy Byers, Director of BFR.

“Top of our list is updating our T-ball equipment, which is 15 years old. We will also be purchasing additional size 3 soccer balls and replacing a pickleball net.

BFR’s youth sports programs include nearly 120 youth sports teams involving nearly 1,400 young people over a 12-month period.

Bluffton Senior Citizens Association
The Bluffton Senior Center, 132 N. Main, averages about 12 day trips a year from March through December.

“We plan to use the money to subsidize day trips for people who could use financial assistance to pay for a trip,” director Tonya Meyer said.

“Day trips offer more than entertainment. They provide education, socialization and an emotional boost to those who have been stuck at home for a few years due to the pandemic,” she added.

“This grant allows more seniors to participate in these fun activities. We are very grateful.

Members will need to complete an application to receive a grant.

About the foundation
RL Triplett was the founder of the Triplett Corp. of Bluffton. His wife, Etta Lantz Triplett, was the founder of the home economics department at Bluffton College. The foundation was incorporated in 1985 and has donated more than $150,000 to organizations in the Bluffton area as a result of applications it receives.

Board members include Tomm Triplett, Chairman; Fred Steiner, vice-president; Pam Weisenbarger, secretary; James West, Treasurer and Terry Mullenhour.

For more information about the foundation, contact Triplett at [email protected]or write to Triplett Memorial Foundation, PO Box 158, Bluffton, OH 45817.

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