News & Events

Call for Entries for 2018 Vaughn Wiester Music Scholarship

         Submissions will be accepted through April 16, 2018, at the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County for the Eighth Annual Vaughn Wiester Music Scholarship. Any graduating high school senior residing in Knox County, who intends to continue the study of music at the college level, may apply for the $2,500 scholarship.       … Read More

2018 Community Foundation scholarship application available, due March 1st

The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County’s Universal Scholarship Application for both traditional and non-traditional students is now available online at The 2018 submission deadline is March 1, with scholarship announcements in May. Starting this year, the Universal Scholarship Application is only available through the online scholarship platform, AwardSpring. Requirements for the scholarship program as well as … Read More

2018 Youth Philanthropy Initiative grant applications deadline extended to Jan. 12

MOUNT VERNON– Organizations wishing to apply for funding from the Youth Philanthropy Initiative, in any amount up to $2,000, may apply through Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Grants are awarded for projects intended to address the needs of Knox County Youth, from 0 to 18.  New this year, the Youth Philanthropy Initiative also invites Knox County schools to submit applications for student led charitable … Read More

Quick Takes

Engineering scholarships available through Ariel Foundation

  The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County is pleased to share news of exciting scholarship opportunities now available through the Ariel Foundation. Read below or visit the Ariel Foundation website at for more information. The James P. Buchwald and Tom Rastin Engineering Scholarships of $5,000 each are awarded annually to students of sophomore status or above who … Read More

View our 2015 Annual Report

The online version of the 2015 Annual Report of the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County is now available for viewing. The 28-page report provides detailed information on each of the Community Foundation’s 375+ component funds. The report also provides a year in review report of new funds created within the Foundation and highlights grant-making activity by the … Read More

Register now for August 15 Nick Gaumer Scholarship Fund 5K

Registration is now open for the “We Never Run Alone” 5K scheduled for Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 a.m., benefitting the Nick Gaumer Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation of Mount Vernon. The annual event is once again being held in conjunction with the Dan Emmett Arts & Music Festival in Mount Vernon. Click the following link to download a … Read More