News & Events

2018 Community Foundation scholarship awards exceeding $1 million for first time in 74 years

           Community Foundation of Mount Vernon & Knox County scholarship distributions have begun at area high school awards ceremonies, and will exceed $1 million for the first time in the organization’s 74-year history, according to Executive Director Sam Barone.             In all 515 scholarships will be awarded to 393 individual students, totaling $1,013,850, Barone said. The … Read More

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

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