Our Mission

With you, we aim to support Big Walnut High School seniors and graduates for the benefit of our community, country, and world.

Our History

 

The Big Walnut Education Foundation was founded in 1994 with a $20,000 donation.

 

From that, we awarded our first $6,000 in scholarships in 1995.
That first donation in 1994 initiated a giving movement in our community.

 

In 2018, we awarded $91,000 to 57 Big Walnut High School students and alumni.

Altogether, Big Walnut students have received over $1,660,000 since 1994. These scholarships are paid with interest, dividends, and capital gains—allowing our $1,500,000+ principal to continue growing.

 

The Big Walnut Education Foundation Board

We run on transparency and frugality, which means we are completely volunteer driven by a group of individuals who are passionate about Big Walnut youth, their futures, and the future of our community at large.

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

I raised my family here in the Big Walnut community, and my children graduated from the school district. I support the Foundation because I believe in giving back to our community. It is always good to help our children!

Attorney; Firestone, Brehm, Wolf, Whitney & Young LLP

I’m a lifelong Sunbury resident and graduated from Big Walnut High School in 1985. My wife Renee and I have four children and are active members of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. We are both consistent volunteers and advocates for our community; I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve local youth on the Board of Directors for the Big Walnut Education Foundation.

Divisional Senior Vice President & Corporate Counsel, Gallagher Benefit Services, Inc.

I support the BWEF because I love being part of the Big Walnut community and I truly value education. Two great things that go great together.

One of my long-term, ongoing goals is to be a solid advocate for Big Walnut students. Outside of my time with the BWEF, I served as an administrator in BW schools including as Vice-Principal and Athletic Director. I’ve been happy to support Big Walnut students for decades.

Realtor and Director of Marketing, Forman Realtors

I grew up a fourth generation student in the Big Walnut School System, and I went to college with the help of scholarships. Today I am grateful to raise my children in our community and to serve through the Big Walnut Education Foundation—a rewarding way to give back by helping create opportunities for Big Walnut graduates.

Realtor ABR, CDPE, CRS, CSP, E-PRO, GRI RE/MAX Affiliates, Inc.

I give to BWEF because I feel it’s important to give back to the community that helped raise our kids. I wanted to stay involved and continue to try to make a difference in our school district.

Former Big Walnut High School Guidance Counselor

As a counselor, one of my roles was to work with scholarships. Also, both of my daughters were awarded Big Walnut Education Foundation Scholarships—so I know how the awards helped our family and would like to help other families.

Beacon Senior Heart Failure Sales Medtronic Care Management Services

As a graduate of Big Walnut Schools I am so proud to be a part of the Big Walnut Education Foundation. Shortly after graduation from college I came back to Big Walnut to raise my children in this district because of the schools and the close-knit community. I love being able to work with the Big Walnut Community to bring as many resources to our students as possible.

Assistant Vice President, Sunbury Branch Manager, The Middlefield Banking Company

I work locally and have children in Big Walnut schools. I believe it’s important to support all Big Walnut students.

Our Purpose

  • To provide funding for special educational needs in the Big Walnut School District.
  • To provide loans, grants or scholarships for students or graduates of Big Walnut.
  • To act as custodian for current and future memorial funds within the Big Walnut School District.
  • To be an ongoing, fund-raising, tax-deductible recipient and administrator of gifts from persons who would like to make a difference and a contribution toward the educational needs and opportunities through the Foundation.