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2017 Annual Meeting

January 25, 2017
6:00 pm
American Legion
Post 21
812 Main Street

2016 Annual Meeting News Release

2015 Financial Statement

Spring 2015 Awarded Grants Press Release

Membership Form

2017 Family and Individual Members

2017 Business and Group Members

Bylaws

STEP Brochure

Form 990
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(all years available)

Annual Grant Distribution by Category

STEP Grant Information

Grant Application Form

Ronnebaum Fund Application Form

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Keep Five in Kansas

2017 Annual Meeting

The annual meeting will be held on January 25, 2017 at American Legion Post 21, 812 Main Street, Seneca. The social part of the meeting will begin at 6:00 pm with heavy appetizers and a dessert bar. The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and will include entertainment by Wade Talley's band called God's Blessings through Music.

For reservations call or text 785-410-0543 or email nemahacountystepfoundation@gmail.com.

Please renew your membership by making a donation: $60 for business/group, $50 for a family, $30 for an individual. Mail to P.O. Box 165, Seneca, KS 66538. You may use your bank bill pay service or PayPal through Facebook.

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“The mission of the STEP Foundation is to enrich the quality of life in Nemaha County by encouraging philanthropy to develop a permanent endowment that will respond to changing needs and serve as a resource for the development of cultural, economic, educational, health and recreational opportunities.”

 

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In June of 1993, a town meeting, organized by Joan Lueger and Shirley Heideman, was held at the Nemaha Valley High School to discuss a community foundation development.  Eighty-five people attended and agreed to form a Vision Committee to formulate the goals with community input.  Using suggestions by local residents, the Vision Committee selected the name, STEP Foundation.  STEP is an acronym for “Striving to Ensure Progress” which fits the goals of the Vision Committee.  A group of people volunteered to begin the organization of the Foundation.

Goals, ideas and dreams became a reality in August 1993.  The Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of Kansas for the Not-For-Profit Corporation status, followed by the writing of the By-Laws and filing of an application with the Internal Revenue Service to qualify the STEP Foundation as a 501c3 charitable organization.

Since that time, the STEP Foundation has been Striving To Ensure Progress in Nemaha County!

The STEP Foundation is a tax-exempt public charity incorporated under the laws of the State of Kansas.  Our mission is to enrich the quality of life in Nemaha County by encouraging philanthropy to develop a permanent endowment that will respond to the changing needs and serve as a resource for the development of cultural, economic, educational, health and recreational opportunities.

Unlike a private foundation, whose grant making is usually the result of a single donor, the Foundation is funded by gifts from many donors, ranging from a few to thousands of dollars.  Generally, only the income generated by the investment of these gifts is used for grants.  Thus, the STEP Foundation will serve our community is perpetuity.

The STEP Foundation is a “community” foundation in that we collect and administer charitable funds.  We are technically a charity.  We channel gifts of money from private and corporate donors to a variety of nonprofit organizations that serve the residents of Nemaha County.  The Foundation serves Nemaha County in three ways:

1. Seeking and soliciting gifts and bequests from individuals, families, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations,

2. Managing assets for optimum return and perpetuation of the donor’s intentions, and

3. Distributing funds through grants.

Amanda

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Scholarships available through the Nemaha County STEP Foundation

In 2005, Pat and Patty Schmelzle and family established the Kathy L. Schmelzle Scholarship with the STEP Foundation in memory of their daughter.  The Kathy L. Schmelzle Academic Scholarship for $500, is awarded to a graduating senior from Nemaha Central High School who plans to enter a degree program with a major in teacher education. The deadline for the Kathy L. Schmelzle scholarship has been extended to March 26th and should be sent to the STEP Foundation PO Box 165, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted.

            The Elmer Heiman Memorial Scholarship of $1000 is given in memory of our father and husband a 1939 graduate of Baileyville High School. We are honoring his support of the B&B school district and his service to the Baileyville and Seneca communities. Applicants must be a senior at Nemaha Central High School and a former B&B student. They also must plan to attend an accredited post-secondary school. The deadline for the Elmer Heiman Memorial Scholarship is April 15th to the STEP Foundation PO Box 165, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted. 

The B & B Legacy Scholarships of $1000 total (given out twice in $500 increments) is provided through the STEP Foundation to graduating seniors who previously attended B & B High School. The Legacy Scholarships are a result of a challenge presented to the St. Benedict and Baileyville communities and alumni by Dr. August Bergman during the 2006 graduation ceremony.  Thus began the fundraising to match Dr. Bergman's seed money of $25,000.  During the fundraising, another graduate, Albert Wietharn added an additional $25,000 if the communities would match his gift.  Both challenges were met and the $100,000 was exceeded. The B & B Legacy Scholarships became a reality due to the dedication and generosity of the alumni and communities of St. Benedict and Baileyville. Applications for the B&B Legacy are due by April 21st to Laurie Niehues at the Nemaha Central Elementary & Middle School, Seneca. Late applications will not be accepted.

Burger I & Burger II Scholarships Announced

The STEP Foundation has announced the availability of the Harry C.M. Burger Nemaha Central Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the late Harry Burger to encourage youth to further their education.  The scholarships are renewable yearly throughout the students’ career at Kansas State University. For more information and applications, please contact Mrs. Bruna, Nemaha Central High School counselor. The deadline for applications for the Burger I scholarships is April 15th and late applications will not be accepted.

Harry Burger also established a Harry C.M. Burger Nemaha County Scholarship, the proceeds from which will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to attend Kansas State University.  This scholarship is renewable for four years. For more information and applications, please see your local school counselor. The deadline for applications for the Burger II scholarships is April 6th and late applications will not be accepted. The STEP Foundation will administer both the Burger I and Burger II scholarships.