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Scholarship fund set up to support entrepreneurs

Submitted by OTTAWA COUNTY

Ottawa County Community Foundation has created an Entrepreneurial Scholarship Fund through a donation from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation. Scholarships are now available to support individuals seeking training to assist in their entrepreneurial goals.

Recently, Kari Sherwood, MS, MEd, was awarded a Burton D. Moran scholarship. Sherwood is co-founder and president of Pathway Inclusion Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help children of all abilities thrive.

The center recently hired Stephanie Bondra as executive director and opened its doors at Harbor Light Landing near Port Clinton. The Center plans to offer a variety of services including inclusive child care, after-school programs, tutoring, summer camps, parent workshops and therapies for children on the autism spectrum. Learn more about the work of Pathway Inclusion Center at www. or call 419-960-7261.

As plans for this new nonprofit business were coming together, Sherwood saw a need for training to help her run a successful nonprofit. She identified a series of classes offered by the Center for Nonprofit Resources through the Toledo Community Foundation. Thanks to the OCCF Entrepreneurial Scholarship and her determination, she will complete 60 hours in six tracks over a two-year period and receive her Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

“The knowledge I am bringing back to Pathway Inclusion Center is invaluable and will help guide our practices for years to come,” said Sherwood. “In particular, the operational excellence workshop I recently attended has already motivated our board and staff to begin writing a fiscal policies and procedures manual, as well as developing many other internal controls to ensure the integrity of our business.”

“The Entrepreneurial Scholarship aims to assist entrepreneurs to become successful,” said OCCF scholarship chairman Dave Slosser. “Eligible candidates must be a resident of Ottawa County or own a business in the county.”

The scholarship application can be found at www. or call 419-261-0797.

The Ottawa County Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created in 1999 by the citizens of our community to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in the Ottawa County area. To learn more about the foundation or how you might start a named fund or scholarship, visit our website

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