The Scholarship memorializes the legacy of entrepreneurship and community service John Eitel began 100 years ago; spanning four generations of Putnam County family entrepreneurs. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage future generations of Putnam County Ivy Tech Community College students to pursue careers in business innovation, entrepreneurship, and civic leadership.
"America was founded upon the entrepreneurship and civic leadership of individuals like my great-grandfather who valued community," related Ken Eitel. "Education has been proven to be the major contributor to a better community and quality of life; our partnership with Ivy Tech will advance these values for business students from Putnam County and our hope is it will continue to grow in resources and benefits."
Eitel's Flowers & Gifts was founded by John and Anna Marie Eitel as John Eitel & Sons Florist in 1908 because Greencastle was a good place to do business. John purchased 13 acres of land, a home and greenhouses in the Higert Place subdivision, now an area bounded by Melrose and Shadowlawn Avenue. Through the decades of the Depression, world wars and economic cycles, the business was operated by John's son Jacob Eitel, his grandson Kenneth Eitel, Sr. and currently by his great-grandson Kenneth Eitel, Jr. and continues at 17 S. Vine St. in Greencastle.
"The Eitel Family Endowed Scholarship will benefit countless students in the years to come", said Ivy Tech Community College Chancellor Jeff Pittman. "We are grateful for the investment that the Eitel family has made in Ivy Tech Community College Greencastle and surrounding communities. Students will have their lives changed through an infinite number of scholarships that this gift will support."
"The need for scholarships has never been greater," said Elaine Peck, Executive Director of the Putnam County Community Foundation. "We are grateful the Eitel family took advantage of the matching opportunities available, and we encourage other businesses to contact us as they think about make their own innovative investments in the community."
For information about opportunities to name a classroom at the new Ivy Tech Greencastle Campus or to have your gift supporting the Campus matched, contact Becky Miller, Executive Director of Resource Development, at (800) 377-4882, ext. 2361.
Ivy Tech Community College is the State's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest single-accredited statewide community college system, and has campuses across Indiana. It serves as the State's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community. It also offers courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.