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Joe Dunbar: Empowering students through a scholarship fund

Joe Dunbar - Scholarship Fund

If you think about Education in Kokomo for any length of time you will think about Joe Dunbar. Joe grew up in Kokomo and both of his parents were educators. It was a natural thing for Joe to attend Ball State University and come back to Kokomo to teach. He had a very successful career as a teacher and administrator, but that wasn't enough for Joe. He has continued to provide insight and energy to the Kokomo/Howard County Partners in Education program which has received nationwide recognition. He has a hectic schedule of community volunteer commitments including church and many other organizations, and has served for several years a Chair of the Grants Committee of the Community Foundation. In addition to all of this, he finds the time to provide leadership as Chair of the Board of School Trustees of the Kokomo Center School Corporation. A wonderful man and a tremendous asset for our community. He is quiet by nature and leads by doing, and doing, and doing.

Joe has established a scholarship fund in the Community Foundation and has provided for Grace United Methodist Church in his estate planning. He has also planned to endow a fund to support activities in the schools that cannot be funded by school budgets. Joe has told us "I live here and school is what I know, so I put my life in it". He certainly has done that, and our community is better because of Joe.

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