Matthew R. Bertholf Scholarship FundSullivan County, NYThe Matthew R. Bertholf Scholarship Fund was recently created within the Community Foundation to award scholarships to graduating seniors of the Tri-Valley Central School District who plan to continue their education in the fields of trades or applied technology. The fund was established in honor and memory of Matthew R. Bertholf who passed away at the age of 30 in December 2012.

This Fund was established to honor and remember a remarkable young man, Matthew ‘Matty’ Bertholf, who was the epitome of what it meant to live in and embrace Sullivan County. A resident of Grahamsville, Matty was avid in the trades and applied technology, skilled with his hands, a dexterous builder, woodworker and mason. Through this scholarship, Matty’s legacy will be carried on through a student who plans to pursue the trades and mirrors the characteristics of Matthew Bertholf.

An annual scholarship of $1000, or two scholarships of $500 each will be awarded.

The Community Foundation manages charitable funds and handles all of the fiscal reporting and administration for each charitable fund under its umbrella, thereby keeping administration costs much lower than a private foundation, and allowing more dollars to flow toward grants and scholarships. “We are honored to administer this charitable fund in order to benefit graduating students of the Tri-Valley Central School District who demonstrate the same kind of passion and dedication that Matthew personified throughout his life,” said Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director.

Contributions to The Matthew R. Bertholf Fund may be made to CFOS-The Matthew R. Bertholf Scholarship Fund and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 202, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations may also be made at The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All gifts are tax deductible under current tax laws. For more information, call the Community Foundation at (845) 769-9393.