EricELM Memorial Scholarship Fund

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by parkwest, Mar 28, 2002.

  1. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was thinking of how we could all contribute to set up an Eric Erickson Memorial Scholarship Fund for young people who would like to enter this industry, so his memory may go on.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
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    Sounds like a plan. I can spare some $. Maybe Dixe Chopper will be able to get it off the ground .
     
  3. Esby

    Esby LawnSite Senior Member
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    I really like this idea. How will it be given out....will it be a national award, or more locally from where Eric was located? His determination to teach others should live on, even if he can no longer communicate directly with people. Its a great idea, now ther just needs to be more backing....
     
  4. JimK

    JimK TURF MAGAZINE Publisher
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    Neat idea. Here's a couple of things to consider:

    Turf Magazine and its sister, FARMING, both have scholarship funds. It was a struggle until we threw down the cash to create a non-profit 501 corporation to handle the money. Without it, this could be a mess. We are right now trying to set this up.

    When/if we get this corp going, it could also handle the Eric fund, as long as I could get some of you folks to be on a board of directors. These things take time.
     
  5. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think it's a good idea.
    Kudo's to Turf for considering administering
    Jim is right.... takes alot of effort. And, serving in a board capacity can take considerable time and money. Usually the expenses associated with such volunteer time is not reimbursed by the "fund"....
    However, such service can be quite rewarding.
     
  6. bruces

    bruces LawnSite Senior Member
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    Good point, if a scholarship in Eric's memory could be established under the umbrella of the existing 501(c)(3) (charitable) corporation, the deductions would be tax deductible.

    If we just start some kind of scholarship fund without going through the formalities, the donations technically would not be tax deductible.

    I know that is not everyone's primary thought in giving, but it makes it even better if we could contribute to a fund in Eric's memory and get a tax write off at the same time.
     
  7. Twotoros

    Twotoros LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think it should be awarded for those in his home state.
     
  8. parkwest

    parkwest LawnSite Senior Member
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    2toros, I think you're getting the cart ahead of the horse.

    The news had a story about a group of firefighters building a house, then selling it for a fund raiser for widows and children of firefighters killed in the line of duty. I was wondering how we could do something like that here to build up the fund enough that it generated enough on interest alone to pay for scholarships into perpetuity. Not a one shot deal.
     
  9. Lanelle

    Lanelle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think that this is a great idea. The family should be informed of the intentions and maybe consulted regarding some details. The geographic scope might be determined by what can be properly administered. Eric didn't limit his involvement to people in his local area so a broader reach might be considered.
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Great idea guys, but I was wondering if Eric's family is financially secure enough to get buy without him? Maybe we should take care of them first. Just a thought.
     

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