2018-05-13 / News

Jennings Memorial Foundation


Jennings Foundation President Donald Snide, Sr. greets several Jennings Foundation Scholarship recipients during the Jennings Foundation Community Awards Luncheon in 2017. Pictured from left to right are Donald Snide, Sr., Tyler Burch, Ali Marks, Dominique Lavrack, Hailey Jennings, Kaitlyn McGlaughlin, Jordan Hayes and Michelle McKeighan. Jennings Foundation President Donald Snide, Sr. greets several Jennings Foundation Scholarship recipients during the Jennings Foundation Community Awards Luncheon in 2017. Pictured from left to right are Donald Snide, Sr., Tyler Burch, Ali Marks, Dominique Lavrack, Hailey Jennings, Kaitlyn McGlaughlin, Jordan Hayes and Michelle McKeighan. In 21 years, the Jennings Memorial Foundation has helped countless area community projects and people in its mission to make the Montrose area a great place to live.

Since 1997, the organization has awarded more than three million dollars toward the enrichment of the Montrose community, thanks to the generous financial donations of the late Wyman and Edith Jennings

The foundation was created in 1996, with the first grants awarded in the fall of 1997.

Mr. and Mrs. Jennings were lifelong Montrose residents whose philanthropy continues today through the foundation that bears their name. In their lifetime, they were known for their support of the Jennings Memorial Library and the Montrose Area Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum.


Jennings Memorial Foundation Board Member John Wendling (left) presented the 2017 Community Service Award to the team of Terrie Soper and Connie Pangle. Jennings Memorial Foundation Board Member John Wendling (left) presented the 2017 Community Service Award to the team of Terrie Soper and Connie Pangle. The Jennings Memorial Foundation Board enjoys the opportunity to carry out the work started by Wyman and Edith Jennings. The community is very blessed that they made arrangements to continue their charitable endeavors for years to come, said foundation board member John C. Wendling.

The foundation provides eight new and several renewal scholarships to Montrose high school seniors each year, and funds a program that provides dictionaries or a thesaurus to a number of elementary school students in the district. The foundation also funds material and equipment purchases for various classrooms and school projects.

In addition to the many other programs benefiting the Montrose Schools, the Jennings Foundation funds a weekend food distribution program for approximately 50 elementary school students. Student backpacks are filled with food provided through the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and contain enough nonperishable food items for meals to feed the child on the weekend.

Throughout the year, grant applications are accepted for projects that benefit not only the Montrose area community but also projects in Genesee County. Since its inception, the foundation has funded hundreds of educational, cultural, family support and civic projects, including a new fire truck, park development, the Veterans Memorial and the relocation of the historic Montrose Depot.

The grant proposal process is simple, but must prove beneficial to the Montrose area community. The foundation encourages applicants to provide matching funds for their proposed projects.

Ongoing quarterly support is provided for the Montrose Area Historical and Telephone Pioneer Museum, a key passion of Wyman Jennings, who had owned a telephone company and remained passionate about the industry.

Each year at its annual luncheon, the foundation presents the Montrose Community Service Award to a deserving individual or organization working to improve the community. Last year, Connie Pangle and Terrie Soper received the honor for their work and dedication to the Montrose Veterans’ Bell.

This year’s luncheon and awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 21 at noon at the Montrose Kuehn-Haven Middle School cafeteria. The recipient of the Montrose Community Service Award will be on hand for the surprise award announcement.

Jennings Memorial Foundation Board members include Chairman Donald A. Snide, Treasurer David McCartney, CPA John C. Wendling, Donald W. Snide and Gwen L. Kelley.

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