Nashwauk Area Community Fund

Nicole Calgaro Memorial Scholarship

In May of 2000, a scholarship to honor Nicole Calgaro was established at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. Nicole, a 1999 graduate of Nashwauk-Keewatin High School, was a National Honor Society student and excelled in music. She was a member of both the Marching and Jazz Bands, which enabled her to compete in many section and subsection contests where she earned numerous superior ratings. Through her love of music, she also received the John Philip Sousa and Semper Fidelis awards.

Nicole was also an active member and past president of 4-H and was named an outstanding 4-H member while showing cattle and horses. Her love of music and 4-H taught her kindness, compassion, caring and commitment to community, all aspects of the criteria that must be met in order to be a recipient of the Scholarship.

J.W. Kumpula Scholarship

In 1998, Marion Kumpula, an avid supporter of Nashwauk, established the J.W. Kumpula Scholarship in memory of her husband, John. This scholarship supports a Nashwauk – Keewatin High School senior who plans to pursue a technical career.

Supporting students and community

Both Marion and her husband John graduated from Nashwauk High School in the early 1930s. They returned to the area in 1977 to retire, and became involved in their community.

In addition to establishing the J.W. Kumpula Scholarship, Marion’s greatest legacy may be her diligence in not only funding the Nashwauk Area Community Fund, but in making sure that it had the proper leadership. It wasn’t easy to say “no” to Marion when she asked Nashwauk citizens to volunteer to serve on the Nashwauk Area Community Advisory Committee. At the age of 90, Marion was still attending meetings and directing the formal organization of this Advisory Committee, knowing she wouldn’t be around to call meetings and be the major fundraiser forever.

At her death, Marion Kumpula also left a financial legacy to the citizens of Nashwauk with her bequest of over $300,000 to the Nashwauk Area Community Fund.

“Marion’s combination of tenacity, grit and compassion for the Nashwauk Area was evident in everything she did,” remarks Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. “She fed people - literally and figuratively. From the local food shelf and youth, to her commitment to an endowment that would last well beyond her lifetime, Marion has left a huge legacy to the Nashwauk Area.”

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the great work we do and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, visit our website at www.gracf.org or schedule a visit by calling 218-999-9100.

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