Scholarships available for Academy program

Application deadline Oct. 16

PIQUA — The Edison Foundation’s Academy for Community Leadership (the Academy) begins its thirteenth program of classes on Jan. 20, for those who serve as members and executive directors of not-for-profit boards. The classes are designed to help individuals make a difference on their boards and in their communities.

Edison State Community College hosts the 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. sessions set for Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 16, April 20, and May 18. The popular Academy attracted a full class of students last year and graduated those individuals at the Mosaic Conference held in May.

Course material is based on the book, “The Board Members Guide,” which highlights the individual and the board; the work of the board; leadership of the board; and the board and the community.

The book is authored by Dr. Richard Adams of Troy, Shirley Magoteaux of Versailles, Virginia Matz of Sidney, Cheryl Stiefel-Francis of Piqua, and Judy Westerheide of Sidney. Patricia Robinson of Troy acted through the Paul G. Duke Foundation to help make production of the book possible.

Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, is the Academy’s lead course facilitator for the 2016 class. She and invited guests will offer participants their expertise on a variety of topics including the recruitment of board members, institutional budgeting, board evaluation, and community awareness and collaboration.

Enrollments in the program are currently being accepted. Several local foundations have provided a number of scholarships for individuals to participate in the January-to-April academy, and the subsequent Leadership Conference in May. The scholarship application deadline is Oct. 16.

Those interested in becoming involved in this kind of public service are also encouraged to participate.

Registration and the scholarship application for the Academy for Community Leadership class is available online at For more information, contact Julie Slattery at (937) 778-7805 or

Application deadline Oct. 16