The 2023 Jasper Strassenfest Half Pot event has resulted in a donation of $23,074 to the Vincennes University Jasper Foundation. The check was presented on Friday, September 22nd to VU Jasper Director of Student Services, Mary Champion, VUJ Assistant Vice President and Dean, Christian Blome, and VUJ Foundation President, Dan Fritch, by members of the Jasper Strassenfest Half Pot Committee.
The donation will help to benefit local students through the VU Jasper Foundation’s Scholastic Excellence Fund with 18 Dubois County students to be impacted by the donation. The scholarship fund aims to help students begin their college journey with zero out-of-pocket expenses and without the need for loans. The donation of over $23,000 will help the VU Jasper Foundation provide area students with a one-year full tuition scholarship and fees for the fall and spring to include a $500 bookstore stipend per semester for books and supplies and a laptop computer. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Jasper Strassenfest committee for the third year. The overwhelming support of community members who purchased half pot tickets has allowed us to offer full-ride scholarships to even more local students” shares Christian Blome, Assistant Vice President and Dean of the VU Jasper Campus. “We continue to see a significant increase in applications to the Scholastic Excellence Award Scholarship, reaffirming that area students are looking for financial assistance in their education. This donation will assist those students in continuing their education with the benefit of being close to home,” adds Dan Fritch, VU Jasper Foundation President