The Foundation board of directors has named Nicholas Fecher the recipient of a 2020 Dream Scholar award. Nicholas is the son of Towne Park Account Manager Adam Fecher, based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and is one of three recipients this year to be recognized for their outstanding academic and community achievements.
Formerly the Valentine Memorial Scholarship, the Dream Scholars program is part of Mobilizing Dreams, The Foundation’s mission focused on creating memorable experiences for others – kids facing health challenges, helping our associates achieve their educational dreams or supporting team members’ needs in crisis situations so they can move beyond hardship.
Nicholas will receive $2,500 in scholarship funds for his first year at the University of St. Francis-Fort Wayne, where he will begin school as a freshman this fall to pursue a career in animation. Dream Scholarships were also awarded to former Towne Park associates Jacob Hess (Topeka, Kansas) and Zaire Groves (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).
Nicholas recently graduated from the online school Connections Academy where he earned a cumulative 4.20 grade point average and was ranked the top five students academically out of nearly 800.
Adam has worked with Towne Park for over five years and at Lutheran Hospital, he is known as a team builder who exhibits a passion to serve his patients, the Lutheran team of doctors and nurses and the Fort Wayne community. “Adam has a deep commitment to service,” District Manager Martell Smith says. “Adam always does what’s right for the client, his patients and his team members. His team has a genuine admiration for his work ethic and commitment to delivering the best service and, under his leadership, they deliver just that for our customers day in and day out.”
Growing up, Nicholas, Adam and mom Jennie made volunteering in their community a priority by working weekly at local food banks and personally delivering meals to those in need. In 2017, the family helped to raise money for more than 23,000 meals to be shipped to several developing countries as part of the Kids Against Hunger initiative. Nicholas continues to make an impact in his community volunteering and as a camp counselor. Recently, the staff awarded him with the camp’s “most outstanding staff member” recognition for his dedication and his ability to connect with young people and make a long-lasting impact.
“My parents made volunteering in our community a priority and now it’s a big part of my life,” Nicholas said. He credits his volunteer work for fueling his passion for the arts and storytelling and plans to pursue a career in animation and storytelling. He aspires to create memorable TV and film characters for kids to connect with just as he did growing up.
Nicholas and his father say they are grateful for the financial support and opportunity provided by the Dream Scholars program. Adam says the support will enable Nicholas to focus on his studies and continue to volunteer when he begins as a freshman this fall. For Nicholas, the Dream Scholars program helps to set him on a path to making a connection and difference beyond his community. “I’m going to take this opportunity and use it to change something big. I don’t know what, but it will be big,” Nicholas said.
“I just want to thank everyone who had a hand in doing this for us,” Adam said. “I’ve never worked for a company that offered anything like this and Towne Park has always been there for its people and the community.”
Since 2009, The Foundation has provided educational scholarships to 11 associates so they can pursue their higher education dreams and since its inception has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarship grants. Over the years, The Foundation has supported the dreams of aspiring software developers, doctors, business leaders and pilots.