The Ottinger Sprong Foundation was established in 2002 for charitable and educational purposes, including funding and grants to other charitable and faith-based entities. It has awarded more than $25,000 to graduating Zionsville seniors in the areas of Leadership and Community Service, Education and Vocational scholarships.
Future goals of the foundation include continued support of the 178-year-old Salem United Methodist Church, established in 1834, additional graduate scholarships and local efforts such as Love INC, the South Lebanon Community of Shalom, The Caring Center and The Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home.
The foundation recognizes and desires to contribute to the community the Sprong and Ottinger families have been a part of for more than 150 years. Within the Sprong family, we recognize farming, civic and educational contributions made. Irene (Ottinger) Sprong taught elementary education in the area for 43 years. She still resides in Zionsville at the age of 95.
Candy (Ottinger) Buckmaster initiated the $1,000 Vocational scholarship as a memorial tribute to her son, Andy Buckmaster, tragically lost in a motorcycle accident in 2006.
The 2012 scholarship applications are due no later than April 20 to the Ottinger Sprong Foundation, P.O. Box 13, Zionsville, IN 46077. Application forms are available at the Zionsville Community High School guidance office, or may be sent by contacting Tim Ottinger at 873-9325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.