Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation

Mission & History

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation was created in 1996 via the merger of the original Barberton Citizens Hospital Foundation and the Barberton Citizens Hospital Auxiliary, which had long histories of improving the quality of healthcare in our area. Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation is a private and independent philanthropic organization that provides grants to charitable organizations that share our mission to provide health and wellness opportunities for citizens of Barberton and surrounding communities.

Barberton Community Foundation partners with the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation and is responsible for its administration.

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Logo

Board of Governors

Diana Stevenson, Clerk of Courts for Barberton Municipal Court – Chair
Mary Jo Goss, Retired Registered Nurse – Vice Chair
Craig McKendry, Barberton City Schools – Secretary/Treasurer
Patti Cleary, Retired Barberton City School District Superintendent
Dr. Douglas Gormley, Retired Orthodontist
Shorter Griffen, Barberton City Council Ward 3 Representative
Aaron Lepp, Stark & Knoll Co.

Dee Parsons, Retired Barberton City Schools Administrator
Andrea Pfouts, Summa Health – Barberton Campus
Steve Poholski, Huntington Bank
David Stephens, Retired Hospital Administrator
Donald Wood, Retired Electrical Engineer

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation Grants


Grant proposals may be submitted any time during the calendar year. The Board of Governors meets in February, May, August, and November. Grant deadlines are January 15, April 15, July 15 and October 15. Note: if a grant deadline falls on a weekend then applications are due the following Monday.

If the application falls in line with the mission of Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation, it will be submitted to the Grants Committee. If approved, it will be sent to the Board of Governors for final consideration.

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If you have questions, please contact our office at 330-745-5995.

Grant Guidelines

  • Proposals must promote health and wellness opportunities to the residents of Summit and contiguous counties, especially southern Summit County and northern Stark County.
  • Support is awarded for one year at a time.
  • New projects, with a plan for continuation beyond the Foundation’s support, are of interest to the Foundation.
  • Projects should demonstrate a direct benefit to the client.
  • Requests should be between $2,000 and $15,000; larger requests, potentially multiyear, may be considered.
  • Funding preference is given to activities within southern Summit County.
  • Capital campaigns may be considered.


Letter of Inquiry:

If your nonprofit is considering submitting a grant to Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, we ask that you first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining your project.

Your brief narrative should include:

  • a concise description of the program or project, including why it is needed
  • amount requested and how the funds will be used
  • who you will serve and how many
  • timeframe (begin and end dates)

We will phone you to discuss your project within a week of receiving your LOI.

Contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, with any questions about the grants process. Call 330-745-5995 or email gro.fcnotrebrab@namrehc

Grants Are Not Given To:

  • Projects outside of the defined giving area noted above
  • Individuals
  • Fund on-going operating expenses
  • Fund debt-reductions, deficits or previous obligations
  • Fund annual fund raising drives or fund raising activities
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Endowments


Grant partners are required to submit a six-month evaluation and a one-year annual evaluation at the conclusion of their grant. Details for reporting are in the grant agreement letter.

Send evaluations to to Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact at Barberton Community Foundation. Contact Carrie at 330-745-5995 or email her at gro.fcnotrebrab@namrehc.


Celebrating 2022 Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation awarded $38,800 to 10 nursing students on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Members of the foundation’s board of governors and donors joined the students and their families for a celebratory scholarship luncheon at LaLa’s in the Lakes. Read more…

Scholarship Information:

The TPHWF Nursing Scholarship deadline is Monday, June 5, 2023. Students are encouraged to submit their application by email to Carrie Herman at gro.fcnotrebrab@namrehc. Paper applications are still accepted.

Regarding the sealed letters of recommendation policy in the application: letters may also be emailed directly to Carrie Herman at gro.fcnotrebrab@namrehc by the recommending party on behalf of the student.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who are currently enrolled in an accredited nursing degree program leading to LPN or RN certification. Students not formally accepted/enrolled in a nursing program and students working on their graduate degree are not eligible for this scholarship.

Scholarships may be used for tuition, room and board and books. Award amounts are at the discretion of the committee, with a range of $2,000 to $7,000.

Scholarships may be used at any accredited institution, whether for-profit or nonprofit. Awards are made directly to the educational institution.

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements may re-apply in subsequent years. Past selection does not guarantee future awards.

Basic Criteria For Consideration:

  • Student must be a resident of southern Summit, southern Medina, northern Stark, or northern Wayne counties.
  • Student should demonstrate a desire to practice in the local area
  • Student must demonstrate financial need
  • Student must have a cumulative 3.0 or higher grade point average
  • Selected students must conduct an interview with the committee
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed (see application for checklist)
  • Selected students must be available to interview with the committee.


2023 Tuscora Park or Memorial Nursing Scholarship Application >

Nursing Scholarship Recipient

(L-R) Conrad Storad, Heidi Hartzler 2019 Nursing Scholarship Recipient, and Marilyn Mattingly

Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation provides nursing scholarships to residents of the historical service area of Barberton Citizens Hospital, now Summa Barberton, for the purpose of encouraging careers in nursing.  The service area encompasses southern Summit and Medina counties, and northern Stark and Wayne counties.

Memorial Scholarships

The Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship

The Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship is meant to help future nurses overcome obstacles and to achieve their dreams. The scholarship provides one $2,000 scholarship each school year to a student enrolled in qualified school of nursing for a Registered Nurse degree, and who is a graduate of Barberton, Copley, Norton, Wadsworth, Rittman, Chippewa, Kenmore-Garfield, Coventry, Manchester, Northwest, or Green High School.

Applicants must be enrolled in a qualified school of nursing for a Registered Nurse degree.

Learn more about Christine Weigand’s legacy >

Download an application >

Donate to Christine Elaine Weigand RN Memorial Scholarship – call us at 330-745-5995 or donate online using our secure square link below.

Bob Weigand with 2022 scholarship recipient, Sophie Burns 

The Bernadine H. Kovalchin RN Memorial Scholarship

The Kovalchin Memorial Scholarship provides four $2,000 scholarships each school year to graduates of Barberton, Copley, Norton, or Wadsworth High School.

Applicants must be enrolled in a qualified school of nursing for a Registered Nurse degree.

Download an application >

Donate to Bernadine H. Kovalchin RN Memorial Scholarship – call us at 330-745-5995 or donate online using our secure square link below.


Make a donation to Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation today.

We are currently experiencing difficulties with our online payment system. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Please call us at (330) 745-5995 to make your donation over the phone, or mail your donation to:

460 W. Paige Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203