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Don Mathews Scholarship for the Trades Established for Constantine

Updated: Apr 10, 2023

A new scholarship fund has been established in support of Constantine students pursuing careers in the trades.

In honor of his father’s pride for the community of Constantine, Doug Mathews established the Don Mathews Memorial Scholarship for the Trades in memory of his father Don Mathews.

“Dad was always helping and serving others,” says Doug. “He was also a huge fan of the Constantine Falcons. The scholarship is a way for my Dad to keep helping others and specifically students from the Constantine school district.”

During his life, Don Mathews called the Constantine community home for 50 years and was an avid and faithful fan of Constantine High School athletics. Beyond his enthusiasm for Falcon sports, he enjoyed fishing and was a meticulous groundskeeper. Don was also a member of Bristol Church of Nazarene, where he served on the board as a trustee.

A 1965 graduate of Jefferson High School (Middlebury, IN), Don recognized that success was not dependent on earning a bachelor’s degree. He believed in the value of education but did not believe traditional college was the only education of value.

Commemorating his love for Constantine, the Don Mathews Memorial Scholarship for the Trades supports Constantine High School graduates pursuing an education in the skilled trades.

"Dad often talked about how a small change early on could result in a huge impact in the future,” shares Doug. “It is my sincerest hope that this scholarship can have a positive impact on someone’s future. Hopefully, this scholarship will enable someone to further their education and find a career in the trades.”

The Constantine Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Sturgis Area Community Foundation. Through philanthropic services, strategic investments, and community leadership, Sturgis Area Community Foundation, and its affiliates, helps people support the causes they care about now and for generations.

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