In 2008, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. of Plainsboro, New Jersey, approached Landmark College after hearing a local radio advertisement. Established just two years before, the Foundation was identifying educational initiatives to support. President Kathy Nelson and Vice President Judy Cashmore visited Landmark College in 2009 and created an endowed scholarship that year. In 2014, the Foundation reengaged with the College and made a $25,000 contribution to the Access to Innovative Education fund, a scholarship fund that eliminates financial barriers for students with significant financial need. The Foundation continued this level of support in 2015.
Education projects at F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. are overseen by Judy Cashmore, who has been the liaison to Landmark College. “We choose to support educational causes that will be good for the future of the state and the country,” she said. “It’s exciting to support projects that can have such a positive impact on the future.”
When Foundation members visited Landmark College to get a sense of the community, they talked with students about their college experience. “During the visit, students were very willing to talk about their classes and why Landmark College suited them,” said Vice President Cashmore. "Making a personal connection is valuable, so go visit Landmark College if you can.”
About F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.
Established by Dorothy B. Hanle in 2006, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc. makes 25 awards annually to non-profit organizations. According to their mission statement, the purpose of the Foundation is to support education, health, and spirituality by supporting “people and groups whose particular needs could not otherwise be met without a grant.” Recent educational projects supported by the Foundation include the Organ Wise Guys, focused on healthy eating; the Edible Schoolyard, dedicated to building an “edible education;” and the CASA Center for positive social change, an initiative that teaches emotional intelligence skills to build resilience. The scholarship support granted to Landmark College helps to “eliminate barriers” for students with financial need.