The 80/20 Foundation Trust Scholarship

The 80/20 Foundation Trust was established by entrepreneur Don Wood, the founder of 80/20 Inc. which is one of Whitley County’s most prominent companies.  Starting with a drawing on a napkin, Don and his sons grew the company to a world-wide corporation with over 500 staff and a 135,000-square-foot plant in Columbia City, Indiana.  Don wanted to continue his legacy of supporting entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and thus created the 80/20 Foundation Trust to provide support in the areas of machine tool technology, industrial technology, engineering technology, sales, entrepreneurship and leadership.

To continue Don’s vision of seeing local talent hired and retained, the 80/20 Foundation Trust created the Manufacturing Your Future: The 80/20 Foundation Trust Scholarships in partnership with the Community Foundation of Whitley County.  Funding will assist with training for local individuals to enhance their ability to secure gainful employment by pursuing additional education through a skilled trade, technology, engineering and/or business-related program.  A total of four (4) scholarships will be awarded to cover 50% of the winning student’s tuition cost for each of the four semesters required to attain a 2-year degree or to work towards a 4-year degree.

Scholarships will benefit non-traditional adults wishing to attain employment skills as well as graduating students from Whitley County that are interested in pursuing a 2-year degree/certification or 4-year degree pathway in any of the following areas:


  • Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Production and Operations
  • Electrical Engineering & Technology (junior year transfer program vs 2-year degree) *
  • Electronics & Computer Technology
  • Engineering*
  • Engineering Technology
  • Entrepreneurship*
  • Industrial Technology
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Manufacturing Production and Operations
  • Mechanical Engineering & Technology (junior year transfer program vs 2-year degree) *
  • Sales*
  • Supply Chain Management*


*For degrees requiring more than 2 years of study, additional scholarship funding may be available for junior and senior years and will be determined on an individual basis.

Get ready to MANUFACTURE your FUTURE!

To apply for the Manufacturing Your Future: The 80/20 Foundation Trust Scholarship, you will need to answer the questions below. Before you begin, we suggest you type your responses so you can copy and paste into the online form:

  • What prompted you to pursue this course of study?
  • Do you intend to stay and work in Whitley County once you have completed the certificate, 2-year degree or 4-year degree?
  • How do you plan to finance the balance of tuition not covered by this scholarship?
  • Any special considerations you would like to include.


  • A copy of your high school transcript.
  • If you are applying as a non-traditional student, you will need at least one letter of recommendation from your current employer, past teacher, clergy or other business-related contact.

Deadline / Awards

Deadline: April 15, 2021

A total of four scholarships will be available annually to the following:

  • A graduating senior from Columbia City High School
  • A graduating senior from Churubusco High School
  • A graduating senior from Whitko High School and
  • A non-traditional student (any Whitley County resident looking to advance educational attainment in pursuit of a career change or enhancement of skills)

In the event an application is not submitted from one of the aforementioned, the available award may be transferred to a graduate from another school or another non-traditional student.


Apply Online at: and click on the ‘Scholarship’ tab. Note: The 80/20 Foundation Trust partners with the Community Foundation of Whitley County to provide this scholarship. Please submit your application through their website.


Contact the Community Foundation of Whitley County


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