Pictured-Kim Wheeler, Old Settlers Day, 2nd Vice President and Rachel Alexander, Giving Gardens of Indiana, Executive Director

The Old Settlers Day Committee recently presented Giving Gardens of Indiana a $2000.00 donation for their local Farm & Forest School Scholarship Fund. The Giving Gardens of Indiana program focuses on elementary aged students providing the opportunity to cultivate curiosity, compassion and a connection with the natural world. Partnering with the Columbia City Park Department they are able to alternate classes between the farm and Morsches Park. Hands-on nature-based classes offer an experimental approach and development of the whole child by encouraging independent living and critical thinking.  The Giving Gardens of Indiana serving Whitley County and other surrounding counties is located at 479 S. Towerview Dr. Columbia City.

Pictured Old Settlers Day President, Chad Whetstone (red coat), Cindy Baker, Troy School Administrative Director and Troy school students.


The Old Settlers Committee recently donated $2,500.00 to Troy School. Troy School is a private, accredited alternative school that is not affiliated with any school corporation and is operated by their own board of directors as a not for profit organization.

TROY School offers a safe, supportive learning environment for students who have not found success in a traditional classroom setting and provides their students with the skills and education they need to become productive citizens in our community.  Troy School serves  approximately 50-55 students in grades 6-12 each year.

TROY School provides transportation to and from school every day for majority of their students.  TROY School also offers mental health counseling to all students and has a counselor on staff.

The Old Settlers Day committee estimate over the years they have reinvested in excess of $750,000 from Old Settlers Days proceeds back into our community.




The Old Settlers Association has created a grant application form for Columbia City charitable organizations and projects to utilize in making their requests to the Association next summer. Causes that will make a positive impact on the local community are eligible – specifically endeavors that support Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Community Development, Education, Health, Recreation and Welfare.

Download our application here!

Previous and Current Grant Winners

TROY Alternative School
YMCA Partner with Youth Campaign
YMCA Capital Campaign
Historical Society for Civil War Camp
Whitley County Dazzlers
Camp Whitley
The Center for Whitley County Youth
Whitley County EDC for Whitley Promise a 529 savings program for college for Kindergarten and First Grade students
Night to Shine
Giving Gardens of Indiana