Karen Schirmer Fine Arts Teacher Grant
“Karen had the best laugh,” is often the comment when remembering Karen Schirmer, director of the Foundation from 1998 to 2003.
Karen Schirmer was noted for her creativity in creating opportunities for the children of South Bend Community Schools. To honor Karen’s dedication to the arts and children, “The Karen Schirmer Fine Arts Teacher Grant” was established in 2005 to continue to remember Karen’s legacy and dedication to the arts in the school program.
Since this endowment was established,15 grants have been given in Karen Schirmer's name totaling $16,633.33 benefitting 3,660 students.