Fifth Third Bank Announces $1.2 Million in Grants for Females; Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, United States' Largest Charitable Foundation,

Celebrates 90th Anniversary



    CINCINNATI, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Fifth Third Bank, trustee for the
 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp (CRS) Fund, is proud to award $1.2 million in grants
 for girls programming; women-centered organizations and initiatives; math,
 science and arts scholarships; and research and awareness funding in
 Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, Toledo, Southern Ohio, Lexington, and
 Louisville.
     The Bank also announced the launch of a new, three-pronged strategic focus
 for the CRS:  first, to build a foundation for the next generation; secondly,
 to provide support and recognition of working women; and third, to support
 research and public awareness of the trends, needs and issues of women and
 girls.
     The strategic focus has a particular emphasis on programming for young
 girls, which is important because, according to Lawra J. Baumann, Ph.D., Fifth
 Third Foundation Officer, "if you want to minimize the number of girls who
 become teenage mothers, get in trouble with the law, or fail to graduate from
 school, you need to start early -- very early.  Studies suggest that girls as
 young as seven, eight and nine need to have greater access to positive
 programming that would enhance their self-esteem, identify opportunities for
 education and careers and encourage exploration of their intellect and
 capabilities."
     The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund is the country's largest charitable fund
 solely dedicated, in the words of Charlotte's father and Fund founder Jacob G.
 Schmidlapp in 1908, "to ennoble, to uplift, and to strengthen the lives of
 young women who are compelled to be self-supporting."
     Fifth Third Bank, which serves as sole Trustee for the Fund, provides
 $10 million annually through this and over 50 other charitable trusts.  The
 Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this
 year, was established by Jacob Schmidlapp in memory of his daughter,
 Charlotte, who, at age 19, died before she could realize her life's dreams.
     In addition to the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank has the
 privilege of managing and/or serving as agent for over 50 charitable trusts
 through the Fifth Third Foundation Office.  The Office reviews funding
 proposals and requests for grantmaking technical assistance from hundreds of
 nonprofits each year in an effort to match private and corporate contributions
 with the needs of deserving charitable organizations.  The professional money
 management of these private foundations is handled by Fifth Third Bank, with
 an emphasis on consistent quality growth that will sustain this charitable
 giving into perpetuity.  Fifth Third has over $133 billion in assets under
 care of which it manages over $15 billion for individuals, corporations and
 not-for-profit entities.
 
                 CHARLOTTE R. SCHMIDLAPP FUND      1998 GRANTS
 
     GRANTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:
     Proposals for Girls Programming:
       Cincinnati Museum Center                  $33,936
       Family Service of the Cincinnati Area     $ 3,500
       Great Rivers Girl Scout Council           $91,005
       Hamilton County / OSU Extension           $32,299
       Healthy Moms & Babes                      $37,282
       Licking Valley Girl Scout Council         $46,631
       Mother of Mercy High School               $46,500
       Northern Kentucky University              $ 5,000
       Urban League of Greater Cincinnati        $59,784
       YWCA of Greater Cincinnati                $38,789            $394,726
     Math & Science Scholarships:
       Cincinnati Country Day School             $10,000
       McAuley High School                       $10,000
       Mt. Notre Dame High School                $10,000
       Notre Dame Academy                        $10,000
       Seton High School                         $10,000
       Seven Hills School                        $10,000
       St. Ursula Academy                        $10,000
       Ursuline Academy                          $10,000
       Villa Madonna Academy                     $10,000            $ 90,000
     *  Boys Hope / Girls Hope Scholarships                         $ 52,500
     *  Cincinnati Arts Association / Overture
        Awards Scholarship                                          $  7,500
     *  Frontier Nursing Service Scholarship                        $ 30,000
     *  Girl Scouts Wilderness Road Council                         $ 48,000
     *  Mt. Notre Dame High School                                  $ 50,000
                             SUBTOTAL                               $672,726
 
     GRANTS FOCUSED ON PROVIDING SUPPORT & RECOGNITION OF WORKING WOMEN:
     *  Georgetown Child Development Center                         $ 15,000
     *  Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati                     $  5,000
     *  Women's Resource & Development Center                       $ 50,000
                             SUBTOTAL                               $ 70,000
 
     GRANTS TO SUPPORT RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS ON THE TRENDS, NEEDS &
       ISSUES OF WOMEN AND GIRLS:
     * Children's Hospital Medical Center Female Scientist Program
         (2nd payment of $500,000 grant)                            $250,000
     * Clinton Memorial Hospital                                    $ 20,000
     * Speaking of Women's Health Conference
          Cincinnati                            $60,000
          Cincinnati Med Student Scholarship    $10,000
          Indianapolis                          $30,000
          Toledo                                $30,000             $130,000
     * Women 4 Women Benchmark 2000 Study                           $ 90,000
         (1st payment of $180,000)             SUBTOTAL             $490,000
 
                                     TOTAL GRANTS FOR 1998        $1,232,726
 
     A list with a complete description of each grant, contact name and
 telephone number is attached. For more information, please contact Robbie
 Jennings, Corporate Communications Manager, at 513-579-4153.
 
            CHARLOTTE R. SCHMIDLAPP FUND, FIFTH THIRD BANK, TRUSTEE
                                  1998 GRANTS
 
        GRANTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING A FOUNDATION FOR THE NEXT GENERATION:
 
                               GIRLS PROGRAMMING
     Fifth Third issued its first ever "Request For Proposals" in July, 1998,
 for programming targeted solely to girls between the ages of 9-18, with strong
 preference for focus on younger girls.  The Fund wanted to aid programming
 that would provide positive opportunities to keep girls interested in academic
 excellence, personal development, career exploration, and avoidance of
 negative activities that could complicate their formative years.
 
     CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER
     (Cincinnati)                                                    $33,936
     Gail Augspurger    Funds for Career Network Workshop & Intern
     513-287-7038       Program which will provide internships and
                        career mentoring opportunities within all 3
                        museums at the Center; and the If I Had A
                        Hammer program to fund 16 all girl sessions
                        focused on developing math and science skills
                        used in the actual construction of a small
                        house.
 
     FAMILY SERVICE OF THE
     CINCINNATI AREA                                                 $3,500
      (Cincinnati)
     Arlene Herman      Funding for Little Women and Moving On which
     513-381-6300       are weekly group sessions offered at Rothenberg
                        School in Over-the-Rhine for 50 at-risk 3rd,
                        4th, 5th, 6th grade girls.  The 2 programs
                        provide structured weekly activities, field
                        trips, health discussions, and 1-on-1
                        interaction with girls.  The Moving On program
                        also offers guidance and advice to 6th grade
                        girls transitioning to junior high.
 
     GREAT RIVERS GIRL SCOUT
     COUNCIL, INC.                                                   $91,005
     (Cincinnati)
     Barbara Bonifas    Early Adolescent Program which will specifically
     513-489-1025       target several thousand girls between the ages
                        of 11-14 in a 9 county area.  The initiative
                        will be 3-pronged to more aggressively
                        counteract negative influences on girls of
                        this age:  1) workshop series for girls, parents,
                        and troop leaders to learn from national
                        speakers about leadership development of
                        girls; 2) training and evaluation for troop
                        leaders with UC Women's Studies Department
                        to insure leaders are informed about issues
                        focusing on girls; and 3) creation of a
                        regional girl advisory board where girls can
                        try newly learned leadership skills and
                        advise adults as to issues and concerns.
 
     HAMILTON COUNTY OSU EXTENSION /
     OHIO STATE UNIV. RESEARCH FDN.                                   $32,299
     (Cincinnati)
     Dr. Louis V. Martin
     513-381-6300       Funds for A.W.E.-S.O.M.E. Program, a pilot
     ext. 21            program to take place at Parham Elementary
                        School in Evanston.  55-60 African-American
                        5th and 6th grade girls will be involved in
                        variety of weekly programming including health
                        and fitness, self-esteem building, career
                        exploration, and civic responsibility.
 
     HEALTHY MOMS & BABES
     (Cincinnati)                                                    $37,282
     Sister Kathleen Brogle
     513-389-5295       Girls Group Program is weekly programming
                        to be offered in 16 low income neighborhoods
                        in Hamilton County and Northern Kentucky.
                        Eligible girls between ages of 9-18 who
                        have not had children or are not sexually
                        active participate in group activities on
                        health, nutrition, drug and alcohol avoidance,
                        as well as field trips.  300 girls will be
                        served, & special workbook for the groups
                        will be printed.
 
     LICKING VALLEY GIRL SCOUT COUNCIL                           $46,631
     (Northern Kentucky)
     John Vissman       Funding for Girl Scouting in the School
     606-342-6263       Day, a program in cooperation with the
                        Covington & Kenton Co. school districts
                        which will offer Girl Scout activities
                        during school hours for at-risk girls in
                        urban & rural Northern Kentucky.
 
     MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL                                 $46,500
     (Cincinnati)
     Carolyn Rost       Special scholarship program aimed at
     513-661-2740       recruiting more minority girls to school
                        who excel in creative and critical thinking
                        skills.  New students will be paired with
                        upperclasswoman mentors.  Funds also to be
                        used to integrate new cutting edge
                        curriculum "Creative Explorations" into math and
                        science courses to further enhance all students
                        critical thinking skills.
 
     NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY                                  $5,000
     (Northern Kentucky)
     Dr. Carol Ryan
     606-572-5623       Funding of Developing Positive Attitudes
                        & Behaviors in the Health & Education of
                        "At Risk" Middle School Girls which will
                        partner with Holmes Junior High in Covington
                        to target 20 at risk girls.  Programming will
                        focus on health, exercise, & nutrition, as
                        well as expose the girls to college and career
                        opportunities associated with the University.
                        Each girl will be partnered with a NKU female
                        student/athlete as a mentor.
 
     URBAN LEAGUE OF GREATER CINCINNATI                          $59,784
     (Cincinnati)
     Sheila Adams       Funding for Safe Haven, a nine month
     513-281-9955       program of workshops, field trips, 1-on-1
     Ext. 512           counseling sessions for girls ages 9 - 18.
                        Each girl will develop a personal Blueprint
                        for Life to identify life goals and the
                        resources needed to stay in school, explore
                        career options, achieve financial security,
                        and make wise life decisions.
 
     YWCA of GREATER CINCINNATI                                   $38,789
     (Cincinnati)
     Charlene Ventura   Strong Girls-Healthy Girls provides organized
     513-361-2118       sports involvement for over 500 girls between
                        the ages of 8-15, particularly those in low
                        income or at-risk families.  Participants
                        also engage in academic tutoring, mentoring
                        relationships with college and career women,
                        as well as group activities and discussion
                        about personal health, leadership, grooming
                        & hygiene, and decision-making skills.
 
                               GIRLS SCHOLARSHIPS
  The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp survey earlier this year identified scholarships
              as a priority to help women & girls succeed in life.
 
                               MATH & SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIPS          $90,000
     CONTACT NAME:         Renewal of annual support to encourage
                           young women to study math and science.
                           $10,000 each school.
                           Cincinnati Country Day
                           McAuley High School
                           Mt. Notre Dame High School
                           Notre Dame Academy
                           Seton High School
                           Seven Hills School
                           St. Ursula Academy
                           Ursuline Academy
                           Villa Madonna Academy
 
     BOYS HOPE / GIRLS HOPE
     (Cincinnati)                                                $52,500
     Leslie L. Ostrander   Grant to be used to provide start-up
     513-721-3380          funding to cover two Girls Hope Scholarships
                           for the first year of operation of new
                           Girls Hope Home, which helps young girls
                           realize their potential by providing
                           value-centered, family-like homes &
                           quality education.
 
     CINCINNATI ARTS ASSOCIATION /
     OVERTURE AWARDS PROGRAM
     (Cincinnati)                                                 $7,500
     Elissa O. Getto       Scholarship for the 1998-1999 Overture Awards.
     513-977-4116
 
     FRONTIER NURSING SERVICE
     (Lexington)                                                 $30,000
     Deanna Severance      Grant to be used to support the Kate
     606-259-4999          Ireland Endowed Scholarship Fund, which
                           offers students at the Frontier School of
                           Midwifery & Family Nursing financial
                           assistance. School is located in rural
                           Kentucky where traditional medical
                           services are nonexistent.
 
     GIRL SCOUTS / WILDERNESS
     ROAD COUNCIL
     (Lexington)                                                 $48,000
     Anne M. Weston        Funding to be used to build a new main
     606-475-2621          sleeping unit at Camp Judy Layne.
 
     MT. NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
     (Cincinnati)                                                $50,000
     Maureen Baldock       Renovation of four science labs in all
     513-821-3044          girls high school.
 
     SUBTOTAL FOR GIRLS PROGRAMMING:                            $672,726
 
 
               PROPOSALS FOR WOMEN'S RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS
  Strategic plan calls for support of initiatives which enhance the visibility
     of the Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund & Fifth Third, as well as increase
  knowledge about the needs & issues of women & girls throughout the Bancorp.
 
     CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER
     (Cincinnati)                                                $250,000
     John F. Sherlock      Endowment of Female Scientist Program
     513-559-8762          to recruit and retain women researchers.
                           (Total Grant of $500,000, payable over
                           2 years.)
 
     CLINTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
     (Southern Ohio)                                              $20,000
     Mary R. Alexander     Funds for the purchase of a colposcope
     937-382-9454          which is a special microscope that is
                           used to see abnormal cells detected
                           from gynecological test results, and
                           to help cover the costs of 38 pathology
                           interpretations which would help assist
                           self-pay patients.
 
     SPEAKING OF WOMEN'S HEALTH FOUNDATION (WCET)
     (Cincinnati)                                               $130,000
     Kathy DeLaura         Support of 1998-99 Speaking of Women's
     513-345-6587          Health Conferences to be held in Cincinnati,
                           Toledo, Indianapolis, as well as
                           scholarship for third year medical student
                           at the University of Cincinnati.
 
     WOMEN 4 WOMEN                                              $90,000
     (Louisville)
     Elaine Musselman
     502-493-5917          Funding for groundbreaking study,
                           BENCHMARK 2000, which will integrate
                           existing data on the status of women/girls
                           in Jefferson County from recent research
                           with additional input from various sources.
                           End result will provide prioritization
                           and strategic plan to deal with the unmet
                           needs of women/girls in Jefferson
                           County. (Total Grant of $180,000, payable
                           over 2 years.)
 
     SUBTOTAL FOR WOMEN'S RESEARCH & PUBLIC AWARENESS:        $490,000
 
         SUPPORT AND RECOGNITION FOR WORKING WOMEN:
 
     GEORGETOWN CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER                       $15,000
     (Georgetown, KY)
     Nancy Phares         Construction of a new day care
     502-868-0330         facility to be located on donated
                          land and to serve numerous low
                          income parents.
 
     ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF GREATER CINCINNATI                    $5,000
     (Cincinnati)
     Ruth Prall           Funding for care packages provided free
     513-561-4455         of charge to victims of domestic violence.
 
     WOMEN'S RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER (Cincinnati)        $50,000
     Maureen Wood         Funding for WAGE (Women As Gainful
     513-541-0541         Earners) Program which is a training
                          program for women interested in pursuing
                          a career in Property Management and
                          Renovation, and who want to move from
                          a low income wage to a family wage position.
 
     SUBTOTAL FOR GENERAL PROPOSALS:                           $70,000
 
     TOTAL GRANTS                                           $1,232,726
 
 

SOURCE Fifth Third Bank
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