The Degen Foundation

2018 June Grant Award Recipients

In September 2017, it was decided that The Degen Foundation would restructure and remain a public charity but also become a supporting organization to the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. We are pleased that our mission, “Providing for our region’s healthcare needs by investing in practical solutions today with a vision for tomorrow” will most certainly be met with the graduation of the 2021 Inaugural Class of the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The Foundation is pleased to announce the following June 2018 Grant Recipients:


Biomedical Research Faculty, Brandy Ree, Ph.D. applied for and received a $49,985.02 grant to purchase research equipment to meet the needs of the current faculty engaged in research, new hires, ARCOM students, collaborators from regional universities and faculty and students from local high schools.


Development Foundation Executive Director Jackie Krutsch applied for and received a grant in the amount of $170,000.00 which will serve as the initial installment of an intended total commitment of $500,000.00 to go towards the ACHE Celebration Garden and Wellness Park.

Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs

Jerry Glidewell, Executive Director of the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Clubs, received a grant for $5,100.00 to purchase AED’s for all 4 units (Evans, Goldtrap, Jeffery & Stephens).

Methodist Village Senior Living

Methodist Village Senior Living CEO, Melissa Curry received a grant for $16,058.00 to purchase Multi-Function Power Procedure Table with Arm Rests for the Multi-Purpose Treatment Room within the new Assisted Living and Memory Care Center.

Stepping Stone School for Exceptional Children, Inc.

Ms. Toni Wilson, Executive Director of the Stepping Stone School for Exceptional Children, Inc. received a grant for $7,492.00 to purchase HeartStart packages (AED’s) for all facility buildings.

Featured Organization:
Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma & Texas

In 1912, Juliette (“Daisy”) Gordon Low gathered a group of eighteen girls in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia to share what she had learned abroad about a new outdoor and educational program for youth, and the Girl Scout movement was born. Along with Daisy, these first Girl Scouts blazed trails and redefined what was possible for themselves and for girls everywhere. They played sports, hiked, swam, and camped. They expressed themselves through arts and crafts. They learned to read the world around them by studying a foreign language or discovering how to tell time by the stars. They shared a sense of curiosity and a belief that they could do anything. Most importantly, just like Girl Scouts across the country and around the globe today, they offered a helping hand to those in need and worked together to improve their corner of the world. Today, there are nearly three million Girls Scouts in 92 countries and more than 59 million alumnae, united across distance and decades by lifelong friendships, shared adventures, and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place. Girl Scouting in Arkansas took root in July 1927 when the White Oak Troop of Arkansas became the first registered Girl Scout troop in the state. The Girl Scout movement spread quickly throughout Arkansas, and there were more than 200 members in six registered troops in Pulaski County alone in 1929. Girl Scouting flourished through the years, and in 2008, six regional councils merged to form the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Council.

In June 2017, The Degen Foundation received a grant request in the amount of $10,000.00 to equip the infirmary at Camp Cahinnio, in Logan County, Arkansas near Booneville. Each year, the camp welcomes nearly 2,400 Girl Scouts, volunteers, staff, and community members that utilize the camp environment during the summer residential camp sessions. During these sessions, girls may spend up to ten days living at camp, and the organization must meet all medical and health needs of campers under their direct care. We hope the girls that participate at Camp Cahinnio have a GREAT time! And should they need medical care, they’re ready to go!

Dedicated to improving the health care and education needs in the River Valley Region.