George and Icy Vaughn – The Vaughn Performing Arts Scholarship Endowment
Icy was born in Laurel County, Kentucky on October 28, 1925. She graduated from Corbin Kentucky High School in 1944. After World War II, Icy moved to Indianapolis and was employed by Eli Lilly and Company. In 1952, Icy went to work as a secretary for Western Electric, eventually retiring in August 1980. George was born on June 3, 1916 on a farm near Spiceland in Henry County, Indiana. Following graduation from high school, George moved to Indianapolis and began his trade as a tool and die maker. George worked for Stewart-Warner, Swisher Tool and Die, and the Chrysler Corporation before eventually going to work for Western Electric in the early 1940s. George and Icy were married in October 1961. Both were active in the Western Electric Horse Riding Club. They resided in rural Vernon Township where they tended to their horses, mostly Palominos and Morgans. Both enjoyed gardening, canning, and preserving the foods they grew in the gardens. Icy would often write poems and sketch pictures and George often enjoyed listening to music.
After Icy passed away, George lived in a nursing home where he enjoyed the performances by local high school students who would come to sing and dance for the residents. George passed away on June 3, 1999. To this end, George left both his and Icy’s entire estate to the Hancock County Community Foundation to endow and establish the George and Icy Vaughn Performing Arts Endowment Fund. Because the Vaughns wanted others to be able to share their appreciation of the performing arts, this scholarship fund was established with the Hancock County Community Foundation to recognize the youth in Hancock County who enrich our lives. See guidebook for a complete list of requirements.