Bob Wortman, president of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc., sees post-secondary education as an essential element of attaining the skills needed for individuals to stimulate innovation and provide leadership for a successful business. It was foresight and leadership that led to the creation of a successful, local business in 1967. Seeing a need for natural gas service in small communities in southeast Indiana which were not being served by the existing large gas utilities, Bob, with the support of community leaders, started what is presently known as Fountaintown Gas Company, Inc.
Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. was a small family-owned gas company that had previously served the Fountaintown community from local wells with a very limited gas supply. Under new ownership, the construction of a modern distribution system was started in 1967. The company, which started by serving two customers in Morristown the first year, presently serves fifteen small towns and communities in five counties including Hancock County.
Mr. Wortman believes strongly that individuals who possess vision are essential to the survival of small towns across America and, in 2010, created the Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. Scholarship to provide educational benefit to students, served by the gas company, who strive to attain a vocational, two- or four-year college education. This scholarship is to be awarded to an individual who possesses a vision that, with the benefit of additional education, shows potential to impact their communities in a positive way. Bob Wortman and his family consider this scholarship an investment in the future.
Applicants must be graduating seniors of an accredited public, private, or parochial high school, live within the primary service area of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc., and have a parent or grandparent who has been a customer of Fountaintown Gas Co., Inc. for a minimum of 36 consecutive months. See the current HCCF Scholarship Guidebook on this website for a complete list of requirements.