Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Designated Fund

It’s a familiar story: a person grows up in a small rural community, goes to college, gets a job and moves away.

Such is the case for Bruce Penwell, Jr., who was born in Pana, Illinois and graduated from Beecher City High School. He attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and worked in sales and marketing in the animal health industry. After living and working for several years in Raleigh, North Carolina, he has now retired to St. Joseph, Michigan. However, Penwell has never forgotten his ties to Effingham and Shelby counties, even when living on the other side of the country.

With his hometown roots in mind, Penwell established the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Designated Fund to support organizations located in Effingham, Beecher City, Shelbyville and Pana.

The fund will provide two scholarships (valued at $3,000 each) at Beecher City High School. One scholarship will support students majoring in education in memory of Mabel Laue, a former Beecher City High School teacher. The second scholarship will provide financial support to students pursuing a nursing degree, in memory of Elva Jennings Penwell.

Penwell will also support the Beecher City Cemetery (Beecher City) and Linwood Cemetery (Pana), for general upkeep and maintenance, as well as the Beecher City Library, Shelby County Historical and Genealogical Society and the Effingham County Genealogical Society through the designated fund.





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  • Recipient named for Bruce Penwell, Jr. nursing scholarship

    Recipient named for Bruce Penwell, Jr. nursing scholarship

    Danielle Gullett is the recipient of the 2018 Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Nursing Scholarship. Danielle is a 2018 graduate of Beecher City High School and will attend Lake Land College to pursue a degree in nursing.

  • Recipients named for Bruce Penwell, Jr. scholarships

    Recipients named for Bruce Penwell, Jr. scholarships

    In 2016, Penwell established the Bruce V. Penwell, Jr. Designated Fund to support organizations located in Effingham, Beecher City, Shelbyville and Pana. A portion of his fund is dedicated to two scholarships for Beecher City High School graduates.

  • Community Foundation fund supports Effingham and Shelby counties

    It’s a familiar story: a person grows up in a small rural community, goes to college, gets a job and moves away. Such is the case for Bruce Penwell, Jr., who was born in Pana, Illinois and graduated from Beecher City High School.