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Ivy Tech Community College - Eitel Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Civic Leadership

Kenneth and Jacquelyn Eitel, Founders

Year Founded

Ken and Jackie Eitel

Purpose of Fund
The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage future generations of Putnam County Ivy Tech students to pursue careers in business innovation, entrepreneurship, and civic leadership.

History of Fund

Ken and Jackie established the Eitel Family Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Civic Leadership within the Ivy Tech fund in tribute to John Eitel, founder of Eitel's Flowers and Gifts. The scholarship memorializes the legacy of entrepreneurship and community service that John began 100 years ago, spanning four generations of Putnam County family entrepreneurs. Ken said “we saw an opportunity in the scholarship to help Putnam County kids pursue careers in business”. The couple is happy to help education and promote community involvement.

Ken is life-long resident of Greencastle. He graduated from Greencastle High school and later went back to school at Indiana Wesleyan University to earn his MSM in 2004. Ken, in partnership with his wife Jackie, was the 4th generation to operate Eitel’s Flowers and Gifts for 35 years until they sold the business in 2011. Ken was an adjunct business instructor for Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley and Director of the Ivy Tech Business and Entrepreneurial Service Center in Greencastle until December 2013. He later worked as a consultant for businesses just starting out as well as those trying to grow. An advocate for civic leadership he has been an active member and supporter of community organizations and progress through citizen engagement. Ken is currently serving as Vice President on the Putnam County Community Foundation Board as well as being involved with 100+ Men Who Care.

Jackie Eitel is also a lifelong resident of Greencastle. She received her bachelors in nursing at Wishard Memorial School of Nursing and a Masters in Nursing Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. She was employed by Putnam County Hospital as the nurse manager for the Intensive Care Unit and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit, since then she has been working at Indiana Health Information Exchange. She has served as a member of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and was on the state program committee for that organization. Ken and Jackie were married in 1979 and are members of Greencastle Christian Church and serve in several ministries there.

Scholarship Awards


Skylar Clifford


Taylor Van Sickle


Robin DiRocco

Robin DiRocco


Taylor Jackson

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