The Fund

The Fund at Work

The Jane Higdon Memorial Fund has provided the following grants since inception in 2007:

    • $10,200 to Committed Partners for Youth/Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide scholarships for at risk girls. Girls apply for scholarships with statements of how the scholarship will further their aspirations concordant with the Foundation vision, in a mentored environment
    • $5200 to Emerald Aquatics to provide scholarships that support motivated girls who wish to achieve excellence in swimming but are unable to afford coaching
    • $7000 to the Lane Community College Nursing Scholarship program
    • $3000 to Courageous Kids summer camp, for children coping with loss
    • $4000 to the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, to provide the Jane Higdon Senior Thesis Scholarships, supporting undergraduate students exhibiting academic merit and need.
    • $1600 to WomenSpace to support Healthy Relationships and Girls as Leaders programs
    • $6437 to Ophelia’s Place to sponsor
      •  “Girls in Action” summer workshops that focus on “skill building for self-esteem, self-confidence, gaining survival skills, and having fun”
      • Decision Education Foundation summer camps
      • All girls mountain bike ride
      • Girls Groups program in local high schools
      • Summer day camp program ages 10-18
    • $1000 to Looking Glass Youth and Family Services for YMCA memberships for girls in residential care
    • $4000 to SPICE summer camp program to inspire interest in science for young girls
    • $640 to Kidsports for the Learn to Run, Run to Learn program for girls
    • $2000 to Girls on the Run Willamette Valley for Lane County scholarships to empower 3rd to 8th grade girls in life skills and physical activity
    • $1000 to Eugene Family YMCA for STEM summer camp for girls
    • $1000 to Boys and Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley for Smart Girls program
    • $500 to City of Eugene Teen Girls mountain bike program
    • $500 to Science Factory for summer science adventures scholarships for girls

The Jane Higdon Fund for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety grants/donations:

    • $100,500 to certify  4J, Bethel, and Springield School District middle school PE teachers in the Bike Safety Education program through League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling BikeEd program, and now available in many Eugene/Springfield middle schools. See this great short video on their progress!
    • $100,000 to Eugene Civic Alliance for bike and pedestrian path through Civic Stadium renovation project
    • $87,500 to Lane County in community support of successful federal loan application to improve the Gillespie Corners to Lorane segment of Territorial highway
    • $27,000 to Better Eugene-Springfield Transit Vision Zero program to reduce bicycle and pedestrian deaths to zero
    • $5000 to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance for the Eye to Eye Campaign, an Oregon multi-city safety campaign directed at all road users with a mission to foster a culture of awareness and respect on shared paths and roadways
    • $1200 to the Safety Education Plaza on Bailey Hill Road, a community sponsored memorial to 10 year old Vaclav Hajek



Scholarships Through Jane Higdon Memorial Fund

Scholarships are not provided directly to individuals. The JHMF can only provide grant money to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (or equivalent), who must have a mechanism to manage the grant or scholarship and provide reporting on results.

Information on agencies known to qualify within the mission of the fund can be obtained from Maylian Pak at Oregon Community Foundation-Eugene