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Kokomo Grain Co. honored as Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year

Company leadership recognized for 30 years of supporting students, alumni


FRENCH LICK, Ind. – In accepting the Ivy Tech Community College Benefactor of the Year Award Thursday night, Kokomo Grain Co. President and CEO Scot Ortman used one word to describe his company’s commitment to Ivy Tech: Believe.

“We believe in the school of Ivy Tech. We believe in the fine folks at Ivy Tech. We believe in the mission of Ivy Tech. We really believe in the students at Ivy Tech and their commitment to their futures,” Ortman said at the college’s ninth annual awards dinner at the French Lick Hotel.

“Kokomo Grain, our team and the whole Ortman family all believe if you’re in the community, you must be part of the community and that means supporting the community,” he continued. “That’s why we support and believe in Ivy Tech.”

Kokomo Grain Co. was honored as one of 15 winners of the 2019 Benefactor of the Year Award. During this event, the Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations from Indiana who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. The award celebrates the gifts and volunteer service that has been contributed to the College.

“Kokomo Grain, led by the Ortman family, has had a positive impact on Ivy Tech Kokomo for more than 30 years,” said Ivy Tech Kokomo Chancellor Dean McCurdy. “Family members have shared their time, talent, and treasure by collaborating with Ivy Tech Kokomo to provide educational opportunities for students throughout the five-county region we serve.”

McCurdy noted that former Kokomo Grain president and CEO Mick Ortman and wife Betty served on Ivy Tech Kokomo’s Vision Campaign cabinet from 2007 to 2010, helping to raise funds for scholarships, equipment, and programs. Their son, Scot Ortman, the current president and CEO, served as a member of Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Region Board of Trustees from 2015 to 2019, representing the agriculture sector. Their company has supported Ivy Tech’s agriculture program, sponsoring the College’s annual series of free seminars on relevant topics in agriculture for the last 11 years, and has hired students and alumni as interns and full-time employees.

“As Kokomo Grain has grown, the company has continued to help Ivy Tech Kokomo grow, most recently through its support of the transformation of the new Kokomo Campus,” McCurdy said.

Speaking at the awards dinner, John M. Murphy, president of Ivy Tech Foundation, said, “With our deepest appreciation, we celebrate each of our Benefactors for their passion, unconditional commitment and enduring dedication to the success of our students. Our Benefactors are incredibly generous community leaders who are creating future opportunities for our friends, families and neighbors and we are extremely grateful.”

Here is a full list of the recipients of the Ivy Tech Benefactor of the Year Award for 2019:

  • Anderson: Jim Ault
  • Bloomington: Kathy and Randy Vernon
  • Columbus: National Center for Complex Operations
  • Evansville: Nelda and Thomas Hickey
  • Fort Wayne: Brooks Construction Company, Inc.
  • Indianapolis: Susannah Dillon
  • Kokomo: Kokomo Grain Co.
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City: Duneland Health Council
  • Lawrenceburg: City of Lawrenceburg
  • Marion: Dr. Harry D. Brickley
  • Muncie: George and Frances Ball Foundation
  • Lafayette: Jim Shook
  • Richmond: First Bank Richmond
  • Sellersburg: Leo Braddock
  • Terre Haute: Lori and Steve Danielson


For more information, photos, and biographies for each recipient, visit


Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Service Area serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties, including the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, Rochester, and Tipton.


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