Kathryn K. and Roy D. Shoemaker Charitable Trust Fund

A legacy of generosity for the community- supporting human services and education

Story of Fund

Fund general health and social

Kathryn and Roy Shoemaker were life long residents of Centre County, both passing away in 2005 after long happy lives in the State College area.  Roy was a businessman and farmer in the Centre Region.  Their love of the area inspired them to share their resources with the community.  They distributed a substantial portion of their estate to the Kathryn K. & Roy D. Shoemaker Charitable Trust.  Merrill Lynch Trust Company was named as Trustee and the Centre Foundation as the organization responsible for distribution to the beneficiaries.  Disbursements from the trust come to the Foundation and are distributed to the thirteen charitable organizations named as beneficiaries, all of whom serve Centre County residents. 

How Does it Help?

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

The Kathryn K. and Roy D. Shoemaker Charitable Trust Fund supports thirteen organizations.  All of these great charities support our local community, and several were particularly helpful to the Shoemakers personally.   Collectively these organizations support people with sight loss, seniors in need of home care and support services, emergency service providers, people battling cancer, as well as a variety of other human services.   In addition, to encourage students to peruse the field of agriculture which was so important to the Shoemakers, the fund provides two generous scholarships to Penn State for two State College Area High School seniors who have committed to studying agriculture.


American red cross
American Red Cross Centre Communities Chapter
Salvation army
Salvation Army
St. paul lutheran church
St. Paul Lutheran Church
Centre homecare
Centre HomeCare, Inc.
North central sight services
North Central Sight Services, Inc.
Sight loss support group
Sight-Loss Support Group Of Central Pennsylvania
Centre lifelink ems
Centre Lifelink EMS
Alpha fire co.
Alpha Fire Company
Easter seals
Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania
State college meals on wheels
State College Area Meals on Wheels
American cancer society
American Cancer Society

Fund Size
2017 Grants
  • 91%Human Services
  • 9%Education