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2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Deadline Changes for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program
Attention High School Seniors
Direct questions to Jennifer at the community foundation by calling 260-894-3335 or email Jennifer@NobleCountyCF.org

The community foundation received information from the administrators of the program, Independent Colleges of Indiana, the program will once again be offered to Noble County through the community foundation. We are again pleased to be able to participate in this program. This scholarship comes with its own set of guidelines the community foundation is obligated to follow as well as the recipient. That being said, information received indicated the deadline date for the 2017 LECS has been moved up.

Students can apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org beginning August 3, 2016 to September 7, 2016 @3:30 pm.
Apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org login and you MUST register an account to start your application process beginning August 3, 2016.  Save your work online!
Highlights of the new criteria:  G.P.A. 3.80. You cannot round up your G.P.A. Submit 2 recommendations. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT, you can still apply.

Criteria for Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Four years of full tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, that will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2017, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.  Students must achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

Top Honor Finalists for this scholarship will be posted on our website www.NobleCountyCF.org on Friday, September 30, 2016 and your interview, if selected, will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6 pm at the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.

Apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org between 8/3/16 to 9/7/16 at 3:30 pm

 

 

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The Noble County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship beginning August 3, 2016 with the deadline on September 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm.

 

WHAT IS THIS SCHOLARSHIP FOR?
It is for Noble County’s 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  This is a four years of full tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, that will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2017, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.  Students must achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

 

THIS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS DIFFERENT FROM YEARS PRIOR. WHY THE CHANGE?
The organization that oversees the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship felt a change was needed based on feedback from community foundations around the State of Indiana.  This allows the winners of the scholarship more time to decide on their Indiana college of choice.  The winner of the scholarship will be announced around the middle of December 2016.

 

WHAT IS THE G.P.A. REQUIREMENT FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP?
It is now 3.80 on a 4.00 scale. Students cannot round their GPA from a 3.79.

 

DO STUDENTS NEED TO TURN IN TRANSCRIPTS OR S.A.T. OR A.C.T. INFORMATION?
Yes. High school transcripts are to be uploaded to the application and submitted together.
Applicants have the choice to submit SAT or ACT score information and that can be found on their high school transcript. If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT that is ok. You are still encouraged to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

 

ARE ESSAYS REQUIRED?
Yes, all applicants are required to write 3 essays.

 

ARE APPLICANTS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT RECOMMENDATION LETTERS?
Yes. Students will only need 2 recommendations letters this year.  Only 1 can be from full time school personnel. Choose references who will give you a good recommendation. Contact those references in advance and ask they complete the information and obtain their email address as this is how they will complete the information.  After you submit your scholarship application, you can then send the link for your recommendation to complete. Once completed by the reference, the information it will be sent directly to the community foundation.


DOES THE LILLY ENDOWMENT COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP REQUIRE AN INTERVIEW?

Yes, the Top Honor students which consists of 10 students selected based on their applications submitted will be contacted on Friday, September 30 with the interview to take place on Tuesday, October 11 at the community foundation.

 

HOW CAN SOMEONE GET THE APPLICATION?
Online at www.NobleCountyCF.org. Everything to submit will be online…. that includes transcripts, essays, and recommendation forms. No paper copies can be turned in.  You will be able to register an account, save your work, submit your application and then request recommendation letters all online. When an applicant submits their completed application, if any missing REQUIRED information is not completed, that area will turn red.  Once an application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation indicating your successful submission (be sure to check your junk email).

 

TELL US AGAIN WHEN WILL THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION BE AVAILABLE?
It is on our website now at www.NobleCountyCF.org Application period is August 3 to September 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm

 

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE LILLY ENDOWMENT COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION ONLINE?
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 3:30 PM. Remember no paper copies can be submitted. It’s all completed online.

 

WILL YOU BE OFFERING OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes, while that information is currently being determined, the application period for the general scholarship applications will be November 21 to January 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm. This will be all other scholarships offered through the community foundation.

 

WHERE CAN THOSE APPLICATIONS BE FOUND?
Visit our website at NobleCountyCF.org and click on the scholarship tab.

 

DO YOU OFFER ANY ASSITANCE FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION?
We do offer a tutorial video available on our website. It will help walk applicants through the Lilly Scholarship application and the general scholarships offered.  It is a short video on the overall application process.  Or you can email me at jennifer@noblecountycf.org or call me at 260-894-3335.  Students need to remember to register an account, complete and submit the application THEN send the recommendation link to their references.

 

WHAT KIND OF TIPS WOULD YOU OFFER?
Do not wait until the last day to start or submit your application. The last few days of the scholarship application period is very busy for us.  Submit it early.  WORK WITH YOUR GUIDANCE OFFICE. They have the best resources for many different scholarships available! The community foundation is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm if you have questions when completing the application, please contact me at 260-894-3335.

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Noble County “Dreams”

Check out our latest video!

We interviewed local residents of all ages to learn about their brightest dreams for Noble County!

Just imagine a Noble County where these dreams could come true!

Thanks to the wonderful and generous community we live in, these ideas don’t have to stay dreams.

Philanthropy is a way in which we can make dreams come true in Noble County.

By partnering with the Noble County Community Foundation, your giving can help us bring businesses, organizations, and funds together to accomplish real change.

That way, we won’t just dream big; we will work together to make these dreams come true in our community.

A gift of any size to the Community Impact Fund, is your way to ensure we are meeting the ever changing needs of our community.

Click here to make your impact today!

(Make sure to direct your donation to the Community Impact Fund).

 

 

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Changes – Summer 2016

Attention all incoming high school seniors in Noble County. The requirements and timeline for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship offered through NCCF have changed.

Please watch this video for information on the new adjustments.

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Welcome Travis Smith

Welcome Travis Smith

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Travis Smith

The Board of Directors and the staff are truly excited to have Travis join our team!

Last Monday the Noble County Community Foundation welcomed Travis Smith as our Director of Development. He comes to us with a wonderful background in philanthropy……and of course it started here when he was just a seventh grader serving as a member of our youth pod called P.U.L.S.E.

Travis and his wife Heather,(also a former PULSE member) have come back home to live, work, play and start their family. Travis and Heather are expecting their first child – It’s a boy!!

Travis comes to Noble County with a Masters of Arts of Philanthropic Studies from IU and a CFRE – Certified Fund Raising Executive skills, a planned giving expert and just a super personality! We cannot wait for you to meet him!!

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“Life’s Better Here”

On Monday, June 6 at 5 PM watch Channel 21/NBC 33 from Fort Wayne film clip of  “Life’s Better Here” in Noble County. Pictured is our Executive Director, Linda Speakman-Yerick being interviewed by Eric Olsen. Buffalo Newsday1

Annual Meeting Recap Video!

Check out the recap video from our Annual Meeting – May 2016!

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2016 College Scholarships Awarded

Scholarship capThe Noble County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a total of $188,400 in scholarships during the 2015-2016 scholarship season to area high school and college students including college student Rachel Schermerhorn, of Ligonier, who received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who previously received a one-year or two-year scholarship administered by the Noble County Community Foundation.  Schermerhorn is studying speech pathology at Ball State University.

Maggie Kitt of rural Albion received the Tony and Gertrude Kichler Scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a high school senior or college student who resides in Green or Noble Townships who is pursuing a college education in music, medicine or religion. Kitt also received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship.  Kitt is studying biochemistry at the University of Evansville.

Natalie Pine of Avilla received the Nathan Shumaker Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for a student from Noble County in the second or subsequent year of college (post high-school) education who received some or all of K-12 schooling through home school or a Christian School.  Shumaker of Kendallville was just 16 years old when he was killed in an automobile crash in 2005.  He was a sophomore at East Noble High school at the time of his death and was involved in the East Noble Car Team. Pine also received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship.  Pine is studying Social Work/English at Loyola University Chicago.

 

Emily Schneider of Kendallville received the Paul Pelikan Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is for an East Noble High School senior or graduate who has demonstrated great effort to achieve and overcome adversity with preference given to educationally challenged students.  Schneider is studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. is home to a variety of scholarships for college, adult and high school seniors. The 2017 application for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be offered online in August 2016 for one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, that will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2017, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.  High school seniors should check back with the community foundation regarding specific criteria requirements. Deadline for this scholarship application will be at the end of August or beginning of September 2016 on the foundation’s website www.NobleCountyCF.org. All other scholarships offered through the community foundation will be available online at the foundation’s website www.NobleCountyCF.org in mid-November 2016.

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Graden Is Recipient of 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Noble County Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

    A Noble County student has been named recipient of four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Noble County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Lucas Graden of East Noble was selected to receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.  Lucas is the son of Kelly and Bradley Graden of Kendallville.

Lucas plans to study Telecommunications/Film and Television/Digital Media Production at Butler University. Some of his activities in high school include Mayors Youth Advisory Council, National Honor Society, Basket Brigade, Trinity United Methodist Church, East Noble Theatre, Tennis, Show Choir and Archery as well as other activities.

Upon the surprise announcement Lucas stated, “Gee, I haven’t been called down to the Principal’s office since elementary school. This is unbelievable – high school is almost over and what a dream to actually achieve this.”

Parents Kelly and Bradley said, “We are very proud of Lucas and all of his achievements – we are truly blessed.”

To be eligible for the scholarship students must reside in Noble County and attend an accredited high school, and achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

This year’s applicants were initially scored for performance, community service and volunteerism, extracurricular activities and work experience, as well as leadership roles.

This year’s 58 Lilly applicants also provided recommendation letters from three references and submitted three essays, which were evaluated by a community foundation committee of six Noble County citizens, who interviewed the top 10 finalists.  Those finalists not offered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc.

Names of the top candidate and two alternatives were then submitted for final selection approval to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.  Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.  There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.