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Emma Feldman Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Emma Feldman, a Rochester Community High School graduating senior, has been named the Fulton County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Emma will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Emma is the daughter of Jerrod and Brooke Feldman and plans to attend the Purdue University College of Engineering. She is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Fulton County Leadership Academy, and she serves on the Rochester City Parks Board. Emma is also a four-year member of the Rochester Varsity Swim Team, the Royals, and Varsity Cross Country.
Emma was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of forty-one applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.
This year, applications were due in September, whereas in previous years they were due during the spring semester. This change was made in an effort to identify Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year so that recipients have more time to decide which college or university to attend.
During the selection process, the applications are ‘blinded,’ meaning that the identities of the applicants are removed. The Committee scores applicants on academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors, as well as essays. Of the forty-one applicants, five finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an impromptu essay and had a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee. The Committee narrowed the field to one nominee as their recommendation. Finalists’ applications are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents thirty-one 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.
The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Brandon Havron of Culver Community High School, Amanda Heltzel of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Ashley Nault of Indiana Academy, and Jackson Sawyer, a senior at Rochester High School.
Community Foundation Celebrates #GivingTuesday
The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) held an Open House on November 29th in celebration of #GivingTuesday. During the event, 68 gifts were made, totaling $74,170. $53,595 of this total was given to community funds, and $25,000 of that was matched by the FCCF. All gifts made to the FCCF will help to better the quality of life in Fulton County.
“It was humbling to have so many community members come out to support Fulton County,” said Brian Johnson, FCCF Director of Development. “Following Thanksgiving, the focus is turned to shopping for Christmas gifts. #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to bring the focus back to giving locally and meaningfully, and I think that this was a success in Fulton County.”
The event was covered by a live broadcast with Tom Bair, WROI radio station manager. During the Open House, community members gathered to watch a “Year in Review” video and to hear about the projects that received grants in 2016. Several representatives from organizations that received grants were present and spoke on Facebook Live about the way their organizations are using the grants to impact Fulton County.
Robin Burkett catered the event with breakfast, lunch, and a beautiful display of desserts. The FCCF was also treated to a musical performance by the Manitous.
#GivingTuesday was born at 92nd Street Y (92Y), a community and cultural center in New York in 2012. The social media tag encourages individuals, families, nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations to share with one another how they’re making a difference on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It also encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local need. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of the generosity of people around the world to bring real change in their communities.
In 2015, nonprofits raised more than $117 million online on #GivingTuesday to help make the world a better place in countless ways. Much more was generated offline and through donations of time and other resources. People participated in #GivingTuesday activities in 71 countries around the globe last year, and this year, participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Kenya, Slovenia, Tanzania, the UK and more. This was the FCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.
The Fulton County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) public trust. The mission of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes. We do this by building endowment funds for our communities with contributions, both large and small.
For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Brian Johnson at the Fulton County Community Foundation at 574-223-2227.
Honeywell Foundation and Fulton County Collaborate for Arts Education
WABASH, Ind. – The Fulton County Community Foundation and The Honeywell Foundation are teaming up in a joint effort to raise funds for The Honeywell Foundation’s Educational Outreach Program for schools in Fulton County. This partnership has come about due to an exciting dollar-for-dollar matching opportunity creating a “win-win” opportunity benefiting both Fulton County schools and the Educational Outreach Program. Every donation – up to $5,000 - made to this newly-created endowment will be matched. Donors can choose where to place the matching donation at any endowment housed at the Community Foundation.
Since 1998, the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program has been providing free “arts-in-education” opportunities to schools in a 12-county service region which includes Fulton County. The free programming is made possible by donations made to the Honeywell Foundation by individuals, businesses and grants.
Tod Minnich, President and CEO of the Honeywell Foundation expressed his enthusiasm for this effort, “the Honeywell Foundation seeks to serve students in our region by providing arts opportunities that might otherwise not be available. This endowment will allow us to do just that.”
Fulton County schools have actively participated in the Educational Outreach Program since 2007. During that time it is estimated that over 10,615 arts opportunities have been provided to Fulton County students.
Brian Johnson, Director of Development of Fulton County Community Foundation commented, “Collaborating with the Honeywell Foundation provides a terrific opportunity for our donors. Not only will they be helping establish an endowment to serve Fulton County students – but donors will get the opportunity to select where their matching dollars go, choosing from any endowment currently housed at the Community Foundation.”
The Honeywell Foundation seeks to provide artistic, social, cultural and recreational opportunities for all. The Foundation operates the Honeywell Center, Honeywell House, Eagles Theatre and the 13-24 Drive In. All programs and activities are supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, the Indiana Arts Commission (a state agency) and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
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