Fulton County


Fall 2017 Deadline for 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a 4-year full-tuition scholarship to one local high school senior who will begin their college career in the fall of 2018. The recipient must intend to be a full time student and pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university.

The 2018 Fulton County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in early December 2017. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change took effect within all Indiana community foundations.

Fulton County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available to the public on August 1 at nicf.org. The online application deadline is September 1, 2017.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must be current Fulton County residents and a high school senior graduating by the end of June 2018 with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school.

The award is based primarily on the following criteria: academic performance, service in community, work, and school, as well as application essays. A personal interview will also weigh significantly in the committee's selection process.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through Community Foundation will remain unchanged; those applications will be available December 1, 2017.

Applications can be found online at nicf.org. For more information contact your guidance department or the Northern Indiana Community Foundation office at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 1-877-432-6423.

Fulton County Community Foundation Awards $211,472 in Scholarships

Fulton County board members Caroline Jones, Linda Leasure, and Larry Cunningham are eager to start serving ice cream for students.
FCCF scholarship recipients wait for the program to begin.

6/21/17 Rochester, Ind. – Each year, the Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) distributes scholarships to deserving high school seniors and current college students. This year, the FCCF awarded 119 scholarships to 76 outstanding students. The scholarships totaled $211,472, including the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which pays full-tuition to any college in Indiana for four years and a $900 yearly book stipend.

To recognize the recipients, an ice cream social was hosted by the Community Foundation on June 21 at the Fulton County Public Library. Several FCCF board members served the ice cream, which was provided by Sallie’s by the Shore. FCCF Director of Development Brian Johnson and Northern Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship Coordinator Alison Heyde presented the scholarships to students.

These scholarships are possible due to the generosity of the donors who have established the Fulton County Community Foundation’s 53 scholarship funds. The Community Foundation is grateful for all the donors that help make students’ academic goals become a reality.

“Scholarships recognize the hard work and accomplishments of the students receiving them,” said Johnson. “We hope these awards will not only help financially but also encourage the recipients as they pursue the next step in their educational goals.”

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 is to improve the quality of life in our communities by assisting donors in fulfilling their charitable wishes by building endowment funds that last forever.

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or alison@nicf.org

Fulton County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
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The NICF is in the third year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton County children.