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Diana Borse Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Diana Borse, a North Miami High School graduating senior, has been named the Miami County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Diana 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.

Diana is the daughter of Christopher and Deborah Borse and plans to attend Notre Dame University, where she will major in Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine. Diana is a 4-year member of FFA, Student Council, Dance, and Drama Club. She is a member of National Honor Society, and she was Class President for three years. She also participated in both soccer and track for four years.

Diana was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of thirty-three applicants by the Miami 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 thirty-three applicants, five finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an essay, make a presentation, and have 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 Alyson Braden of Maconaquah High School, Lucretia Eckrote of North Miami High School, Holly Huneryager of Peru High School, and Raychel Stroud of North Miami High School.

Miami County #GivingTuesday

The Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) celebrated #GivingTuesday on November 29th with a live broadcast on WARU. The MCCF also invited community members to stop by the office for hot cider and doughnuts. During the event, 10 gifts were made, totaling $5,300. $2,500 of those gifts were matched by the MCCF.

#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 MCCF’s 2nd year participating in #GivingTuesday.

The Miami 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 Connie Cutler at the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859.