Miami County


Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Finalists

Andrew Baker
Abigail Bourne

Aeronautical engineering, zoology, music, and computer science are just a few of the challenging academic paths this year’s six Lilly Scholarship finalists plan to pursue upon graduation.

The six finalists were chosen from a field of twenty-six applicants. Applicants must live in Miami County and attend a public Indiana High School. Of the finalists, one will be chosen as the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for Miami County. The other five student finalists will each receive a one thousand dollar scholarship.

Congratulations to these outstanding students on this great achievement:

• Andrew Baker, son of Ryan and Karen Baker, is a Peru High School student who plans to study aeronautical engineering technology.
• Abigail Bourne, daughter of Douglas and Carla Bourne, is a Maconaquah High School student who plans to study zoology.
• Joshua Catanzaro, son of Glen and Kari Catanzaro, is a Maconaquah High School student who is considering an education path in music, piano performance or music education.
• Connor Hanaway, son of Michael and Tricia Hanaway, is a North Miami High School student who plans to study business.
• Garrett Rogers, son of Billy and Shannon Rogers, is a Peru High School student who is planning on studying computer science or informatics.
• Ashley Rouch, daughter of Jason and Angela Rouch, is a North Miami High School student who plans to study nursing.

 Joshua Catanzaro
Connor Hanaway
Garrett Rogers
Ashley Rouch

Our other scholarship applications will be available by December 2017.

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227, toll free at 1-877-432-6423 or

Miami 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 To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Miami County children.