Miami County


Fall 2017 Deadline for 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

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 Miami 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.

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

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must be current Miami 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 with the finalists 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 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.

Miami County Community Foundation Holds Scholarship Reception

Peru, Indiana – More than $327,000 in scholarships were awarded to 139 outstanding students through the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) this year. This includes the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships awarded to four Lilly Scholars attending college in 2017.

A celebration of students was held at the Riverview Event Center on Thursday, June 15 in Peru. The program was an ice cream social, and the theme was based on the children’s book “Only One You,” by Linda Kranz. Students shared with the audience where they went to high school, where they will attend college and what they will study, and one difference they hope to make in the world. The reception also provided an opportunity for scholars to meet and thank the donors who made their scholarships possible.

Connie Cutler, Director of Development for the Miami County Community Foundation, hosted the annual event that honors the accomplishments of local students and acknowledges the many people who have invested in the future of Miami County through scholarships created within the Community Foundation.

Cutler and Rita Jackson, Vice President of the MCCF Service Committee, presented the students with certificates. Service Committee President Marsha Minard presented the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Diana Borse.

“This is such a positive evening, seeing the potential of young students and what they hope to accomplish in the world, as well as thanking the generosity of the fund founders who are making a difference by helping these inspiring students. We look forward to seeing the potential of these lives becoming fulfilled.” said Connie Cutler, Miami County Community Foundation Director of Development.

The event also provided an opportunity for donors and recipients to receive an update on MCCF news.

Summer scholarship opportunities are available. To learn more, visit the scholarship page, or contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227, or Connie Cutler at the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859.

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 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.