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Starke County Community Foundation Holds Scholarship Reception
Hamlet, Indiana – More than $32,000 and 35 scholarships were awarded to 24 outstanding students through the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) this year. In addition, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will provide $137,042 for four Lilly Scholars attending college this year. The 2017 recipient of this award is Joshua Krsek.
A celebration of students was held at the James R. Hardesty Hamlet/Davis Twp. Fire Station and Community Building on Tuesday, June 13 in Hamlet. The reception provided an opportunity for scholars to meet and thank the donors who made their scholarships possible.
Sarah Origer, Director of Development for the Starke 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 Starke County through scholarships created within the Community Foundation.
“We at the Community Foundation were so impressed with this year’s scholarship recipients,” said Origer. “We are happy that, thanks to our donors, we are able to help Starke County students pursue their goals. We look forward to seeing what they will accomplish during their college careers.”
The event also provided an opportunity for donors and recipients to receive an update on SCCF news.
This year’s recipients include:
Summer scholarship opportunities are available. To learn more contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.
Joshua Krsek Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Joshua Krsek, a Culver Community High School graduating senior, has been named the Starke County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Joshua will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Joshua is the son of Steve and Terry Krsek and plans to attend Purdue University, where he will major in Engineering. Joshua is a member of Culver Youth Community Organization, National Honor Society, and Science Club. He was a Hoosier Boys State delegate and a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference Ambassador. He has also participated in football, basketball, and baseball for four years.
Joshua was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of forty applicants by the Starke 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 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 Alyssa Amidei of Knox High School, Jason Danford, Jr. of Tri Township (LaCrosse) High School, Noelle Heise of Knox High School, and Sarah Hopkins of North Judson-San Pierre High School.
Community Foundation Celebrates 20 Years and 6 million in Grants
Knox, Ind. - The Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) held its 20th anniversary celebration and annual Community Impact Reception on October 27th in Knox.
The evening allowed guests to reminisce and reflect on the impact that the SCCF has made over the past 20 years—an impact of $6 million through 1,766 grants to Starke County non-profits, 326 scholarships to Starke County students, and 35 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
The SCCF also celebrated the organizations that received grants this year. In total, more than $225,000 in grants and scholarships have been awarded by the SCCF in 2016.
The founders of the SCCF were Frank Alan, June Binkley, Cheryle Ferch, Cherry Gumz, Jim Hardesty, Barbara McLaughlin, and Arlowa Vorm. Three of the seven original founders of the SCCF attended the event and were presented with awards. These included Alan, Gumz, and McLaughlin. Family members of founders who have passed away accepted the awards for their loved ones.
The 2nd annual James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award was also presented to the local Tri Kappa chapter for the outstanding work they do in the community. The award was created in honor of SCCF founder, generous donor, and beloved friend, James “Jim” Hardesty. Over the past 54 years, the local Tri Kappa chapter has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships and awards to graduating seniors, in addition to other philanthropic support they provide to Starke County.
The Longest Serving Volunteer Award was given to Brad Lawrence. Lawrence began serving on the SCCF board in 1999. He served as President of both the SCCF and the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). He served 12 years, the most allowed by the NICF bylaws, and then he continued to volunteer as an advisor to the board. In January, he returned to the SCCF board as Vice President.
“It was so humbling to have a room full of people who care so deeply for Starke County,” said Sarah Origer, SCCF Director of Development. “None of this would be possible if it weren’t for the contributions of our donors, board members, and staff, as well as the grantees who put grant dollars to good use.”
The following organizations were awarded grants: Center for Workforce Innovations, $600; Community Services of Starke County, $3,500; The Crossing, $3,200; Fletcher Cemetery Association, $700; Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, $1,000; Kid’s Closet, $2,000; North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation, $1,000; Psi Iota Xi, $2,000; Starke County ABATE, $2,000; Starke County Bicentennial Bison, $1,000; Starke County Preschool Scholarship Program, $7,500; Starke County Youth Club, $3,800.
At the start of the event, guests visited tables that represented the SCCF’s pillars of giving. When guests visited every table, their names were entered into a drawing for $100 to be put into the fund of their choice. The winner of the drawing was Sandy Kersting-Rudd, who allocated the dollars to the Starke United Community Fund.
The board of the SCCF thanked all of those who made this possible and look forward to the next twenty years of bettering the quality of life in Starke County.
For more information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation toll free at 877-432-6423, or Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.
The SCCF’s 20th Anniversary Series
Leaving a Legacy
Over the past twenty years, the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) has provided an opportunity for individuals to leave a legacy in their communities. This legacy reflects the individuals’ spirit of giving and their passion for causes and charitable organizations in Starke County.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “What a man does for himself dies with him. What a man does for his community lives long after he’s gone.”
Many generous individuals have left bequests to the SCCF and have therefore left something that will live on forever, endlessly impacting the community and enhancing the quality of life in Starke County. Contributions to the SCCF are immeasurable.
Planned giving can enable donors to make more significant gifts to yield the biggest impact on the community. Planned gifts can be made in many different ways.
Giving to the SCCF through a will is one of the easiest ways to make a gift. Donors may also name the SCCF as the beneficiary of IRA assets, which allows the donor to avoid estate and income taxes. The SCCF keeps 100 percent of the IRA assets and applies them to the charitable purpose or organization the donor chooses.
Finally, donors can make a planned gift through a Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust (CRAT), Charitable Remainder Unitrust (CRUT), or Charitable Lead Trust (CLT). These types of gifts allow a donor to irrevocably transfer assets into a trust which pays income to the donor or other beneficiaries during their lifetimes. The remainder then goes to a qualified nonprofit of the donor’s choice or to the donor’s named beneficiaries.
It is never too early to think about planned giving. This is an opportunity for donors to know that their dollars will never be spent but will instead generate income forever to provide sustainability for organizations the donor cares about or to provide assistance for the various needs of the community.
The SCCF honors the legacies that have been established with the SCCF so far. As we have discussed throughout this series, gifts to the SCCF have made such a tremendous impact on Starke County already, and they will continue to do so forever! Through our pillars of giving, we are sure to touch every area of need in Starke County. Our various types of funds enable donors to fulfill their individual charitable wishes.
The past twenty years have yielded remarkable results. In total, the SCCF has awarded $3,003,539.20 in grants to charitable organizations, $2,887,305 in scholarships, and has established 121 funds. We are so thankful to our donors and supporters, as well as to the charitable organizations and individuals in Starke County who have put their grant and scholarship dollars to great use.
We hope that you will consider making a planned gift to the SCCF in order to become a part of something strong, immeasurable, and ever-lasting— an organization which will honor your legacy and ensure that your contribution will forever enhance the quality of life in Starke County.
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