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Starke County


2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents. With this purpose in mind, the Starke County Community Foundation scholarship committee seeks candidates who exhibit the ability to succeed at the post-secondary level, who show potential in their chosen field of study, and who exhibit potential as a future leader.

The program will provide one scholarship for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college/university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Scholarship recipient is to be known as a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Criteria for Eligibility
1. Student must be a Starke County high school senior, graduating by the end of June 2015, with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school.
2. Student must be accepted for a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. Home schooled students are not eligible to apply.
3. Student must be a current Starke County resident.

Selection Process
1. Applications will be "blinded" and then reviewed by the Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Committee, comprised of select members of the Starke County Community Foundation and citizens of Starke County.
2. From the pool of “blinded” applications, the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will select Finalists for the Final Phase of the Nomination Process.
3. All Finalists will write a 100-125 word impromptu essay and participate in an oral interview process.
4. The Scholarship Committee will nominate one recipient and one alternate for one full tuition scholarship.
5. A separate, statewide committee, appointed by Independent Colleges of Indiana, will make the final selection of all recipients in accordance with the criteria and procedures consistent with applicable law and the overall goals of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

How To Apply
Visit this website for a link to the online scholarship application. Then follow the instructions provided in the application. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is January 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

Helpful Hints
Before you apply, gather all required documents. The following documents must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg.

  • FAFSA Student Aid Report which must include your name and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number.
  • A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up. Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • Letters of Recommendation: Seriously consider whom you will ask to submit letters of recommendation. Choose someone who knows you well enough to write a letter. You will need two letters of recommendation, one from a community member who is familiar with your community service and your volunteerism and another from a current or previous employer who can attest to your work history and work ethics. If you have no work history what-so-ever, then one from a high school staff person who can confirm and verify your involvement and participation in your high school activities. You will enter your recommenders’ email address. They will be contacted via the online system to provide a letter of recommendation. Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters. Your references must complete an online recommendation form.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your references. By doing so, you give your references ample time to submit a recommendation form on your behalf. If you wait until the deadline or near the deadline, your references may not be able to get their recommendation submitted in time which will make your application incomplete.
  • Keep record of your work, community service and extracurricular activities. Your ability to demonstrate that you have invested your time wisely and for the benefit of others is meaningful to scholarship committees.
  • Spend time on your essays. These are what can set you apart from others and gives insight to the scholarship committee about you!
  • Follow deadlines. Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application: January 20, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

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

Starke County Community Foundation Endowment Scholarships
Applications available by November 2014.

The Starke County Community Foundation supports more than 20 Starke County college students each year, with total annual scholarships averaging $50,000.

High school seniors and college student who meet individualize criteria for each scholarship are awarded these scholarship that were established by donors who care about Starke County students.

Online applications will be available by December of 2014, with a March 2015 deadline.

Starke County Scholarships:

Altman Family Scholarship -
Back Home Again in Indiana-
LaVergne M. Brown & Lois L. Spenner Educational Scholarship -For qualified students graduating from North Judson-San Pierre High School who are likely to succeed as college or university students in the field of education.
Helen and Ware Edgar Scholarship - For Starke County students pursing a career in journalism.
Richard H. Gumz Agricultural Scholarship - Starke County students attending Purdue University and pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field of study.
Hamblin Scholarship In Honor Of Eleanor G. Hamblin - For qualified students who are graduating from Knox High School.
Ed Hasnerl/WKVI Scholarship - Graduating seniors, who are Starke County Residents, studying history, arts, communications or media related subjects.
Nella Kersting Memorial Scholarship - Scholarships for qualified students graduating from North Judson-San Pierre High School who are likely to succeed as college, university, trade or vocational school students.
Knox VFW Post 748 Men's Auxiliary Scholarship - Graduating seniors of Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, and Oregon-Davis High School. Must have been accepted into and attend a vocational school, accredited two- or four-year public or private institutions.
Clarence Lawrence Memorial Fund - Scholarships to qualified students graduating from North Judson-San Pierre High School, Knox High School or Oregon-Davis High Schools pursing a degree in business or agriculture.
James and Carris Lucas Scholarship - Knox High School graduating seniors pursuing a degree either in education or a science related field.
Ken Lucas Memorial Scholarship - Graduating seniors from North Judson-San Pierre High School pursing a degree in a math related field.
Physicians Hospital System Visionary Scholarship - For Starke or Marshall County Indiana High School students plannning to attend an accredited two or four year college, university or vocational school.
Runkle Family Fund - For graduating Knox High School seniors planning to attend vocational school, accredited two or four year public or private institutions.
Megan Elytha Jean Sahlhoff Music Scholarship - Graduating North Judson-San Pierre High School seniors who are pursuing a career with a major or minor in the field of music or a music related field.
Dorothy Shei Scholaship - Graduating seniors of Knox High School, who were residents of Starke County Indiana.
Winifred J. Simpkins/Spirit of Nursing Scholarship - Starke County residents enrolled in an accredited registered nursing program in Indiana.
Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Health Occupation/Medical Education Scholarship - For Starke County residents pursuing a career in a health field.
Steve L. Toth and Donna M. Toth Family Fund - For Starke County residents and graduating seniors of Oregon Davis High School.
Christine and David VanVactor Scholarship - Students graduating from Knox High School or Oregon Davis High School. Preference will be given to those applicants who plan to pursue a degree in Construction Management or building trades.
1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship - Graduating seniors of North Judson-San Pierre High School.
Forrest and Helen Whitson Scholarship - For sophomore, junior or senior students at Purdue University in a School of Engineering, Agriculture or Consumer and Family Living, who have graduated from a Starke County High School.
Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship - For students graduating from Knox Community High School.
Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship- For students attending Purdue University, with particular attention being given to those students who are graduating seniors of Oregon-Davis High School.