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Community Foundation Scholarships for 2014

Rachel Lenig Named 2014 Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
Knox student recieves four-year scholarship

Rachel Lenig 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

A Knox Community High School student has been named the Starke County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Rachel Lenig will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Rachel is the daughter of Joey and Connie Lenig. She plans to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is a ten- year 4-H member, who has held an office at every level in her club. She was also a Miss Indiana State Fair candidate. Rachel has served as Class President for three years and served one year as Student Body President. A member of National Honor Society, Rachel is very involved in school, church, community and work activities.

Lenig was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of fourteen applicants by the Starke County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

During the selection process, the applications are scored on academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors, as well as a series of essays. Of the fourteen applicants, five finalists were selected for a final interview. 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. There were 1432 scholarships awarded statewide.

The remaining four finalists who were interviewed by the committee will be awarded a one-time $500 scholarship from the Starke County Community Foundation. These exceptional students are Taylor Kemble, a student at Knox Community High School; Kendra Sauer of Oregon-Davis High School; Madeleine Silvey from John Glenn High School; and Kemble Manning, a senior at Culver Academy.

The 2014scholarship application deadline has passed.

Recipients of scholarships will be notified at high school honor day events or by mail.

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 Scholarship Funds:

  • Altman Family Scholarship
  • Starke County Back Home again in Indiana
  • LaVergne M. Brown and Lois L. Spenner Educational Scholarship
  • Helen and Ware Edgar Scholarship
  • Richard H. Gumz Agricultural Scholarship
  • Hamblin Scholarship In Honor Of Eleanor G. Hamblin
  • Ed Hasnerl/WKVI Scholarship
  • Nella Kersting Memorial Scholarship
  • Knox VFW Post 748 Men’s Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Clarence Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
  • Legacy of Women
  • James and Carris Lucas Scholarship
  • Ken Lucas Memorial Scholarship
  • Physicians Hospital System Visionary Scholarship
  • Runkle Family Scholarship
  • Megan Elytha Jean Sahlhoff Music Scholarship
  • Dorothy Johnson Shei Scholarship
  • Winifred J. Simpkins/Spirit of Nursing Scholarship
  • Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Health Occ/Med Ed. Scholarship
  • Steve L. Toth and Donna M. Toth Family Fund Scholarship
  • Christine and David VanVactor Scholarship
  • 1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship
  • Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship Fund
  • Forrest and Helen Whitson Scholarship