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NICF Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

Avery Jackson
Nicholas Sierzputowski
Elizabeth Good

The Community Foundation is proud to announce that three local students will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of their choice.

Avery Jackson is the daughter of Timothy and Kecia Jackson. Avery plans to pursue a degree in industrial design. She is student body president at Peru High School, and has been the president of her class since her freshman year. A member of the National Honor Society, Peru High School Tiger Leadership council, Avery has also devoted many hours to drama club, arts club, and swing choir  She has a history of volunteering for her community through the United Way of Miami County, Salvation Army, and as a Peru Veteran’s Administration Clinic volunteer.

Avery was selected from a field of twenty-three applicants by the Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Nicholas Sierzputowski, a student at North Judson-San Pierre High School, Avery Jackson of Peru High School, and Elizabeth Good from Rochester High School are the recipients of this prestigious scholarship.

Nicholas is the son of Steven and Kathleen Sierzputowski and plans to pursue a degree in chemistry. He is a four year member of Academic Decathlon, Academic Super Bowl, three year member of Science Olympiad and Academic Spell Bowl, and Spanish club.  A member of the National Honor Society, Nicholas is also on the Blue Jay tennis team.

Nicholas was selected from a field of fifteen applicants by the Starke County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Elizabeth Good is the daughter of Brad and Kathy Good and plans to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is student body Vice-President, a member of the Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy, and member of the National Honor Society. Elizabeth is also a four year member of the Zebra volleyball, and softball teams.

Good was selected from a field of fourteehn applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

All the students will also receive $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

During the selection process, the applications are scored on many areas such as academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors, as well as a series of essays. The field of applicants are pared down to five or six finalists who are selected for a final interview. These finalists were asked to write an impromptu essay, they may have to prepare a presentation, and all have a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee. The Committee narrows 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 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Fulton County

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Receives Technology Grant - A grant of $4,000 was presented to the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce to upgrade software systems and technology tools to help the Chamber provide a more efficient, effective, and professional experience for their members and the public.

This is the first year that the FCCF has re-worked their granting procedure to be more responsive to the community by eliminating deadlines for many of their applications.

Read more about this grant and upcoming grant deadlines.

Miami County

Donor Spotlight - David Beall was a beloved teacher at Maconaquah High school and such an inspiration to his students that, even after leaving his class, they continue to consider the question “What would Mr. Beall do?”

Born in 1944 in Peru, David graduated from Oak Hill High School in 1962 and Manchester College in 1966. He received his graduate degree at Ball State University before getting a job teaching social studies at Maconaquah High School in 1966. A member of the Richland Chapel United Methodist Church, the Converse Lions Club, the Maconaquah Education Association, as well as other organization, David was actively involved in the community.

Read more about this amazing teacher.

Starke County

The 3rd Annual Starke County Preschool Fair  Tues., April 26th, 4:30 - 6:00pm.Is your organization in some way involved in the healthy development of preschoolers, toddlers, and infants in our community? Or do you in some way serve the parents or grandparents of young children? If so, please be a vendor at the 3rd Annual Starke County Preschool Fair!

This is a great opportunity for you to meet and mingle with potential clients, members, patients, etc. Parents and grandparents along with their preschoolers, toddlers, and infants are encouraged to attend. An extensive marketing campaign is underway via local radio, the local newspapers, and fliers around the community.

Get a vendor application and flyers!



Welcome to Northern Indiana Community Foundation

Since 1993, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation, Inc. (NICF) has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of the community. The NICF serves the Community Foundations of Starke, Fulton and Miami Counties. This arrangement allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost-efficient. Thus gifts can do more for the counties they are given to.

The NICF is a public trust, a public charity that gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. Operating under state and federal laws, we work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Contact the NICF at 574.223.2227 or toll free 877.432.6423