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NICF Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients
Fulton, Miami, and Starke Counties each have one scholarship to award

Kovenant Lingenfelter, Fulton County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Alyssa Kuhn, Miami County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Joshua Mullens, Starke County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

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.

Joshua Mullens, a student at North Judson-San Pierre High School, Alyssa Kuhn of North Miami High School, and Kovenant Lingenfelter from Rochester High School are the recipients of this prestigious scholarship.

Kovenant Lingenfelter is the daughter of Lyle and Cana Lingenfelter and plans to pursue a degree in anthropology. She is a four year member of student council and of the Tri-Epsilon drama department. As part of the drama troupe, she has received awards as both best actor in a major role, and best supporting actor. Kovenant is also involved in Faith Outreach Youth Group as a worship leader, and in various community outreach programs. She has also spent a year with the Fulton County Youth Leadership Academy and volunteered at the Fulton Economic Development Corporation.

Lingenfelter was selected from a field of twenty-eight applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Alyssa Kuhn is the daughter of Michael and Carmen Kuhn. Alyssa plans to pursue a degree in agronomy. She is the current President and a four-year member of Future Farms of America (FFA). As an FFA members, she has participated in a number of state and national evaluation teams. She is also a four-year member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and member of the North Miami High School band where she plays saxophone and piano. Alyssa the top student and Senior Class Vice-President for her graduating class.

Kuhn was selected from a field of sixteen applicants by the Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

Joshua Mullens is the son of David and Delora Mullens and plans to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. He is a member of the National Honor Society and served as treasurer during his senior year. Joshua is a four year member of the Bluejay basketball team and captain during his senior year. Involved with the North Judson United Methodist Church, Joshua is part of the church media team, volunteers with local blood drives, and says that volunteering is more than the giving of time and effort, the time spent also “benefits the volunteer”.

Joshua was selected from a field of ten applicants by the Starke 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.

 

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