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Emma Feldman Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Emma Feldman, a Rochester Community High School graduating senior, has been named the Fulton County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

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

Emma is the daughter of Jerrod and Brooke Feldman and plans to attend the Purdue University College of Engineering. She is a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, Fulton County Leadership Academy, and she serves on the Rochester City Parks Board. Emma is also a four-year member of the Rochester Varsity Swim Team, the Royals, and Varsity Cross Country.

Emma was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of forty-one applicants by the Fulton 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-one 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 Brandon Havron of Culver Community High School, Amanda Heltzel of Tippecanoe Valley High School, Ashley Nault of Indiana Academy, and Jackson Sawyer, a senior at Rochester High School.

Welcome to the Fulton County Community Foundation
Fulton County is a wonderful agricultural community. Its population is one of hardworking people who are eager to make their community the best in the state. 

Since 1993, Fulton County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.

Fulton County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Fulton County donations can do more—right here in Fulton County.

So far, Fulton County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 10 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $12.8 million in assets and administers over 160 funds.