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Fulton County Community Foundation Awards Scholarships
June 18, 2015 Fulton, Indiana — Over $124,000 and 158 scholarships were awarded through the Fulton County Community Foundation in 2015.
A reception honoring the students and donors who created the scholarship opportunities was held on Thursday June 18 at the Fulton Community Center in Fulton Indiana.
Brian Johnson, Director of Development for the Fulton County Community Foundation, hosted the annual event that featured comments from Stephania Barkman, who spoke about a scholarship she helped establish in 2003. The Jim Barkman Memorial Scholarship Fund has awarded $6,000 to 12 students since 2005. Ms. Barkman shared memories of her late husband Jim, who was principal at Riddle Elementary School in Rochester. Stephania also gave an update on past scholarship recipients.
“We are grateful for the donors who help students achieve their educational goals.” Brian Johnson said. “As the cost of education grows, so do the need of our graduates and these dollars support students and invest in their future.”
Summer scholarships are still available through the Community Foundation and applications are online at nicf.org. These opportunities support undergraduate students and also graduate studies. The deadline is July 10, 2015.
The Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship is for non- traditional students and gives college scholarships or supports training as a way of enhancing applicants’ employment skills.
For students that have acquired their G.E.D and are motivated to continue on to the next level, there is the Fulton County 4Community Higher Education Scholarship.
The Jordan Horn Memorial Scholarship is for graduates of Tippecanoe Valley High School who have participated in the TVHS wrestling program.
Scholarships for students advancing their degree should apply for the Ginger Miller Higher Education Scholarship. This scholarship supports students who have been accepted for graduate studies, and The Frederick Rakestraw Law Scholarship is for college graduates enrolled in any School of Law in the United States.
For information about creating a scholarship fund or applying for a summer scholarship, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227.
Fulton County Community Foundation Offered $500,000 Matching
Incentive from Lilly Endowment Inc.
The Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) has been offered $500,000 during the Lilly Endowment Inc. Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Phase VI initiative.
This matching opportunity will significantly increase FCCF endowments and grantmaking capabilities. Donations to Fulton County’s unrestricted community funds will be matched $1 for $1, which will lead to an additional $40,000 annually in community grantmaking dollars.
The Endowment designed the match to raise unrestricted dollars, which help community foundations improve the quality of life in their communities. Unrestricted community funds allow the Community Foundation to support grants and programs that address the pressing needs in Fulton County.
Previous grants awarded from unrestricted community funds include development of the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center; Kewanna Food Pantry; Nickel Plate Trail development; Fulton County Council on Aging upgrades; support to the Fulton Community Center and all community centers within Fulton County as well as the creation of a preschool scholarship program for needy children.
“This match will give our donors the opportunity to support the community now and into the future,” said Brian Johnson, director of development of the Fulton County Community Foundation. “Grants awarded through our unrestricted community funds support all of Fulton County and have long-lasting impact. With these additional matching dollars we can do even more good work in our communities,” Johnson said.
On July 16, the Endowment announced this sixth phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) Initiative for Indiana Community Foundations. In that announcement, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for community development Ace Yakey said, “The success of Indiana community foundations over the intervening years has far exceeded the Endowment’s expectations when GIFT began.”
Lilly Endowment launched the GIFT initiative in 1990 to help Indiana communities build endowments to become self-reliance and better able to support local projects and programs, which improve the life in each county and community in Indiana.
There are 94 community foundations throughout Indiana that make grants to support local charitable organizations in all of Indiana’s 92 counties. Since 1990, the aggregate value of the assets of Indiana community foundations that have regularly participated in GIFT has increased from about $30 million to nearly $2 billion, and those community foundations have paid grants totaling more than $915 million.
The total amount the Lilly Endowment has provided over this time period for asset building grants has been approximately $258 million. “These impressive results would not have been achieved without the imagination, generosity, commitment and leadership of thousands of donors, volunteers and foundation staff members throughout the state. We are amazed at the Hoosier philanthropic spirit,” Yakey said.
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