Fulton County


2016 Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarships


Parents and students are searching for ways to lessen the burden of paying for college and the Fulton County Community Foundation (FCCF) offers many scholarships to help do just that.

These scholarships that have been created by people who believe in education and want to help local students.

The opportunities for scholarship dollars are varied and cover a wide range of criteria. Whether a graduating senior, current college student, or non-traditional student there are scholarships available at the Community Foundation.

New scholarships for 2016

include the Joanne and JoEllen Bendell Scholarship for Fulton County residents, Herb Davidson Memorial Athletic Scholarship for RHS students involved in football or basketball programs, Stephen and Kathryn Hartzler Scholarship for active 4-H participants, and the One Community Scholarship for Caston High School students.

The Fulton County Community Foundation has more than 47 scholarship funds available from which we awarded more than $127,000 in 2015. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books and academic fees, but not for room and board. Scholarships typically range from $500 to $3,000.


Our new online application is now available. Download the application here and follow the instructions provided. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is March 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


  • Before you apply, gather all required documents. The following documents must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg.
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report which must include your name and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number
  • A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up. Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • References: Some scholarships will require recommendations. Think about who you might ask. Ask them for their permission to list their names and email addresses as a reference. If needed, they will receive an email request asking them to complete an online recommendation form. Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters. Certain scholarships may require more than 2 references.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your references. By doing so, you give your references ample time to submit a recommendation form on your behalf. If you wait until the deadline or near the deadline, your references may not be able to get their recommendation submitted in time which will make your application incomplete.
  • Keep record of your work, community service and extracurricular activities. Your ability to demonstrate that you have invested your time wisely and for the benefit of others is meaningful to scholarship committees.
  • Spend time on your essays. These are what can set you apart from others and gives insight to the scholarship committee about you!
  • Follow deadlines.
  • FAFSA: March 10, 2016.
  • Traditional & Non-Traditional Scholarship Applications: March 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
  • Visit www.indianacollegecosts.org to explore college cost, get help understanding financial aid, and search for additional scholarship opportunities.

QUESTIONS? Contact Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 877-432-6423 or alison@nicf.org.

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need help scanning in documents, click How To Upload Required Attachments. If you need additional help, we are happy to provide this service free of charge during our office hours, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your guidance office or public library may also offer this service.

LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS:Click here for a complete list of Fulton County Community Foundation scholarships.

Graduate School Scholarships Available
Deadline is July 1, 2016

The Frederick Rakestraw Law Scholarship

Frederick Rakestraw graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1949 which was the beginning of 53 years in the legal profession. He practiced in Akron for 5 years and in 1954 was elected Fulton County Circuit Judge where he served for 12 years. In 1966 he served on the Indiana Supreme Court. From 1967 until his retirement in 2002, he practiced law, first in Plymouth, then in Rochester Indiana.

Applicants must have been residents of Fulton County, Indiana for at least three years during their high school career, accepted into a graduate program, enrolled in any school of law in the United States and have a cumulative GPA of 2.25.

The deadline for the scholarship is July 1, 2016 for all first time applicants.

Frederick Rakestraw Law Scholarship app

Frederick Rakestraw Law Scholarship app


The Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship

The Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship fund was created to provide scholarships for qualified college graduates who are pursuing graduate or professional school degrees. 

In order to apply for this scholarship, applicants must be residents of Fulton County, Indiana, deserving of financial assistance, currently accepted into a graduate or professional study program, and must have graduated from college with a “B” or higher cumulative GPA.  

The application deadline date is July 1, 2016.

Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship app

Ginger Miller Higher Education Fund Scholarship app

Fulton County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
Application available for download

Download the application

Fulton County Preschool app

Fulton County Preschool app

The NICF is in the third year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton County children.