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Miami County Community Foundation Celebrates Students and Scholarships

Peru, Indiana – Over $108,000 and 42 scholarships were awarded to 132 students through the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF). With the addition of Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for four local students, this brings the total awarded for 2016/2017 to nearly $206,000. The first of these four students was awarded the Lilly Endowment Scholarship in 2013, and the final student, Avery Jackson, is the 2016 recipient of the award.

A colorful celebration of students and donors was held during an old time ice cream social on Wednesday, June 15th at First Christian Church Fire House Ministry in Peru. The event provided an opportunity for scholars to meet and thank the donors who made their scholarships possible.

The theme for the evening was the Dr. Seuss book “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” Connie Cutler Director of Development for the MCCF, hosted the annual event that honors the accomplishments of local students and acknowledges the many people who have invested in the future of Miami County through scholarships created within the Community Foundation.

Gene Miles, President of the MCCF thanked the donors who created these scholarship opportunities for students, and wished students all the best on the upcoming semester ahead.

The event also provided an opportunity for donors and recipients to receive an update on MCCF news.

Summer scholarship opportunities are available and applications can be found below. For information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227, email Alison Heyde, or call Connie Cutler at the Miami County Community Foundation at 765-475-2859.

Scholarships for College Students

Helen L. Barnett Scholarship: Was established as a result of collaboration between Dukes Health Care Foundation, Inc. and the First Christian Church in Peru, Indiana to honor the memory of Helen L. Barnett. Ms. Barnett was the sister of prominent Miami County physician Dr. Ralph Barnett. She served faithfully as his office manager her entire career. Her dedication to the medical community continues to live on through this scholarship. Application Deadline is July 1, 2016

Eligibility Requirements: To be considered for the Helen L. Barnett Scholarship applicant must be a Miami County resident for a minimum of two years.

Students must have completed course prerequisites and already be accepted into and attend accredited two- or four-year public or private institutions of higher learning in Indiana. Students may be full or part-time studying in the following health-related course of study: Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Surgical, Technology, Podiatry, Dietetics, Paramedic Science, Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Environmental Health Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Clinical Lab Science, Health Information Technology, Health Administration.

Special consideration will be given to the non-traditional student (i.e., an older student, or one who has previously attended college and is returning after a few years, or one who entered the workforce immediately after high school and is attending college for the first time.)

Download the application.

 Helen L. Barnett Scholarship app

 Helen L. Barnett Scholarship app

Back Home Again in Indiana: Specifically for Non- traditional students. A Non-Traditional Student is defined as one who did NOT begin their college immediately upon the completion of their high school career, but rather is one who graduated from high school or received their GED and delayed the entrance into college.

The fund is designed to give preference to non-traditional students who wish to further their education and/or training as a way of enhancing their employment skills.

Qualified recipients include adult students who wish to re-enter the job market, advance in their current field, or enter the job market for the first time after hardship circumstances, such as divorce, health complications involving family members, loss of employment, or other obstacles. This scholarship also supports students who are invested in their communities as well as working towards a college degree.

Deadline is July 8, 2016

Download the application.

 Back Home Again In Indiana Scholarship app

 Back Home Again In Indiana Scholarship app

Miami County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
Application available for download

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 Miami County Preschool app

 Miami 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 To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Miami County children.