Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a 4-year full-tuition scholarship to one local high school senior who will begin their college career in the fall of 2017. The recipient must intend to be a full time student and pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university.
The 2017 Miami County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in early December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.
Miami County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available. The online application deadline is September 2nd 2016.
This advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must be current Miami County residents and a high school senior graduating by the end of June 2017 with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school.
The award is based primarily on the following criteria: academic performance, service in community, work and school as well as application essays. A personal interview will also weigh significantly in the committee's selection process.
Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through Community Foundation will remain unchanged; those applications will be available December 1, 2016.
For more information contact your guidance department or the Northern Indiana Community Foundation office at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 1-877-432-6423.
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.
Miami County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
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.
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