Starke County


Starke County Community Foundation Awards Scholarships

Halle Fairchild, recipient of the LaVergne M. Brown and Lois L. Spenner Educational Scholarship and Joshua Mullens, the 2015 Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient
Courtney Whitaker, received the Hamblin Scholarship in Honor of Eleanor G. Hamblin, Dorothy Johnson Shei Scholarship, Clarence Lawrence Memorial Scholarship, and the Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship.

Over $28,000 and 32 scholarships were awarded through the Starke County Community Foundation in 2015.

A celebration of students was held at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on Tuesday June 17 in Knox.  

Sarah Origer, Director of Development for the Starke County Community Foundation, hosted the annual event that honors the accomplishments of local students and gives thanks to the many people who have invested in the future of Starke County through scholarships created within the Community Foundation.

“We welcome the chance to share with the community all the good things our students are accomplishing.” Origer said. “These graduating seniors, and college students work hard, and participate in school and community programs. Our donors honor them by investing in their future and easing the cost of advanced education.”

The evening also featured an update on the matching dollar program that will benefit Starke County’s current residents and charitable organizations. The Lilly Endowment is offering a $1 for $1 match for people to give to existing or new community funds. Community Funds are what allow the Community Foundation to award grants to Starke County’s most deserving projects and programs each fall. The matching opportunity ends March 31, 2016.

Scholarship opportunities are still available at the Community Foundation and an application can be found online. The Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship is for non- traditional students, and the Megan Elytha Jean Sahlhoff Music Scholarship benefits a North Judson San Pierre High School graduate pursuing a career in the field of music. Deadline is July 10, 2015.

For information about taking advantage of the $1 for $1 match, creating a scholarship fund, or applying for a summer scholarship, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227, or call Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.

Delaney Shively received the Steve L. Toth and Donna M. Toth Family Fund Scholarship. Pictured with Donna Toth Delaney is pictured with her parents and Lusia Wozniak, as she was the recipient of the Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship Fund.