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Starke County Community Foundation Awards Nearly $30,000 in Scholarships

Habo Runkle and the recipient of the Runkle Family Scholarship, Taylor Kemble.

Knox, Ind. – This year, 24 students collectively received 33 scholarships through the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF).The scholarships totaled nearly $30,000 in addition to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which pays full-tuition to any college in Indiana for four years and a $900 yearly book stipend. The scholars were honored at a dessert reception hosted by the Community Foundation on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Dembowski Community Center.

The scholarships are made possible by various donors who have established funds through the SCCF in order to forever benefit graduating Starke County seniors.

"The scholarship reception is such a joyous event because it not only allows us the opportunity to honor some of Starke County's brightest scholars, but it also allows the scholars to thank those who made the scholarships possible," said Sarah Origer, the SCCF

1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship recipient Lena Gehrke with Sarah Origer.

Director of Development."The donors care so much for this community, and they deserve much gratitude."

More than 50 Starke County students applied for the 20 Community Foundation scholarships and 14 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This was the first year that the Community Foundation's new online scholarship application process was used.

"This year, we received applicants from so many deserving students," said Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Scholarship Coordinator."I'm confident that this year's recipients have bright futures ahead of them!"

This year's keynote speaker was Craig Nielsen, a 2003 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient, who is from San Pierre and who graduated co-valedictorian from North Judson-San Pierre High School in 2003. He received a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in Political Science and Broadcasting from Valparaiso University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 2007. Nielsen is currently the Project Manager for First Data Corporation in Indianapolis. In his speech, Nielsen gave valuable advice to the scholarship recipients, such as showing kindness to others no matter what position or rank they or you may hold, and taking the opportunity in college to learn about others' ideas and ways of life.

See a complete list of scholarships awarded and the recipients for 2014 in Starke County.