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Starke County Community Foundation Holds Scholarship Reception

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Knox, Indiana – Over $28,000 and 31 scholarships were awarded to 21 students through the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) this year. In addition, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will provide $130,932 for four Lilly Scholars attending college this year. The first of these four students was awarded this scholarship in 2013, and the final student, Nicholas Sierzputowski, is the 2016 recipient of the award.

A celebration of students was held at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on Tuesday, June 14 in Knox. The reception provided an opportunity for scholars to meet and thank the donors who made their scholarships possible.

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

Suzy Bishop, Chairperson of the SCCF Scholarship Committee, said, “The quality of students we saw this year was phenomenal. I am so happy that we can support this group of students in their pursuit of higher education, and I have no doubt that they will use the scholarship dollars to do amazing things.”

This year’s recipients include: Drew Shidler, Altman Family Scholarship; Kaden Shepard, LaVergne M. Brown and Lois L. Spenner Educational Scholarship; Alyssa Hutchinson, Helen and Ware Edgar Scholarship; Abigail Belcher, Hamblin Scholarship in Honor of Eleanor G. Hamblin, Mason Awald, Richard H. Gumz Agricultural Scholarship; Lindsay Brown, Ed Hasnerl/WKVI Scholarship; Ashley Eichelberger, Nella Kersting Memorial Scholarship; David Gagnon, Hannah Clark, and Sidnee Frasure, Knox VFW Post 748 Men’s Auxiliary Scholarship; Mason Awald and Joshua Enger, Clarence Lawrence Memorial Scholarship; Hannah Coad and Ashlie Fields, James and Carris Lucas Scholarship; Abigail Belcher, Runkle Family Scholarship; Joshua Enger, Dorothy Johnson Shei Scholarship; Sarah Coad and Jordann Frasure, Winifred J. Simpkins/Spirit of Nursing Scholarship; Abby Emigh and Madison Brown, IU-Health Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Scholarship; Ashlyn Mosher, Starke Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship; Zoe Seese, Steve L. Toth and Donna M. Toth Family Fund Scholarship; Michael Talaga, Christine and David VanVactor Scholarship; Sidnee Frasure, Jordann Frasure, Ashlyn Mosher, 1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship; Abby Emigh, Jerry Scherf Scholarship; Micah Budzinski, Forrest and Helen Whitson Scholarship; Hannah Coad and Joshua Enger, Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship; Mason Awald, Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship Fund; and Nicholas Sierzputowski, 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

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

Summer scholarship opportunities are available. For information, contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation at 574-223-2227, or call Sarah Origer at the Starke County Community Foundation at 574-772-3665.

Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
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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 Starke County children.