Starke County


Fall 2017 Deadline for 2018 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 2018. 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 2018 Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in early December 2017. Until last year, scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. This change took effect within all Indiana community foundations.

Starke County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available to the public on August 1 at  The online application deadline is September 1, 2017.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship applicants must be current Starke County residents and a high school senior graduating by the end of June 2018 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 of finalists will also weigh significantly in the committee's selection process.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through the Community Foundation will remain unchanged; those applications will be available December 1, 2017.

Applications can be found online at 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.

Cheryl Orkis and Sarah Origer present the students with the scholarships.
Sarah Hughes accepts the LaVergne M. Brown and Lois L Spenner Educational Scholarship.

Hamlet, Indiana – More than $32,000 and 35 scholarships were awarded to 24 outstanding students through the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) this year. In addition, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will provide $137,042 for four Lilly Scholars attending college this year. The 2017 recipient of this award is Joshua Krsek.

A celebration of students was held at the James R. Hardesty Hamlet/Davis Twp. Fire Station and Community Building on Tuesday, June 13 in Hamlet. 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.

“We at the Community Foundation were so impressed with this year’s scholarship recipients,” said Origer. “We are happy that, thanks to our donors, we are able to help Starke County students pursue their goals. We look forward to seeing what they will accomplish during their college careers.”

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

This year’s recipients include: 

  • Alyssa Amidei: James and Carris Lucas Scholarship, Dorothy Johnson Shei Scholarship, Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship Fund
  • Mason Awald: Clarence Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
  • Sarah Berg: Steve L. Toth and Donna M. Toth Family Fund Scholarship
  • Madison Brown (renewal): Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Scholarship
  • Sarah Coad (renewal): Winifred J. Simpkins Spirit of Nursing Scholarship Fund, Starke Memorial Auxiliary Scholarship
  • Nickolaus Collins: Knox VWF post 748 Auxiliary
  • Tara Conley: Hamblin Scholarship in Honor Of Eleanor G. Hamblin, Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Scholarship, Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship Fund
  • Elizabeth Griffith: James and Carris Lucas Scholarship, Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship Fund
  • Corey Hackler: James and Carris Lucas Scholarship, Runkle Family Scholarship, Robert O. and Doris E. Winters Scholarship Fund
  • Noelle Heise: Knox VWF post 748 Auxiliary
  • Sarah Hopkins: Nella Kersting Memorial Scholarship
  • Marlaina Hounshell: Winifred J. Simpkins Spirit of Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Nathan Hughes: Richard H. Gumz Agricultural Scholarship, 1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship
  • Sara Hughes: Lavergne M. Brown and Lois L. Spenner Educational Scholarship
  • Alyssa Hutchinson: Helen and Ware Edgar Scholarship Fund
  • Taylor Kinney: Knox VWF post 748 Auxiliary
  • Amanda Krzyzanowski: Starke Memorial Hospital and Medical Staff Scholarship
  • Deanna MacMillan: Carl and Josephine Wozniak Scholarship
  • Ashlyn Mosher: Starke Memorial Auxiliary Scholarship, 1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship
  • Faith Rowe: Ed Hasneral/WKVI Scholarship Fund
  • Morgan Schumacher: 1897 Charley Vorm Memorial Scholarship, Jerry Scherf Scholarship
  • Drew Shidler (renewal): Altman Family Scholarship
  • Emily Wenglarz: Clarence Lawrence Memorial Scholarship
  • Joshua Krsek: Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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

QUESTIONS?  Contact the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or

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.