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2016 Starke County Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Parents and students are searching for ways to lessen the burden of paying for college and the Starke County Community Foundation (SCCF) offers many scholarships to help do just that.

These scholarships that have been created by people who believe in education and want to help local students.

The Starke County Community Foundation has more than 22 scholarship funds that can be used for tuition, books and academic fees, but not for room and board.

The opportunities for scholarship dollars are varied and cover a wide range of criteria. Whether a graduating senior, current college student, or non-traditional student there are scholarships available at the Community Foundation.

SCCF Endowment Scholarships typically range from $500 to $2,000. Get information and the online application.

If you have questions, please contact Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 877-432-6423 or


Our online application is easy. Download the application here and follow the instructions provided. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is March 4, 2016 at 5:00 pm.


  • Before you apply, gather all required documents. The following documents must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg.
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report which must include your name and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number
  • A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up. Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • References: Some scholarships will require recommendations. Think about who you might ask. Ask them for their permission to list their names and email addresses as a reference. If needed, they will receive an email request asking them to complete an online recommendation form. Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters. Certain scholarships may require more than 2 references.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your references. By doing so, you give your references ample time to submit a recommendation form on your behalf. If you wait until the deadline or near the deadline, your references may not be able to get their recommendation submitted in time which will make your application incomplete.
  • Keep record of your work, community service and extracurricular activities. Your ability to demonstrate that you have invested your time wisely and for the benefit of others is meaningful to scholarship committees.
  • Spend time on your essays. These are what can set you apart from others and gives insight to the scholarship committee about you!
  • Follow deadlines.
  • FAFSA: March 10, 2016.
  • Traditional & Non-Traditional Scholarship Applications: March 4, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
  • Visit to explore college cost, get help understanding financial aid, and search for additional scholarship opportunities.

QUESTIONS? Contact Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 877-432-6423 or

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need help scanning in documents, click How To Upload Required Attachments. If you need additional help, we are happy to provide this service free of charge during our office hours, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your guidance office or public library may also offer this service.

LIST OF SCHOLARSHIPS:Click here for a complete list of Starke County Community Foundation scholarships.

Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
Application available for download

Download the application

Starke County Preschool app

Starke County Preschool app

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.