Scholarships Awarded

The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce the following scholarship recipients.

2021 College/Adult Scholarship Recipients
Andrew Tom – Chuck Schlemmer Memorial College Scholarship
Austin Liepe – Paul Glass Memorial Scholarship
Benjamin Jansen – Nathan Shumaker Memorial Scholarship
Benjamin Jansen – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Bergen Tom – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Bergen Tom – Hal Prickett Memorial Scholarship
Ian Schowe – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Ian Schowe – David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship
Jack Jansen – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Macy Griffis – Charles and Bernard Duesler Scholarship
Madelyn Fortman – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Madelyn Hosford – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Paige Skinner – Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship
Paige Skinner – Noble County Retired Teachers’ Association Scholarship in Memory of Deceased Teachers
Paige Skinner – Tony and Gertrude Kichler Scholarship
Susan Haviland – Max and Elizabeth Roesler Memorial Scholarship

Watch our Facebook page and our website for announcements regarding the availability of General Scholarships in late November as well as any summer/August opportunities specifically for Noble County High School seniors.

Noble County Early Childhood Issues Impact Community-Wide Economic Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brad Graden, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Noble County, (260) 894-3335, brad@cfnoble.org

Noble County Early Childhood Issues Impact Community-Wide Economic Development
Early Childhood Education Coalition works to create plan

NOBLE COUNTY (04/29/2021) There are over 3,500 young children in Noble County under six years old, and nearly two-thirds of their parents work. Where are those children going while their parents are working? Are they prepared for kindergarten? Is childcare in Noble County affordable and accessible? These are the questions that the Noble County Early Childhood Education (ECE) Coalition is working to answer.

This child care gap was apparent to community leaders at the Community Foundation of Noble County, Be Noble (Noble County Economic Development Corporation), and Crossroads United Way, serving Elkhart, LaGrange & Noble Counties. Together, they hired Transform Consulting Group to gather key partners and develop a community-wide plan to get more children ready for school.

“We know there are only 115 high-quality ECE program spots available for children in our county and nearly 700 spots available in other known ECE programs. Where are the other 2,700 children at while their parents are working? We’re starting to hear stories of the challenges parents face when finding places for their kids, employers struggling to retain talent due to the lack of childcare options, and 60-70% of incoming kindergarteners are not ready for school. Something has to happen here,” Brad Graden, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Noble County.

When child care is unstable for parents, it’s not just the families who suffer, but their employers as well. In Noble County, a needs assessment was completed which included collecting data and feedback from employers, parents, and ECE program providers. Some notable findings include:

● Nine out of 10 employers have employees who are either unable to focus at work, are late, or miss work due to issues related to child care.
● 68% of employers in see child care as an important factor in their employee’s decision to work in Noble County
● Employers, employees, and parents rated child care as a top issue in Noble County out of 10 issues.
● A single parent living in poverty would have to dedicate a third (33%) of their income in order to access high-quality child care for just one child.

Studies show that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, the return on investment can be $4-$15 due to the lower special education costs, retention costs, reduced cost for social issues (teen pregnancy, homelessness, etc.), an increase in post-secondary attainment and lower crime costs. Indiana loses nearly $1.1 billion every year due to a lack of child care and child care related absenteeism and turnover.

Those are the numbers that spoke to leaders at the Noble County Economic Development Corporation. “This is not an issue we can just throw off on families to deal with alone. The lack of child care options in our community, the quality of programs, and high costs are issues that will impact ALL of us. It affects our ability to meet the needs of both working parents and employers who need to recruit top talent and a steady stream of employees,” said Gary Gatman, Executive Director, Be Noble.

Led by the expertise of Transform Consulting Group, the Noble County ECE Coalition took these learnings and developed a five year strategic plan. The next steps? Hiring a coordinator to implement the plan AND build up volunteer committees for support.

To learn more about the coalition coordinator position, volunteer committee opportunities, or information about the Noble County Early Childhood Education Coalition, please contact Brad Graden, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Noble County, brad@cfnoble.org, (260) 894-3335.

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2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Announcement

Press Release

Community Foundation of Noble County Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

A Noble County student has been named recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Community Foundation of Noble County 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Anna Becker of East Noble High School was selected to receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Anna is the daughter of Julie and Kevin Becker of Avilla.

Anna intends to study Exercise Science at the University of Indianapolis in the fall of 2021 with a goal to earn a Doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. Some of her activities in high school include missions trips, Apple Festival volunteer, future Knights basketball coach, family STEM Night volunteer, camp counselor, Kid City volunteer, Bike Day with Champions Together, KPC Triathlon volunteer, Engage Sunday with East Noble Athletics, East Noble Cross Country, East Noble Track and Field, East Noble Girls Basketball, Student Council serving as vice president and secretary, National Honor Society, Athletic Leadership Council, Student Government serving as secretary, Avilla Calvary UMC Administrative Council serving as youth representative, and East Noble High School Trine Math Competition Team.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must reside in Noble County, attend an accredited high school, and achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.80 on a 4.00 scale. Through their applications, students demonstrate their development as well-rounded, community-minded citizens through their community service, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, and work experience as well as leadership roles.

In addition to the above criteria, this year’s 34 applicants provided recommendation letters from two references and submitted three essays, which were evaluated by a community foundation committee of six Noble County citizens, who interviewed the top 10 finalists. Names of the finalists were then submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the recipient. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges, and universities in the state.

Those finalists not awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of Noble County. Those students are:
Lydia Andrews – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Allison Baker – West Noble High School
Jenica Berkes – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Kayla Desper – East Noble High School
Mariah Maley – East Noble High School
Lillian Mast – West Noble High School
Wesley Potts – East Noble High School
Lynnette Strong – East Noble High School
Carly Turner – East Noble High School

Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program since its inception in 1998.

Administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. with local support from Indiana community foundations, 4,912 Indiana high school students have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships are the result of a state-wide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education, according to the community foundation. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Pat and Nancy L. Kelty Fund

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Noble County is honored to announce that the estate of Nancy L. Kelty recently completed a bequest to the community foundation. In 2014, Nancy Kelty established the Pat and Nancy L. Kelty Fund at CFNC in memory of her husband, Pat. The Pat and Nancy L. Kelty Fund is an unrestricted fund that supports grant making in Noble County. Nancy also became a member of CFNC’s Noble Legacy Society at that time.

Community involvement was high priority for Pat and Nancy. They were both on the Sylvan Lake Improvement Association and very involved in the Saint Gaspar del Bufalo Catholic Church. Pat was a member of the Kendallville Elks Lodge and made annual appearances around the community as Santa Claus. Pat and Nancy’s nephew, Tim Kelty, remembers “every year for more than 20 years, Nancy would drive Pat aka Santa Claus to visit many homes to hand out presents and spread Christmas cheer.” Tim also says that his aunt and uncle had a definite impact on his commitment to public service.

Noble County always held a special place in Pat and Nancy’s heart. Their niece, Maria Kelty Candelaria, shared, “There was no place more dear to my Uncle Pat and Aunt Nancy’s heart than Noble County.” Maria goes on to say that by donating to the Community Foundation of Noble County they knew they would be doing the most good for the most people. Tim adds, “Community was important to them and they wanted to make an impact locally.”

The mission of CFNC is to improve the quality of life in Noble County. Due to the generosity of Pat and Nancy Kelty, our ability to impact our community has increased greatly. Their legacy of giving will go on forever.

The Noble Legacy Society recognizes those donors who have invested in the future of our community by naming CFNC as a beneficiary of their estate plans or by adding to one of our existing funds within the community foundation. If you would like to learn more about becoming a Noble Legacy Society member, please contact Brad Graden at the Community Foundation of Noble County at 260-894-3335.

2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Interviews

2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Interviews – Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 6 pm at the Community Foundation of Noble County, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier IN.

Students selected to interview:
Lydia Andrews – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Allison Baker – West Noble High School
Anna Becker – East Noble High School
Jenica Berkes – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Kayla Desper – East Noble High School
Mariah Maley – East Noble High School
Lillian Mast – West Noble High School
Wesley Potts – East Noble High School
Lynnette Strong – East Noble High School
Carly Turner – East Noble High School

Students should arrive between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm. Please do not arrive sooner than 5:30 pm.
• Students should dress appropriate for the interview as if it is for a job. Interviews will start at 6 pm with the six judges. Interviews may last until 9 pm. If you have a school obligation that evening, please let us know as soon as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your need to leave early.
• Social distancing will be practiced, and masks are required.
• Feel free to park in front of the building around the circle drive – just pull your vehicle over to the side so other cars can pass.
• Student’s do not need to prepare anything in advance. You will know the answers to the questions we ask.
• Light snacks and sandwiches will be available before or after for students. However, feel free to eat something before you arrive.
• Please bring a photo/senior photo with your name, contact information, college major, college choice (if known) with you. If you do not have one, a photo will be taken during the evening. If you forget to bring one, that is okay. You can mail or email it to us at Jennifer@cfnoble.org.
Direct questions to Jennifer Shultz, Dir. of Communications and Scholarships at Jennifer@cfnoble.org or by calling 260-894-3335.

Welcome New Fund

Do you have a passion or a favorite place?

Fred Wooley (far right), a retired Indiana State Park interpreter, has a passion for nature especially in our Indiana State Parks. Fred has created the Chain O’ Lakes State Park Interpretive Services Fund at the Community Foundation of Noble County.

The Chain O’ Lakes State Park Interpretive Services Fund (Link to Fund) supports the park’s interpretive services including programs and facilities at the Nature Center, the historic Stanley One-room Schoolhouse, and throughout the property.

The fund is dedicated in memory of Jacquelyn Wooley who had a great love for both natural/cultural history, and teaching others, particularly children, about the world around them. She was a partner and great supporter of her husband Fred Wooley, an Indiana State Park interpreter who dedicated his career and life to the resources of Indiana State Parks and to the mission of the parks’ interpretive services.

2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application Available in July

2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application Available Online

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now open. The deadline to apply will be Wednesday, September 9, 2020. The Noble County scholarship recipient will receive four years of full-tuition and required-fees, along with an annual $900 book stipend.

Criteria for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is:

To apply, applicants must be a high school senior who resides in Noble County, plans to receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2021, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. Students must achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.80 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application. Applicants must show evidence of their community service, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, and work experience, as well as, leadership roles.

 

For scholarship information contact:

Jennifer Shultz

Dir. Communications and Scholarships

Jennifer@CFNoble.org