Congratulations East Noble Scholarship Recipients

Watch the East Noble High School senior award video presentation!
Congratulations to all the seniors and the scholarship recipients!

Best to you!

Community Partners

Dear Friends,

I want to make sure you are aware of some exciting Noble County news that took place over the past few weeks. First, the Noble County Economic Development Corporation was awarded a grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The EDC received over $95,000 to help fund a micro-grant program that will target at-risk small county businesses. Second, the United Way of Noble County (UWNC) received a $275,000 COVID-19 Economic Relief Initiative grant, which will benefit area human and social service nonprofits.

The citizens of Noble County are fortunate to have organizations such as the Noble County EDC and UWNC in their corner. CFNC has been asked to partner with both organizations through their application review process. It is these types of collaborative opportunities that will make us a stronger community moving forward. As we move on from these troubled times, CFNC will continue to look for new opportunities to collaborate with these key county organizations for the betterment of our community.

If you would like to learn more about these collaborations or would like to talk about how you can support CFNC in its efforts, please call me at 260-894-3335.

Brad Graden
Executive Director
Community Foundation of Noble County

Congratulations West Noble Scholarship Recipients

Watch the West Noble High School senior award video presentation!
Congratulations to all the seniors and the scholarship recipients!

Best to you!

Students Interviewed for 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Noble County recently interviewed ten top honor students in the final phase of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship nomination process for Noble County. These students were selected to interview based on their applications submitted in August to the community foundation which were reviewed by a panel of judges representing the central, east and west part of Noble County.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides four years of full-tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, who will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2020, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Community Foundation of Noble County also requires community service, volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and honors and awards and at least a 3.80 high school grade point average.

Students interviewed were:
Robert Bridegam – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School
Madelyn Hosford – East Noble High School
Benjamin Jansen – East Noble High School
Austin Liepe – East Noble High School
Ian Schowe – East Noble High School
Emily Silver – Lakewood Park Christian School
Kristina Teel – West Noble High School
Bergen Tom – West Noble High School
Emma Wilkins – West Noble High School
Jocelyn Winebrenner – Central Noble Jr/Sr High School

Names of the top candidates will be submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc for final selection of the recipient. ICI is a nonprofit organization that represents 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The Noble County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be announced in early December 2019. Finalists not selected for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of Noble County

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to 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. A total of 143 Lilly scholarships are awarded statewide.

Pictured seated are Emily Silver, Bergen Tom, Madelyn Hosford, Emma Wilkins, Jocelyn Winebrenner. Standing are Ian Schowe, Austin Liepe, Kristina Teel, Benjamin Jansen and Robert Bridegam.

Career Opportunity

Job Posting: Executive Director

Community Foundation of Noble County

The Community Foundation of Noble County seeks to hire a dynamic, community and people-oriented servant leader to take the work of the foundation to the next level. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in the areas of project management, resource development, outstanding customer service and community building.

Purpose of the Position:  The Executive Director (ED) reports directly to and works in partnership with the Board of Directors (the “Board”) and operates under the general direction of the Board, within the policies established by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, policies and guidelines as duly adopted, and consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. It is important to note that this job description is subject to change as deemed necessary by the Board for effective pursuit and achievement of the Community Foundation’s mission, vision and strategic plan.

The Executive Director provides professional leadership in partnership with the Board to accomplish CFNC’s mission and vision; supervises and oversees the day-to-day operations, growth and development of the Community Foundation; administers the implementation of Board policies and plans toward the accomplishment of CFNC goals; employs sound business practices; is prudent, ethical, honest and efficient in all actions and decisions made on behalf of the Community Foundation.  The ED also serves as ex-officio, non-voting member of the Board and Executive Committee.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Donor Development & Relations
Plan & Program Development
Board Relations and Organizational Visioning and Planning
Community Relations, Advancement and Leadership
Investment/Fund Management

Qualifications and Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s Degree and relevant skills and professional experience required
Ten years of progressively responsible experience in the management of a community-related operation
Experience with charitable giving, fund development, sales, financial management, grant administration
and/or nonprofit organizations will be highly considered
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
Ability to use computer-related software and technology to accomplish tasks

Compensation and Benefits
The compensation and benefits of this position will be consistent with the candidate’s qualifications, education and experience level as well as in line with the geographical area and Foundations of a similar size within our region.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, references and complete a brief questionnaire via the link below by September 23, 2019. No phone calls please.

Career Opportunity


The Community Foundation of Noble County seeks a full-time, Financial Coordinator. The Financial Coordinator is responsible for the day-to-day tracking of financial transactions. The ideal candidate has strong attention to detail, demonstrated experience in accounting, and a heart for serving the community. The Financial Coordinator works with staff, donors,committees, and board members to ensure the Foundation’s assets are stewarded to the highest standard.


A high school diploma is required. An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred.


At least five years of basic accounting experience required.

See additional details listed below.

Financial Coordinator

Job Description

Description of Position:

The Financial Coordinator of the Community Foundation of Noble County is a salaried, full-time exempt position,that requires an average of 37.5 hours of work weekly. The Financial Coordinator is responsible for many of the Foundation’s day-to-day accounting activities. This position supports the preparation of monthly and quarterly financial statements, and income and expense reports. The Financial Coordinator supports the oversight of the operating budget and sends routine fund statements. This position works collaboratively with auditors, staff, and Board members.

For more information, please follow the link below.


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2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application

The application period for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is now to August 28, 2019 at 11 pm.

The Community Foundation of Noble County administers many different scholarships to help students achieve their educational dreams. Other scholarships are also available to apply for, though the list typically changes from year to year, other scholarships are generally offered mid-November through January, with a few exceptions. The scholarships awarded are to be used for tax-exempt college expenses, excluding housing or transportation unless otherwise stated. A student awarded or declining the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is not eligible for any other scholarships offered through the Community Foundation of Noble County.

2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Criteria: Four years of full tuition and required fees awarded to one well-rounded high school senior who resides in Noble County, that will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2020, 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.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

*NOTE: Top Honor Finalists for this scholarship will be posted on our website on Friday, October 4, 2019 and your interview, if selected, will be Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 6 pm at the Community Foundation of Noble County located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767. Those selected to interview should arrive at the community foundation between 5:30 pm and 5:45 pm.

Click here to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Other scholarships offered through the community foundation for 2019-2020 will be available to apply online through the community foundation’s website around mid November 2019 to mid January 2020.

Scholarship questions may be directed Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm to:

Jennifer Shultz
Director of Communications and Scholarships

Scholarship Deadline for General Scholarships is Jan. 15, 2019 at 4 pm

The scholarship deadline for General Scholarships is approaching on January 15, 2019 at 4 pm.

The Community Foundation of Noble County is home to over 60 unique scholarships ranging from career choice, college attending and high school attending just to name a few.

Because each scholarship is unique, applicants should follow the link below to be directed to the scholarship information page on our website.  From there applicants can read more about getting started and creating an account to begin the process.

When applying to the General Scholarships being offered November – January, students are asked to complete the Master Application. This application collects the bulk of the applicant’s information such as academics, career/college choice, three required essays, community service/volunteer service, extra curricular activities/work experience and two references.

Most of the named scholarships simply ask applicants to enter the ID number. Some will ask an additional question or have an extra essay to complete.
The bulk of the applicant’s information is only gathered one time. When the applicant enters the ID number for the named scholarships, this tells the system, “include my information in the pool of applicants.”
Otherwise, applicants would be entering their academics, career/college choice, etc. each time for each scholarship.
The system will not let a student submit an application if a required question/field is left incomplete.
The Julia L. Atz Scholarship Application period is early spring to April 30, 2019. The Julia L. Atz Scholarship will award $2,500 in the fall to a senior (or entering their senior year in the fall) in college or a post-graduate student pursuing a career in classical music performance or conducting, and with a college GPA of 3.00 or above. An applicant can re-apply and receive financial support in ensuing or subsequent years. Preference will be given to applicants from Indiana. Deadline to apply is 4 pm on April 30, 2019.

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Jenna Ott Named as New Executive Director

Ligonier – The board of directors of the Community Foundation of Noble County have announced a new executive director.  Jenna Ott of Albion will take over the daily oversight of the organization.

Ott is a graduate of Churubusco High School and a long-time resident of Noble County.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Manchester University, and she completed her MBA at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.

For nearly nine years, Ott has worked as a Program Officer at the Dekko Foundation where she manages a portfolio of grants and mentors a youth philanthropy leadership team.  Before coming to the Dekko Foundation, Ott worked in development for the Community Foundation of Whitley County, and she spent time in fund development at LEAP of Noble County.

Ott will replace interim executive director, Mark Demske.  Demske was appointed in March 2017 after the unexpected passing of Linda Speakman-Yerick, who served as the executive director since late 2008.  Demkse will resume his duties as a member of the community foundation’s board of directors and its committees.

In announcing the news, Rebecca Schroeder, Vice President of the board of directors stated “We are very grateful Mark stepped up to take on the role to serve the community foundation and help with the transition during the difficult time of Linda’s passing. Through Demske’s efforts, the community foundation has been able to thrive during the transition, allowing the organization’s good work to continue to impact Noble County for the better.”

Ott and husband Mike live in Albion with their three children, Warner, Weston and Delaney. Outside of work, Ott prefers to spend her time with family and friends, and is active in her home parish of Immaculate Conception Ege.  She is a busy 4-H mom and loves attending various sporting events as her children’s biggest fan.  Ott stated “I am honored to have been chosen for this important role in our community.  Community foundations are uniquely positioned to help ensure the success of our county for the future, and I am excited to be part of an organization that will impact Noble County residents for generations to come.”

Ott will begin her duties at the community foundation on July 19.  A welcome reception will be held at a later date.