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

 

Congratulations East Noble Scholarship Recipients

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

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.

Sincerely,
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!
#NobleCountyScholars
#Thankyoudonors

Best to you!

The Community Foundation of Noble County designates $100,000 for disaster response

3/26/2020
The Community Foundation of Noble County designates $100,000 for disaster response.

The Community Foundation of Noble County Board of Directors has created a new fund to address the impact of COVID-19 in our community. Through the new CFNC Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation has set aside $75,000 to support the immediate needs of key organizations in our county. Foundation staff members are reaching out to local nonprofit organizations to better understand the immediate needs in our community, and how the Foundation and others can best support the work being done.

The Foundation has also chosen to support two local organizations, Noble County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (NCCCOAD) and the United Way of Noble County, that are already working to provide needed support in Noble County. $15,000 has been designated to the Noble County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (NCCOAD) Fund. These funds will support nonprofits and qualified agents who are working on the frontlines, and are designated for food and other urgent, unmet needs. Questions related to the NCCOAD and how to apply may be directed to the Noble County Emergency Management Office at 260-636-2938.

The Foundation designated $10,000 to the United Way of Noble County’s Emergency Relief Fund. Questions regarding the UWNC Emergency Relief Fund can be directed to Debi Pfaffenberger, Executive Director of UWNC, at 260-306-5360.

Community donors are encouraged to assist in this effort to support local nonprofits by donating to these funds or to organizations directly. Online donations to either the CFNC Disaster Response Fund or the NCCOAD Fund can be made via the community foundation’s website, www.cfnoble.org. Contact the CFNC office at 260-894-3335, or email Brad Graden, CFNC Executive Director, at brad@cfnoble.org with questions.

NCCOAD Activated in Response to COVID 19

03/20/2020

The Noble County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (NCCOAD) works in collaboration with state and national disaster response organizations, Emergency Management and The Department of Homeland Security. NCCOAD includes representatives from nonprofits, churches, the Community Foundation of Noble County and other organizations who have been collaborating to plan for emergency situations such as this for the past seven years.

As many have asked how they can help, the NCCOAD is officially activating in response to the COVID 19 emergency. The fiscal agent of the NCCOAD is the Community Foundation of Noble County. A response fund is now open and receiving funds through the Community Foundation. These funds will be designated to support nonprofits and qualified agents who are working to assist Noble County residents impacted by the COVID 19 cascade of events.

The funds will be designated for food and other unmet needs to support the agencies working on the frontline; specifically items such as liquid hand soap, disinfecting supplies, and other expenses associated with new needs related to childcare in light of daycares and schools being closed during the emergency. In short, those items helping agencies continue to stay open and assist directly while maintaining the safety of all. Agencies applying for assistance must provide proof of a valid nonprofit status.

To make a tax-deductible donation please go to the following link: https://cfnoble.org/donate-now/donate-online/. Once there, click the box next to “I would like to designate this donation to a specific fund” and choose NCCOAD (NC Community Organizations Active in Disaster) Fund.

About CCOAD:
Questions regarding this fund may be directed to the Community Foundation of Noble County at 260-894-3335. Questions related to the NCCOAD may be directed to the Noble County Emergency Management Office at 260-636-2938. Emails may be directed to LTRG@nobleco.us.