2016 College Scholarships Awarded

Scholarship capThe Noble County Community Foundation Board of Directors recently awarded a total of $188,400 in scholarships during the 2015-2016 scholarship season to area high school and college students including college student Rachel Schermerhorn, of Ligonier, who received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to students who previously received a one-year or two-year scholarship administered by the Noble County Community Foundation.  Schermerhorn is studying speech pathology at Ball State University.

Maggie Kitt of rural Albion received the Tony and Gertrude Kichler Scholarship.  This scholarship is awarded to a high school senior or college student who resides in Green or Noble Townships who is pursuing a college education in music, medicine or religion. Kitt also received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship.  Kitt is studying biochemistry at the University of Evansville.

Natalie Pine of Avilla received the Nathan Shumaker Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is for a student from Noble County in the second or subsequent year of college (post high-school) education who received some or all of K-12 schooling through home school or a Christian School.  Shumaker of Kendallville was just 16 years old when he was killed in an automobile crash in 2005.  He was a sophomore at East Noble High school at the time of his death and was involved in the East Noble Car Team. Pine also received the Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner scholarship.  Pine is studying Social Work/English at Loyola University Chicago.


Emily Schneider of Kendallville received the Paul Pelikan Memorial Scholarship.  This scholarship is for an East Noble High School senior or graduate who has demonstrated great effort to achieve and overcome adversity with preference given to educationally challenged students.  Schneider is studying Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Indiana Wesleyan University.

The Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. is home to a variety of scholarships for college, adult and high school seniors. The 2017 application for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be offered online in August 2016 for 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 2017, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.  High school seniors should check back with the community foundation regarding specific criteria requirements. Deadline for this scholarship application will be at the end of August or beginning of September 2016 on the foundation’s website www.NobleCountyCF.org. All other scholarships offered through the community foundation will be available online at the foundation’s website www.NobleCountyCF.org in mid-November 2016.

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Graden Is Recipient of 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Noble County Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

    A Noble County student has been named recipient of four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Noble County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Lucas Graden of East Noble was selected to receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.  Lucas is the son of Kelly and Bradley Graden of Kendallville.

Lucas plans to study Telecommunications/Film and Television/Digital Media Production at Butler University. Some of his activities in high school include Mayors Youth Advisory Council, National Honor Society, Basket Brigade, Trinity United Methodist Church, East Noble Theatre, Tennis, Show Choir and Archery as well as other activities.

Upon the surprise announcement Lucas stated, “Gee, I haven’t been called down to the Principal’s office since elementary school. This is unbelievable – high school is almost over and what a dream to actually achieve this.”

Parents Kelly and Bradley said, “We are very proud of Lucas and all of his achievements – we are truly blessed.”

To be eligible for the scholarship students must reside in Noble County and attend an accredited high school, and achieve a high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.  Students need to be well-rounded seniors through their community service, volunteerism and extracurricular activities and work experience as well as leadership roles.

This year’s applicants were initially scored for performance, community service and volunteerism, extracurricular activities and work experience, as well as leadership roles.

This year’s 58 Lilly applicants also provided recommendation letters from three references and submitted three essays, which were evaluated by a community foundation committee of six Noble County citizens, who interviewed the top 10 finalists.  Those finalists not offered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc.

Names of the top candidate and two alternatives were then submitted for final selection approval to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.  Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.  There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Deadline Changes for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program
Attention High School Seniors
Direct questions to Jennifer at the community foundation by calling 260-894-3335 or email Jennifer@NobleCountyCF.org

The community foundation received information from the administrators of the program, Independent Colleges of Indiana, the program will once again be offered to Noble County through the community foundation. We are again pleased to be able to participate in this program. This scholarship comes with its own set of guidelines the community foundation is obligated to follow as well as the recipient. That being said, information received indicated the deadline date for the 2017 LECS has been moved up.

Students can apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org beginning August 3, 2016 to September 7, 2016 @3:30 pm.
Apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org login and you MUST register an account to start your application process beginning August 3, 2016.  Save your work online!
Highlights of the new criteria:  G.P.A. 3.80. You cannot round up your G.P.A. Submit 2 recommendations. Even if you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT, you can still apply.

Criteria for Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
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 2017, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private 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.

Top Honor Finalists for this scholarship will be posted on our website www.NobleCountyCF.org on Friday, September 30, 2016 and your interview, if selected, will be Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6 pm at the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, IN 46767.

Apply online at www.NobleCountyCF.org between 8/3/16 to 9/7/16 at 3:30 pm



Julia Atz Music Scholarship $2,500

The Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. is now accepting applications for the Julia L. Atz Scholarship.   This scholarship was created by Julia Atz and her husband John Atz and upon their death, the family continues to honor the legacy of music enthusiast Julia L. Atz.  Julia’s passion for music and the arts guided her family in establishing this scholarship fund.  We are pleased to assist in fulfilling her desire to share her passion for music.

This will be the ninth year the $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a college or a post graduate student pursuing a career in classical music performance or conducting.  Applicants must have a college GPA of 3.0 or above.  This scholarship is open to applicants from outside Indiana; however, preference will be given to applicants who are from Indiana.

The Julia L. Atz Scholarship application can be found on the Noble County Community Foundation’s website www.NobleCountyCF.org.  (Just click on the scholarship tab, then Julia L. Atz Scholarship for a link to the application). Please share this opportunity with your students. Here is the link to the website application. https://cfnoble.org/scholarships/julia-l-atz-scholarship/


Please note that the submission deadline is April 29, 2016.


If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact me at the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. at 260-894-3335 or by email at Jennifer@NobleCountyCF.org


Re: Help Bridge the Generational Gaps – Attend Noble

County’s Senior Citizen’s Prom

Attention senior citizens! It’s time to grab your leis, grass skirts, ukuleles, sunglasses, and your friends for a fabulous night out at our 10th Annual Senior Citizen Prom for all of Noble County. It’s a night of dining, dancing, and a chance to win some pretty awesome door prizes. You could also be voted as this year’s king or queen! This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau”. Attendees are encouraged to get dressed up in their Hawaiian shirts and dresses, or any floral attire.

The prom will be on April 16, 2016 at the cafeteria of East Noble High School (901 South Garden Street, Kendallville, IN 46755). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and end at 9 p.m. The cost for a single is $10 and $20 for a couple. You must be registered by April 4, 2016. Send your names, address and phone numbers with your payment to 1599 Lincolnway South Ligonier, IN 46767. Make your checks out to the Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. with P.U.L.S.E. PROM in the memo.

The Senior prom is hosted by the P.U.L.S.E (Philanthropists Utilizing Lifelong Service and Education) high school students from Noble County. As one of their many community service projects, the students continue to offer the prom each year in hopes of bridging those generation gaps. The students decorate the facility according to the theme each year (in this case, a Hawaiian Luau theme), take individual photos of guests, provide a full dinner and dessert, provide live entertainment and music from the FORDS, and hand out lots of door prizes for many attendees. Special favors for each are also provided, and the PULSE students encourage seniors to dress in their floral attire to complete the Hawaiian mood for the evening, although it is not mandatory. Please join them for a very special evening. With this year being their 10th anniversary, the prom will be better than ever, so don’t miss it! Even if you do not dance, it is always fun to listen to great music, dine and watch the others, as well as spending time with friends and a chance to win prizes.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Noble County Community Foundation, Inc. at 260-894-3335.

Top Honors Interviews for the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship: 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 2016, and will pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. Requires community service and at least a 3.5 high school grade point average.  

Top Honors Interview for 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Brown, Claire – East Noble
Buchanan, Sarah – West Noble
Devers, Lynsee – East Noble
Graden, Lucas – East Noble
Kane, Daniel – East Noble
Ness, Samantha – West Noble
Phan, Phillip – East Noble
Stohlman, Timothy – West Noble
Stayner, William – Central Noble
Yoquelet, Alyssa – East Noble

Students are to be at the Noble County Community Foundation office located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana between 5:30 pm and 5:40 pm on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship interview.Pic of cap and diploma for website top honors interviews for lilly scholarship 2016

NCCF Featured on News Channel 21

We made it in the news!

Recently, ABC’s News Channel 21’s “Life’s Better Here” Campaign featured an INSight Interview with Executive Director Linda Speakman-Yerick and Marketing and Development Intern Jonathon Kane.

21 Alive’s Dirk Rowley hosted the interview, and the program aired on 21’s station June 16, 2015. In the video, the NCCF staff  gives a rundown of the basics of what a community foundation does and what the future holds for NCCF.

Check it out!

Indiana’s Community Foundations Hit Halfway Mark of $66 Million Matching Grant Challenge


CONTACT: Linda Speakman-Yerick
PHONE: 260-894-3335
EMAIL: linda@noblecountycf.org

Indiana’s Community Foundations Hit Halfway Mark 4649_001 (3)of $66 Million Matching Grant Challenge

NOBLE COUNTY “Giving for Tomorrow” (3/11/15) – Indiana counties are a little richer today. In July 2014, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a statewide challenge grant to community foundations, totaling $66 million, with incentives that include a $1-for-$1 dollar match.

Those incentives have worked. Community foundations have already raised more than 50% toward the match.

“With this grant, and the different match opportunities, we are projecting more than $130 million will be raised for our communities. We still have a way to go but are thrilled with such a strong start,” says Rosemary Dorsa, vice president of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, a membership association that supports Indiana’s community foundations.

The Endowment crafted the Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow (GIFT) grant opportunity to allow community foundations to have flexibility in how the charitable funds can be used in each community, and offer meaningful incentives that encourage community members to get involved.

The local community foundation, NOBLE COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION is eligible for $500,000 if it meets its match challenge by March 31, 2016. Through March 5, 2015 have raised $216,372 of additional endowed gifts.

“NOBLE COUNTY is excited to be a part of this opportunity,” says Linda Speakman-Yerick, Executive Director “Once we meet the challenge, we will have $1,150,000 to invest in our community.”

This GIFT initiative matching grant greatly enhances the local community and Indiana as a whole. In 1990, when the first GIFT grant was made, Indiana was home to only a dozen community foundations. Now, there are 94 community foundations and county affiliate funds in Indiana, serving each of Indiana’s 92 counties. Local leaders and community volunteers make decisions that positively address their own unique community needs.

“The grant is in line with a long-time vision of Indiana communities growing their capacity to make critical decisions for their own people now and in the future,” says Dorsa.

Funds are invested to grow over time, creating a greater impact year after year. This matching opportunity is the sixth phase of the Endowment’s GIFT initiative for Indiana community foundations. The GIFT initiative was designed to help local Indiana communities develop the philanthropic capacity to address their own needs and challenges. Since 1990, the value of Indiana’s community foundations that have regularly participated in GIFT grew from $30 million to almost $2 billion, and more than $915 million went back into the communities through local grants.

This new matching challenge continues that growth and could add about $132 million in new dollars, which would generate $6 million or more in additional grants every year…forever! But, donors are needed. “This generous match opportunity is exciting because anyone can get involved in a big way,” says Dorsa. “Many gifts to community endowments will be matched $1 for $1, which effectively doubles that donor’s gift.”

The $1-for-$1 match includes a focus on building community endowments that are unrestricted and have the greatest flexibility to respond to local needs from year to year, decade to decade. The Endowment’s match will be in amounts from $500,000 to $2 million, depending on the population of the county.

Each community foundation or affiliate fund has designed its own challenge within the parameters of the grant and should be contacted for local eligibility. Typically, gifts qualifying for matching funds must consist of contributions of cash or property which can include marketable securities, cash equivalents, and real property. Multi-year pledges are also able to be matched as long as each gift is received by the community foundation before March 31, 2016.
Noble County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Noble County forever. To obtain information, contact Linda Speakman-Yerick – 260-894-3335 or email at linda@noblecountycf.org and visit our web site at www.noblecountycf.org

Captain James M. Treesh Scholarship

New Scholarship Fund offered in 2015!

Captain James M. Treesh Scholarship Fund
By Alicia Stauffer, William Rollins & Karen (Susie) Treesh-Knepper

Jim Treesh was born on June 9th, 1940 at his grandparent’s farm in Lagrange County. He was raised in Kendallville, Indiana and later moved to Cree Lake. Jim was a very kind, funny, smart, and athletic young man. In his younger days Jim attended Lake James Bible Camp.
Bill Rollins, Jim’s cousin and good friend, remembers good memories with Jim. They both graduated from Kendallville High School in 1958 and played on the football team together.
In an interview, Bill said, “He was a hard worker and dedicated. He ran track and cross country and football and was very serious. He was just a nice individual. He didn’t have a temper, but got along with everyone. He was athletic and worked out. He would do whatever he could for you to help you out.”
Karen (Susie) Treesh-Knepper, Jim’s sister, shared some of her favorite memories of her brother. “I remember him playing soldier on our grandparent’s farm with a wooden gun and a pan on his head as a helmet when he was about 6 or 8. He was always taking a toy airplane or making a paper one and making humming noises as he would have it “fly’ about his head. He would draw pictures of tanks, airplanes, and soldiers, so I think he was destined to become a soldier in later years. Jim loved to run and he ran every day in Germany. They called him the American Snowman as he ran in a white jogging suit. He loved our grandmother’s cherry pie and she made him one every time she saw him until she got too old to bake anymore. (She lived to be 100 years old.).”
Jim attended Orlando Junior College for the first two years and then transferred to Indiana Central in Indianapolis where he graduated. He became a teacher in Nashville, Indiana until he enlisted in the Vietnamese War after President Kennedy was shot. He attended the Officers Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Georgia. Jim got stationed in Germany and Korea when he volunteered to go to Vietnam so that he could then be posted stateside and eventually get married and raise a family. He studied the Vietnamese language in Monterey, California and was an advisor.
Bill said, “I remember when we had our last get together. We were at my mother’s house. Jim got his papers and didn’t want to talk about it. He knew he was going to a dangerous place.”
Jim was killed in Vietnam on May 3rd, 1970 and was only 29 years old.
One of Jim’s favorite Bible verses was John 3:16— “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Bill decided to start a scholarship fund at the Noble County Community Foundation as a way to honor Jim and his parents, Paul and Louise. Bill said, “It seemed like a nice thing to do to honor Jim because of the fact that we lost him so young.”
Susie said, “Jim would have made a significant contribution to society had he lived. He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, teacher, and fellow human being.”
This scholarship is one way that Jim’s legacy can live on. He sacrificed and contributed his life for the freedom of Americans. He was a true hero!