Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announcement

The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Noble County – Elizabeth Dreibelbis of Churubusco Jr/Sr High School. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.

Dreibelbis intends to study English Education at Ball State University in the fall 2024. Some of her activities in high school include Noble County 4-H Fair Grounds Clean up, Park Clean-up with multiple school groups, Animal Shelter and Supply Drive with Student Council, Food Pantry Volunteer at Community Harvest, 4-H Food Stands at Noble and Whitley County Fairs, Musical Tutoring, altering costumes for Churubusco Show Choir and West Noble Theater 33, child watching at Sugar Grove Church of God, Landscaping at Sugar Grove Church of God, sewing projects donated to organizations, New Era Orchestra (co-captain, captain and section leader), golf, Thespian Troupe #971, Student Council (secretary), National Honor Society, Spanish Club (president), Pep Band, Jefferson Township 4-H (secretary), and Noble Couty Junior Leaders. Dreibelbis is the daughter of Amy and Brent Dreibelbis.

“The Community Foundation is honored to be a part of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The excitement within our community is felt as we wish the best to Libby and those interviewed for the scholarship. This scholarship not only opens doors to higher education but also symbolizes the unwavering commitment to nurturing future leaders and change-makers. May the recipient embrace this opportunity with zeal, knowing that their potential is boundless, and the community stands united in celebrating her remarkable journey ahead.”

Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years. The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects both current scholars and alumni with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and Indiana Humanities.

In determining Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, consideration was given to well-rounded seniors through their academics, community service, volunteerism, extracurricular activities, work experience, and leadership roles. This year’s 43 applicants provided recommendation letters from two references and submitted three essays, which were evaluated by the community foundation scholarship committee of six Noble County citizens, who interviewed the top 10 finalists.

After the field of applicants was narrowed down, nominees were submitted to the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, ICI, for the selection of scholarship recipients.

Those finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of Noble County. Those students are:
Benjamin Barker – East Noble High School
Keith Knafel – Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School
Madison Lehman – Churubusco High School
Lauren Munson – East Noble High School
Warner Ott – Churubusco High School
Erin Pippenger – East Noble High School
Sadie Potts – East Noble High School
Sydnee Przemielewski – Churubusco High School
Alyssa Speicher – East Noble High School

Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-99 school year and has supported the program every year since with grants totaling in excess of $505 million. More than 5,200 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.

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.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. Although the Endowment funds programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.

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Community Foundation of Noble County awarded Ignite Your Future Program scholarships and grant by the Don Wood Foundation

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Nov. 29, 2023) – The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to be an Ignite Your Future Program grant recipient of the Don Wood Foundation. DWF created the Ignite Your Future Program to grow and strengthen advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship in northeast Indiana and beyond.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Don Wood Foundation for illuminating the path to education in Noble County, Indiana and Northeast Indiana. Their unwavering commitment to fostering knowledge and empowering our residents through scholarships and grants is paving the way for dreams to flourish. The Don Wood Foundation’s generosity not only opens doors to education but also transforms aspirations into reality, creating a legacy of empowerment for generations to come. Thank you, Don Wood Foundation, for investing in the limitless potential of Noble County and shaping a future filled with promise and achievement,” said Jennifer Norris, director of communications and scholarships, Community Foundation of Noble County.

The Ignite Your Future Program creates opportunities for those living in Noble County, Ind who seek to advance their education in fields related to engineering, industrial technology, and machine tool technology. Examples of fields that Ignite Your Future Program supports include those considered part of Industry 4.0, which is the digital transformation of manufacturing/production, related industries, and value creation processes.

Broader eligible areas for scholarships include:

  • ​Fields related to Engineering and Industrial Technology such as automation engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials engineering, controls engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering design, computer and information technology, automation and systems integration technology, cybersecurity, data analytics, mechatronics, robotics, and industrial informatics;
  • Technology education or leadership;
  • Sales or marketing;
  • Organizational leadership and supervision; and
  • Entrepreneurship.

“We are proud to partner with community foundations such as the Community Foundation of Noble County to incentivize workforce and personal development for local residents,” said Laura Macknick, president and CEO, Don Wood Foundation. “Collaborations like this strengthen the entire region, and we believe that Don Wood would applaud this effort.”

Scholarships and grants in the following areas will be offered to Noble County residents:
certification or associate degree: up to $2,500 per scholarship recipient per semester;
bachelor’s degree: up to $5,000 per scholarship recipient;
graduate degree: up to $5,000 per scholarship recipient per semester;
Workplace Preparedness Grant: up to $1,000 per recipient.

Grants will help recent graduates with a certification, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree to acquire the tools and supplies they need to begin work. A recent graduate is defined as an individual who has completed a certification or degree in a field related to the areas of study listed below in the last 12 months and has accepted employment in northeast Indiana.

Technical Educator Grants: $5,000 per educator per year
Technical Educator Grants can support training, education, and professional development opportunities for technical educators and instructors in the county.

Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the Community Foundation of Noble County’s website at www.CFNoble.org to learn more about Ignite Your Future Program opportunities under the scholarship tab.  The deadline to apply for scholarships is Jan. 18, 2024. Grant applications for the Technical Educator Grants will be available soon.

Specific areas of study that are eligible for Ignite Your Future Program scholarships are smart manufacturing, industrial automation and robotics, industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding technology, cybersecurity, information technology operations, networking, software development, computer science, design technology, electronics and computer technology, and engineering.

The Don Wood Foundation invited community foundations in northeast Indiana to present the Ignite Your Future Program grants and scholarships to students in the communities they serve. This is a two-year pilot program scheduled to begin in Noble County in the coming weeks.

About the Don Wood Foundation

The Don Wood Foundation is a private foundation, established in 2018 by Don Wood, founder of 80/20, Inc., which serves and supports innovators, leaders, collaborators, and skilled workers with the potential to create and sustain opportunities in manufacturing. The Foundation partners with nonprofits and educational institutions to provide sustained investment that supports the development of a diverse workforce through exposure, education, and training to create strong communities rooted in the advancement of manufacturing. Follow Don Wood Foundation on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

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Scholarships Open 11/27/2023

The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce the 2024 Scholarship Season will begin on Monday, 11/27. Those interested in applying can create an account by visiting cfnoble.org/scholarships and follow the link to apply.

This year over 65 unique scholarships are being offered to area high school seniors, college students and adult learners. Applicants are required to take the eligibility quiz to see what scholarships they are matched with and complete the applications along with the 2024 CFNC Main Application. The 2024 CFNC Mail Application will collect all the data such as transcripts, GPA, essays, community service/volunteer service, extra-curricular activities, work experience and references in one form.  Enter your ID number in the named scholarships you are matched with and send out reference requests.

 

Watch for developing news regarding new scholarship opportunities to be announced soon!

 

Reach out to Jennifer at Jennifer@cfnoble.org or call 260.894.3335.

 

 

Office Closed 11/17

Top Honor Students Interviewed

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 September 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 2024 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/work experience, leadership roles and honors and awards and at least a 3.80 high school grade point average.

Students interviewed were:
Benjamin Barker – East Noble High School
Elizabeth Dreibelbis – Churubusco High School
Keith Knafel – Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School
Madison Lehman – Churubusco High School
Lauren Munson – East Noble High School
Warner Ott – Churubusco High School
Erin Pippenger – East Noble High School
Sadie Potts – East Noble High School
Sydnee Przemielewski – Churubusco High School
Alyssa Speicher – East Noble 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 29 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 2023. 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 147 Lilly scholarships are awarded statewide.

Pictured from left are:
Erin Pippenger, Keith Knafel, Warner Ott, Alyssa Speicher, Benjamin Barker, Lauren Munson, Sadie Potts, Madison Lehman, Sydnee Przemielewski, Elizabeth Dreibelbis.

 

Write A Will Workshop 9/14/2023

The Community Foundation of Noble County is offering a free Write A Will information workshop. This is open to the public and registration is required. The date for the Write A Will Workshop is set for Thursday, September 14, 2023. Two different time sessions are scheduled. Attend a morning session in Kendallville at the Noble County Council on Aging located at 516 S. Main Street beginning at 10 am to Noon or late afternoon 4 pm to 6 pm at the Ligonier Public Library at 300 S. Main Street. Learn from Attorneys Douglas J. Atz and Jacob D. Atz of Atz Law Office LLC how to create a simple will. Registration is required by calling 260.894.3335 or email Jennifer@cfnoble.org.

3 Match Opportunities

PRESS RELEASE

August 15, 2023

The Community Foundation of Noble County is excited to share three great opportunities to support your favorite fund and support the good works of the community foundation. The Board of Directors has approved not one but three match opportunities and set aside $100,000 for each of the three matches. The maximum amount matched will be $10k per named organization fund and these opportunities are first come first serve.

MATCH OPPORTUNITIES
• $1 for $1 for gifts made to the Community Impact Fund
• $1 for $1 for gifts made to new and existing endowment funds *Restrictions apply.
• $2 for $1 for gifts made to the Operating Endowment Fund

*Gifts to spendable (‘gifts to cash’) are not eligible. Existing named organization funds, that have more than one fund, are eligible for a maximum of $10k to one named organization fund. The $10k maximum match applies to all new and existing endowment funds.

The match opportunities will begin August 15, 2023, and conclude May 31, 2024, or until the dollars are allocated.

The Community Impact Fund provides support through grants to agencies and organizations that make Noble County a better place to call home. Grant opportunities include non-profit agencies/organizations, and local school districts, area police departments/fire departments and many others. When the Community Impact Fund grows, the more funding available for these non-profit agencies/organizations and schools can be awarded.

New and existing endowment funds serve as support to designated non-profits and scholarships. When the endowment grows for these funds so does the distribution. Existing named organization/agency funds are encouraged to grow their endowment support. If you are interested in starting a new endowment fund to support your favorite cause, contact Margarita White at Margarita@CFNoble.org or 260.894.3335.

The Community Foundation’s Operating Endowment Fund supports the operating budget of the Foundation. This funding ensures the foundation can continue to provide staffing to oversee the grantmaking processes, scholarship management, financial prudence, leadership, and youth philanthropy that has been provided over the last 32 years.

Donors and fund representatives are asked to consider a gift to grow the endowment funds that make Noble County a better place to call home. Your generosity, in any amount, makes a difference in Noble County.

To give online visit CFNoble.org/donate or mail a check to Community Foundation of Noble County, PO Box 210, Ligonier IN 46767.

By working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.

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Welcome Miriam Kline

The Community Foundation of Noble County is pleased to announce Miriam Kline has accepted the summer administrative assistant/intern position. Miriam is a recent graduate of Churubusco High School.  She played 4 years of varsity tennis, participated in band for 7 years, and is the president of her 4-H club, Helping Hands. She will be attending Huntington University this fall to double major in Communications and Public Relations.

Welcome Miriam!

Office Closed 5/24/23

2023 Scholarship Recipients Announced

PRESS RELEASE
May 23, 2023

After years of schooling, tests, and studying, Noble County high school seniors and college/adult-age students were awarded for their achievements on behalf of the Community Foundation of Noble County. Central Noble, Churubusco, East Noble, Lakewood Park Christian School, Prairie Heights, and West Noble high schools each hosted an honors night/day to award their high school seniors with these scholarships and applaud their hard work. A staggering $194,000 was awarded to these hard-working students, thanks to the generosity of donors and the Community Foundation of Noble County.

Jennifer Shultz, Director of Communications and Scholarship said “The Community Foundation of Noble County is honored to offer over 55 unique scholarship opportunities with a wide G.P.A. range to our area high school seniors, college students, and adults who seek to reach their career goals. We appreciate the partnerships with our donors who wish to leave a legacy by offering such opportunities. We are grateful for the time commitment by the volunteer committee members to review the scholarship applications. The community foundation looks forward to the continued support of area schools, volunteers, and donors as the 2024 scholarship season begins in late November 2023”.

To learn more about applying for scholarships, visit cfnoble.org/scholarships. For additional information or questions, contact Jennifer Shultz by email at Jennifer@cfnoble.org, by phone at (260) 894-3335.

Central Noble Jr/High School Scholarship Recipients

Brayden Fletcher, 2023 Carol Ann Tieman Scholarship

Brayden Fletcher, 2023 Cathy S. Knopp Theatrical Scholarship

Elisabeth Mains, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Bachelor’s Program Scholarship

Jonah Hopf, 2023 Art and Jeanne Howard 4-H Scholarship

Kya Lock, 2023 John E. and Joan E. Robinson Scholarship in Memory of their son Bill Robinson

Kya Lock, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 2

Kyndal Pease, 2023 Jack R. and Maxine C. Frymier Scholars Award

Kyndal Pease, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Education Scholarship

Lena Jackson, 2023 Charles and Bernard Duesler Scholarship

Lena Jackson, 2023 Dr. David and Alvena VanMeter Scholarship

Madison Vice, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Medical Profession Scholarship

McKenzie Tracy , 2023 Hazel Brown Truelove Scholarship

 

Churubusco High School Scholarship Recipients

Eva Refeld, 2023 John E. and Joan E. Robinson Scholarship in Memory of their son Bill Robinson

Eva Refeld, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Hailey Holbrook, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Kena Hamman, 2023 Tony and Gertrude Kichler Scholarship

Miriam Kline, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

 

East Noble High School Scholarship Recipients

Addison Dills, 2023 Clarence and Marie Woolf Scholarship

Addison Dills, 2023 Hilda H. Rehwinkel Scholarship

Addison Dills, 2023 Max Sneary, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

Addison Dills, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Medical Profession Scholarship

Addison Dills, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Gabriel Zimmerman, 2023 Benjamin Murray Memorial Scholarship

Gabriel Zimmerman, 2023 Captain James M. Treesh Scholarship

Gabriel Zimmerman, 2023 East Noble Class of 1969 Scholarship

Gabriel Zimmerman, 2023 Talia Joy Smith “Performing Arts” Scholarship

Jenna Trout, 2023 Benjamin Murray Memorial Scholarship

Kati Mosley, 2023 Cecil C. and Bettie I. Smith Scholarship

Khloe Pankop, 2023 Benjamin B. and Kathleen June Earley Memorial Scholarship

Kolton Hunt, 2023 Paul Pelikan Memorial Scholarship

Kya Mosley, 2023 Joseph A. and Lolita J. Hornett Memorial Scholarship

Laney Schlichtenmyer, 2023 Delta Theta Tau Sorority IOTA IOTA Chapter Scholarshp Fund in Memory of Tammi Riecke

Laney Schlichtenmyer, 2023 Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Scholarship

Max Bender, 2023 John E. and Joan E. Robinson Scholarship in Memory of their son Bill Robinson

Max Bender, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 1

Max Bender, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 2

Max Bender, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Molly McCord,   2023 Trent Zuehsow Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Becker, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Education Scholarship

Rachel Becker, 2023 Peter R. Bottomley Scholarship

Rachel Becker, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Robert Rogers, 2023 Arthur and Hazel Auer Scholarship

Robert Rogers, 2023 Dave Smith Memorial Scholarship

Robert Rogers, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Bachelor’s Program Scholarship

Sage Lawrence, 2023 John and Mary Schermerhorn Memorial Scholarship

 

Lakewood Park Christian School Recipient
Austin Shepherd, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

 

West Noble High School Scholarship Recipients

Adalie Harper, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Bachelor’s Program Scholarship

Andrew Saggars, 2023 Chuck Schlemmer Memorial Scholarship

Avery Kruger, 2023 P.U.L.S.E. SENIOR Scholarship

Benjamin Shaw, 2023 Caitlyn Marie Halferty Memorial Scholarship

Benjamin Shaw, 2023 Doris Gene Alber Ferrari Scholarship

Benjamin Shaw, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Education Scholarship

Benjamin Shaw, 2023 Timothy J. Martin Memorial Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 John E. and Joan E. Robinson Scholarship in Memory of their son Bill Robinson

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Ligonier Elks Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 1

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Noble County Retired Teachers’ Association in Memory of Deceased Teachers

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Medical Profession Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Prudence E. Gardner Memorial Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Susan A. Price Memorial Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Susan Marie Stone Scholarship

Bethany Trinklein, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Emily Mawhorter, 2023 Cromwell High School Alumni Scholarship

Emily Mawhorter, 2023 Ligonier Elks Scholarship

Emily Mawhorter, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 1

Emily Mawhorter, 2023 Noble County Memorial Scholarship – 2

Grant Flora, 2023 Top Honors Scholarship

Isabella Bartlett, 2023 Doris Gene Alber Ferrari Scholarship

Isabella Bartlett, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Education Scholarship

Isaiah Lowe, 2023 Brandon A. Replogle “Celebrate the Arts” Memorial Scholarship

Joshua Ness, 2023 Gerald and Catheleen Hayes Scholarship

Joshua Ness, 2023 Jennie Thompson Scholarship

Kennidy Doege, 2023 Russell Smith Music Scholarship

Lee Stringfellow , 2023 Edgell Vocational Scholarship

Lee Stringfellow , 2023 Edward and Beverly Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship

Lee Stringfellow , 2023 Wawaka Alumni Scholarship

 

Prairie Heights High School Scholarship Recipient

Isaac Derbyshire, 2023 Kris Campbell “Any Dream Will Do” Scholarship

 

College/Adult Scholarship Recipients

Aletha Hoover, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Austin Liepe, 2023 Nathan Shumaker Memorial Scholarship

Austin Liepe, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Bergen Tom, 2023 Hal Prickett Memorial Scholarship

Jackson Hoover, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Kolton Bailey, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Kolton Bailey, 2023 Paul Glass Memorial Scholarship

Lillian Mast, 2023 Chuck Schlemmer Memorial College Scholarship

Lillian Mast, 2023 Fred and Mildred Seymoure (Young) Memorial Scholarship

Lillian Mast, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Mariah Maley, 2023 Dr. Richard R. (MD) and Theresa M. Gutstein Memorial Scholarship

Mariah Maley, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

Stephanie Lewis, 2023 Max and Elizabeth Roesler Memorial Scholarship

Susan Haviland, 2023 Max and Elizabeth Roesler Memorial Scholarship

Will Hoover, 2023 Oliver and Eleanor Ellenbecker Previous Award Winner Scholarship

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