P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County members visit Egg Basket of the Midwest

P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County members visit Egg Basket of the Midwest

Participate in Phil’s EGGcellent Adventure

Youth philanthropists and their adult mentors visited Warsaw, Indiana last weekend to participate in a retreat for members of Youth Pods.  Youth Pods are groups of young people that receive support from the Dekko Foundation to practice bringing about positive change in their communities.

Held in the ‘Egg Basket of the Midwest,’ Phil’s EGGcellent Adventure was planned and hosted by a team of young leaders called ‘phish.’  (phish stands for philanthropic ideas, strategy and heart.)

Attending the retreat from Noble County, Indiana were: Madison Ritchie, Lexi Ortiz, Jackie White, Karen Silva, Lydia Worman, Erin Maneke, Allison Baker, Kellie Waring, Reggie Parker, Austin Kugler, and Ben Jansen.

“The number one idea that I gained from the Eggcellent retreat was how to tackle road blocks such as attendance and communication issues by practicing four different ideas in the youth pod. The four ideas were self-examination, which means focusing on how your actions affect others. The next was staying open to growth and change within the pod and community. The third idea was trusting each other in the pod. The last idea was being open to mutual actions and working together. I will be sure to take these ideas back to my pod for a great year!” Kellie Waring, P.U.L.S.E. President

The young people were supported by their adult mentors: Katie Mullins and Margarita White

“Never underestimate the power of a teenager. I spent 3 days with nearly 200 teenagers that have the power, willingness, and drive to positively impact our community well into the future and all adults need to do is give them the guidance and the freedom to do so.” Katie Mullins, P.U.L.S.E. Navigator

Highlights of Phil’s EGGcellent Adventure included:

  • Sharing ideas among Youth Pod members from Alabama, Indiana, Iowa and Minnesota.
  • The opportunity to decide, as a group, which organizations would receive a $5,000 philanthropic investment that originated from teens’ conference registration fees.
  • The chance to see a variety of chicken species and learn about the nature of chickens and their importance in the world.

The Dekko Foundation has supported youth philanthropy groups for the past 23 years.  This is the ninth time that the Foundation has brought teens together for a conference.

“During past Youth Pod retreats, we’ve emphasized a personal passion for philanthropy,” commented Kimberly Schroeder, program officer for the Dekko Foundation.  “This time, we encouraged group philanthropy and how a group of focused, dedicated people can bring about positive change.”

P.U.L.S.E. of Noble County would like to thank the following people and organizations which support their work throughout the year: Dekko Foundation, Noble County Community Foundation, East Noble School Corporation, Central Noble Community School Corporation, West Noble School Corporation, and our parents!

For more information about Youth Pods, visit: www.dekkofoundation.org/youthphilanthropy/

2016 Julia L. Atz Scholarship Winner

Press Release


2016 Julia L. Atz scholarship winner


It is with great pleasure the Noble County Community Foundation board of directors announces the 2016 winner of the Julia L. Atz scholarship, Cassandra Petrie.


Cassandra Petrie is currently a student at the University of Illinois and a 2016 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Education with a minor in Music Theater.  Petrie is from Albion, Indiana and a 2011 graduate of Churubusco High School.


The Julia L. Atz scholarship was established in 2004 by the late Mr. John Atz in honor of his wife.  Mrs. Atz’s passion for music and the arts guided her family in establishing this scholarship fund at the Noble County Community Foundation. This is the eighth year a scholarship has been awarded from the fund.


The scholarship is awarded to a senior in college or a post-graduate student pursuing a career in classical music performance or conducting, and with a college GPA of 3.0 or above.  Applicants can re-apply.


For more information regarding the Atz Scholarship or scholarships in general, contact the Noble County Community Foundation at 260-894-3335 or visit the community foundation’s website in mid-November 2016 at www.NobleCountyCF.org  or email Jennifer at Jennifer@NobleCountyCF.org

Long Time Volunteer, Max Roesler, Retires

Long time Noble County Community Foundation volunteer, Max Roesler of Rome City, recently retired as chairman of the community foundation’s Investment Committee. Mr. Roesler served continually more than 20 years volunteering in various capacities at the community foundation including Board of Directors President, Grants Committee member and Investment Committee Chairman. His retirement was reluctantly accepted by the foundation board at their August meeting. Jarrod Ramer, President of the Board stated, “We want to thank Max for his outstanding leadership, commitment, and dedication to the community foundation. He is one of our longest standing volunteers and we will miss his professional skills.”

Scholarship News

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The Noble County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship beginning August 3, 2016 with the deadline on September 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm.


It is for Noble County’s 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  This is a 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.


The organization that oversees the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship felt a change was needed based on feedback from community foundations around the State of Indiana.  This allows the winners of the scholarship more time to decide on their Indiana college of choice.  The winner of the scholarship will be announced around the middle of December 2016.


It is now 3.80 on a 4.00 scale. Students cannot round their GPA from a 3.79.


Yes. High school transcripts are to be uploaded to the application and submitted together.
Applicants have the choice to submit SAT or ACT score information and that can be found on their high school transcript. If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT that is ok. You are still encouraged to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.


Yes, all applicants are required to write 3 essays.


Yes. Students will only need 2 recommendations letters this year.  Only 1 can be from full time school personnel. Choose references who will give you a good recommendation. Contact those references in advance and ask they complete the information and obtain their email address as this is how they will complete the information.  After you submit your scholarship application, you can then send the link for your recommendation to complete. Once completed by the reference, the information it will be sent directly to the community foundation.


Yes, the Top Honor students which consists of 10 students selected based on their applications submitted will be contacted on Friday, September 30 with the interview to take place on Tuesday, October 11 at the community foundation.


Online at www.NobleCountyCF.org. Everything to submit will be online…. that includes transcripts, essays, and recommendation forms. No paper copies can be turned in.  You will be able to register an account, save your work, submit your application and then request recommendation letters all online. When an applicant submits their completed application, if any missing REQUIRED information is not completed, that area will turn red.  Once an application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation indicating your successful submission (be sure to check your junk email).


It is on our website now at www.NobleCountyCF.org Application period is August 3 to September 7, 2016 at 3:30 pm


Wednesday, September 7, 2016 @ 3:30 PM. Remember no paper copies can be submitted. It’s all completed online.


Yes, while that information is currently being determined, the application period for the general scholarship applications will be November 21 to January 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm. This will be all other scholarships offered through the community foundation.


Visit our website at NobleCountyCF.org and click on the scholarship tab.


We do offer a tutorial video available on our website. It will help walk applicants through the Lilly Scholarship application and the general scholarships offered.  It is a short video on the overall application process.  Or you can email me at jennifer@noblecountycf.org or call me at 260-894-3335.  Students need to remember to register an account, complete and submit the application THEN send the recommendation link to their references.


Do not wait until the last day to start or submit your application. The last few days of the scholarship application period is very busy for us.  Submit it early.  WORK WITH YOUR GUIDANCE OFFICE. They have the best resources for many different scholarships available! The community foundation is open 8:30 am to 4:30 pm if you have questions when completing the application, please contact me at 260-894-3335.

Noble County “Dreams”

Check out our latest video!

We interviewed local residents of all ages to learn about their brightest dreams for Noble County!

Just imagine a Noble County where these dreams could come true!

Thanks to the wonderful and generous community we live in, these ideas don’t have to stay dreams.

Philanthropy is a way in which we can make dreams come true in Noble County.

By partnering with the Noble County Community Foundation, your giving can help us bring businesses, organizations, and funds together to accomplish real change.

That way, we won’t just dream big; we will work together to make these dreams come true in our community.

A gift of any size to the Community Impact Fund, is your way to ensure we are meeting the ever changing needs of our community.

Click here to make your impact today!

(Make sure to direct your donation to the Community Impact Fund).



Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Changes – Summer 2016

Attention all incoming high school seniors in Noble County. The requirements and timeline for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship offered through NCCF have changed.

Please watch this video for information on the new adjustments.

Welcome Travis Smith

Welcome Travis Smith

Travis Smith

Travis Smith

The Board of Directors and the staff are truly excited to have Travis join our team!

Last Monday the Noble County Community Foundation welcomed Travis Smith as our Director of Development. He comes to us with a wonderful background in philanthropy……and of course it started here when he was just a seventh grader serving as a member of our youth pod called P.U.L.S.E.

Travis and his wife Heather,(also a former PULSE member) have come back home to live, work, play and start their family. Travis and Heather are expecting their first child – It’s a boy!!

Travis comes to Noble County with a Masters of Arts of Philanthropic Studies from IU and a CFRE – Certified Fund Raising Executive skills, a planned giving expert and just a super personality! We cannot wait for you to meet him!!

“Life’s Better Here”

On Monday, June 6 at 5 PM watch Channel 21/NBC 33 from Fort Wayne film clip of  “Life’s Better Here” in Noble County. Pictured is our Executive Director, Linda Speakman-Yerick being interviewed by Eric Olsen. Buffalo Newsday1

Annual Meeting Recap Video!

Check out the recap video from our Annual Meeting – May 2016!

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.