Welcome Hailey!

Welcome Hailey!

We are excited to announce Hailey Meyer will be working at the community foundation office this summer. She is a 2019 graduate of East Noble High School. While in high school she participated in Bi-Phy-Chem, 4-H and the Noble County Horse and Pony Club, National Honor Society, Kendallville Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, and the State of Indiana Aim Youth Advisory Council just to name a few. She will be studying chemistry and political science at St. Mary’s of Notre Dame this fall.

When asked about what she is looking forward to at college she stated, “I look forward to really digging into fields I am passionate about, I cannot wait.” Some of her strengths include that she is a people person and she can make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies! Chocolate chip cookies Hailey? The staff accepts your challenge!

She added “I am really excited to get to know the amazing donors and serving those in the community!”

Please help use welcome Hailey to the community foundation team!


Summer Intern Position

The Community Foundation of Noble County is Hiring!

 Thanks to a generous grant from the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, the Community Foundation of Noble County seeks to hire an intern for the summer.  The job description for this eight-week, paid position is attached.

Who should apply?

The ideal applicant will have a heart for serving the community. The individual will have crazy good organization skills and an eye for opportunities to make our work more efficient.  Knowledge or interest in marketing/communication projects is a plus. The ideal applicant will be at least 16 years of age (driver’s license preferred but not required), and must be enrolled in an accredited college or university.

What else should I know?

Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.  This is a paid, hourly position that will last for up to eight weeks.  A few evening and weekend hours may be required.

I’m interested!  Now what?

Send us your resume, along with a cover letter describing your interest in working for your Community Foundation to 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier IN 46767. Your letter should help us get to know you better.  Tell us about your heart for serving the community, your organizational skills, and the reasons you think you would be a great member of our team for the summer.


Give us a call at 260-894-3335 or email Jennifer Shultz at jennifer@cfnoble.org


Accepting applications through Friday, June 14th.

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.

Christina Coats Awarded David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship

Congratulations to Christina Coats of Wawaka for receiving the David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship. Christina is studying Math Education and Dance.

Longtime residents of Noble County, David O. and Marjorie B. Kile have dedicated their lives to making a difference, and giving back. As a retired teacher, Marjorie has seen first-hand the difference a scholarship can make when awarded to a student in search of higher learning, regardless of age. David and Marjorie know that as a traditional or non-traditional student, access to higher education can be difficult. Thanks to the generosity of the Kile’s, this fund is an opportunity for both traditional students and non-traditional students to pursue their dream.

The David O. Kile and Marjorie B. Kile Scholarship is available to any Noble County resident who is at least 19 years of age with a high school diploma, or GED, in pursuit of higher education in a field of their choice. This scholarship is available to applicants planning to attend, or are currently enrolled, either full-time or part-time, in an accredited vocational school, or two-year or four-year college or university. The award is given one time, with no restriction on applying in subsequent years.

Thank you to the generous donors who made this scholarship possible.

General scholarships through the Community Foundation of Noble County will be available online mid November 2018 to January 15, 2019. Visit the community foundation’s website at www.CFNoble.org and click on the Scholarship tab to learn more.

Board Development Opportunity

Ten Top Honor Students Interviewed for Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Ten Top Honor students were recently interviewed for Noble County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Noble County.

Selection of the students was 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, that will receive a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by the end of June 2019, 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/volunteer service, extra-curricular activities, leadership roles and honors and awards and at least a 3.80 high school grade point average.

Students interviewed were:

Andrew Alwine, East Noble High School, Michael Bender, East Noble High School, Grace Erwin, East Noble High School, Grace Frazier, East Noble High School, Megan Godfrey, West Noble High School, BreAnna Hunter, West Noble High School, Hailey Meyer, East Noble High School, Alyson Robinson, Central Noble Jr/Senior High School, Katie Shambaugh, Churubusco Jr/Sr High School, Jamie Zeigler, Churubusco Jr/Sr High School.

Names of the top candidate and two alternates will be submitted for final selection to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. ICI is a nonprofit organization that represents 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

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

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.

The Noble County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be announced in early December 2018.

Other finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Community Foundation of Noble County.

Pictured seated from left are: Alyson Robinson, Hailey Meyer, Grace Erwin, Grace Frazier, and Katie Shambuagh. Standing are: BreAnna Hunter, Andrew Alwine, Michael Bender, Jamie Zeigler, and Megan Godfrey.


2018 Recipient of the Julia Atz Scholarship

Julia L. Atz Scholarship

The Community Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce Nicholas Weimer of Ligonier, as this year’s recipient of the Julia L. Atz Scholarship.

Julia was born into a musical family on September 23, 1923 in Goshen, Indiana. When she was in the first grade, she was the drum major of the band.

In 1947, she married her high school sweetheart John, moved to Kendallville, and went on to have three children.

Julia got really excited when someone else talked about music and shared her same passion. She loved dancing, including square dancing with friends and she also enjoyed the Arts. She was very passionate about music and in general was an enthusiastic lady. Classical music was one of her favorite styles of music, but she enjoyed many other styles as well. She was tenacious, perseverant, and a hard worker. She was the founder of the Noble County Concert Series and was president of the group for over 20 years.

Julia wanted to keep music alive for future generations. She wanted to keep it immediate; keep it personal; listen to as much live music as a person could; and go out and find music.

Julia’s husband, John Atz, established the fund in 2004 through the community foundation. Julia, who passed away in January 2010, enjoyed being a part of the scholarship process with the desire to keep music alive for future generations.

Pictured is Nicholas Weimer of Ligonier. Nicholas is studying classical music performance. Congratulations Nicholas!

Visit the community foundation’s website at www.CFNoble.org for applications for the 2019 Julia L. Atz Scholarship will be available around February or March 2019 with a deadline at the end of April 2019.

2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Now Available

The Community Foundation of Noble County is now accepting applications for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at midnight.

This scholarship is for 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 2019, 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.

Top Honor Finalists for this scholarship will be posted on our website www.CFNoble.org on Friday, October 12, 2018 and an interview, if selected, will be Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6 pm at the Community Foundation of Noble County located at 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier, Indiana.

Applicants will be required to complete three essay questions and contact two references. Applicants may not round up their GPA.

Applications are available now online at www.CFNoble.org and click on the Scholarship tab, create an account to complete the application.

Applicants should not wait until the last day to start the application process. References will need time to complete the online form. Students are encouraged to work with their Guidance Offices for more scholarship opportunities. Guidance Offices have the best resources for many different scholarships available. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Shultz at the Community Foundation of Noble County by calling 260-894-3335 or email Jennifer@CFNoble.org.

2017 Annual Report

Click below for the annual report.

Senior Citizen Prom!

Attention senior citizens! It’s time to grab your friends for a fabulous night out at our 12th annual Senior Citizen Prom for 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 “The 50’s”. Attendees are encouraged to get come in their leather jackets and poodle skirts.

The prom will be on April 28, 2018 at the cafeteria of East Noble High School (901 South Garden Street, Kendallville, IN 46755). Prom is from 6PM to 9PM with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 each. You must be registered by April 13, 2018. Send all names, address and phone numbers of those attending with your payment to 1599 Lincolnway South Ligonier, IN 46767. Make your checks out to the Community Foundation of Noble County with P.U.L.S.E. PROM in the memo.

The Senior prom is hosted by the P.U.L.S.E of Noble County (Philanthropists Utilizing Lifelong Service and Education). As one of their many community service projects, P.U.L.S.E. members continue to offer the prom each year in hopes of bridging generation gaps. P.U.L.S.E. members decorate the facility according to the theme each year (in this case, a 50’s 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 P.U.L.S.E. members encourage seniors to dress in their 50’s attire, although it is not mandatory. Please join them for a very special evening. 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 Margarita at the Community Foundation of Noble County at 260-894-3335.