Foundation Announces Details for 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Spencer County, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2019. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the program page. Deadline to apply is September 17, 2018.

The 2019 Spencer Lilly Endowment Community Scholar(s) will be named in mid-December 2018.

The scholarship provides full-tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.
Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.

Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Named

Spencer County, Indiana – One Spencer County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar program. James Werne will receive a full tuition scholarship to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Werne, who attends Heritage Hills High School, is the son of Gary and Paula Werne. While attending high school, he has been involved in the Beta Club, Academic Bowl, Spell Bowl, National Honor Society and Chess Club. He performed at the St. Meinrad Rocks Fest, is involved in the concert and marching band, winter percussion and jazz band. He has been recognized as Indiana Rising Star, awarded best student in Algebra II, German I, German III, AP Physics I and Pre-Calculus. He has worked at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Currently he plans to attend Purdue University and pursue a career in Actuarial Science or Data Science.

Hannah Blake is the first alternate and is the daughter of Wayne and Dana Blake.

Kayla Blake, second alternate, is also the daughter of Wayne and Dana Blake.

After the Spencer County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

ICI represents Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.

Employment Opportunity, Serving Perry and Spencer County Community Foundations

An employment opportunity is now available with the Community Foundation Alliance, serving as the Regional Director of Development for the Community Foundations of Perry and Spencer counties in southwestern Indiana.

The Regional Director of Development’s major function within the organization will be to assist these two regional county Community Foundations of Perry and Spencer with major gift and asset development efforts. This position reports to the Alliance Executive Director. Travel is required. Please see the full position description below for more details and how and to whom to apply.

Position – Regional Director of Development
Location – Perry and Spencer County region
Employment Classification – Regular, full time, exempt
Application Deadline – Friday, January 12, 2018
Full Description – Regional Director of Development (PDF)

 

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Opens

Rockport, Indiana – The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2018. To learn more about conditions for the award, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application code please visit communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-spencer/. Deadline to apply is September 22, 2017. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of the Opportunities page: communityfoundationalliance.org/spencer/scholarships/opportunities/

The 2018 Gibson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2017.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree.  The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana.  The Community Foundation administers the program locally in coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body),and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by members of the Lilly family.  In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic wellbeing of Indiana residents and communities.

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 Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Spencer County Community Foundation
Established in 1996, the Spencer County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, with oversight by a local 15-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a family of more than 100 charitable funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Spencer County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. For more information about the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, or how to apply, please contact the Foundation office at 812.649.5724.

Grant Cycle Changes

We’re making a few changes to create even greater good in Spencer County. This year, our new grant cycle will be announced in June, instead of January as it was in the past. This new timeline will allow us to streamline the application process, make more impactful grants, and continue to find ways to improve quality of life in Spencer County.

In the meantime, the Community Foundation may consider short-term urgent funding needs of organizations located within Spencer County, Indiana. These selective, modest grants are based on critical need and assist nonprofits that are facing an unforeseen event(s) that has or will significantly interrupt essential services.

We would also like to make you aware of our new sponsorship program. Community nonprofit organizations are now eligible to receive sponsorship. As the Community Foundation is committed to addressing issues of disparity, we prioritize events that engage our diverse communities in promoting equity.

Your written sponsorship requests will be accepted on an ongoing basis. We encourage interested organizations to apply for the sponsorship award at least two months prior, to allow for application review and processing. Applicants will be notified of sponsorship awards within three weeks of submitting their application.

We ask you to address all of the following in your written request:

 

  • Name of event or program, and town or city where event or program or project will be held.
  • Date of the event or program or project and venue.
  • Brief description of event or program or project.
  • Total budget for event or program or project.
  • If there is a ticket charge or entrance fee, please indicate the amount per person.
  • Who is your primary audience? How many people do you expect to attend or participate?
  • Deadline for securing sponsors.
  • Amount of sponsorship request.
  • If you have sponsorship levels, please include them.
  • Please list how the sponsorship would be publicly recognized.

 

Invest in the Future of the Community You Love

Gene and Christina Schwindel both came from hard-working families who learned how to make a dollar stretch to provide for their families and still have enough to share. Even as a youngster, Christina recalls her mother would grow lots of tomato plants so she could share with neighbors. Someone once suggested that her mother could make more money if she would sell the extra plants. Her mother, Christina remembers, said that it felt better to share.

So in 1996, when Gene won the lottery, it didn’t come as a surprise that the Schwindels chose do something they’d only dreamed of doing: create a scholarship to benefit local students. After talking with their accountant, they decided the Spencer County Community Foundation would provide the perfect vehicle to carry out their vision. They were attracted to the idea of endowment, knowing that with the Foundation’s prudent stewardship of their gift, its proceeds would provide scholarships forever. They could leave a legacy that would last well beyond their own lifetimes.

Gene, Christina and their children take great satisfaction in knowing they are helping students achieve their educational goals. Chris beamed, “I just love reading the thank-you notes. The kids seem so appreciative. Sometimes they even write letters telling us about their dreams for the future.” The Schwindel family has truly found a meaningful way to share its good fortune: by investing in the future of the community they love.

Supporting our Sisters Fund

The Spencer County Supporting Our Sisters Fund is about strong, caring, and focused women determined to make a difference in the lives of our community’s women and girls.

Throughout history, women have shaped the world as national leaders, advocates for social justice, scientists, authors, teachers, and healers. Every day, women make positive contributions to the world, and when visionary women work together around a common cause, they have an even greater impact – like the Supporting Our Sisters Fund.

In 2006, a group of visionary women started the Supporting Our Sisters Fund as a permanent resource to support local programs that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to our community’s women and girls.

As the endowment grows, it will be used to make yearly grants supporting a variety of resources serving women of all ages, such as programs that prevent domestic violence, secure family-supporting jobs, promote health and education and, perhaps most importantly, develop confidence.

The Spencer County Supporting Our Sisters Fund is our voice for the present and our gift to the future. We invite you to join us in creating change for our community’s women and girls – sign up now!

 

Supporting our Sisters Founders

In December 2006, a group of visionary women started the Supporting Our Sisters Fund as a permanent resource to support our local programs that give opportunities, encouragement, knowledge and hope to our community’s women of all ages.

Steering Committee of SOS Women’s Fund

Ann Jochim, Helen Kennedy,  Laurie Wilhite and Annie Oxley, Marlene Parsley, Barbara Hinton, Cheri Robinson, and Becki Hochgesang, Vicki Brauns, and

Debi Stevenson.