Spencer County Community Foundation Announces Details For The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-spencer/.

The deadline to apply is September 9, 2020.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate 1 student to receive the scholarship.   

The 2021 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2020.

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 Inc. 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 Community Foundation Awards $54,700 In Rapid Response Grants

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation has awarded $54,700 in Rapid Response Grants to 28 charitable organizations affected by COVID-19. The Rapid Response Grant program was launched on March 27th, 2020.

According to Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact, the program has been successful by helping organizations meet unforeseen challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “In answer to what our charitable partners have been experiencing since the crisis started, the grants have provided fast funding in response to their call for help,” says Davis.

The Foundation intended for the program to be both efficient and timely and according to Davis, the response and payment times have been exceptional. “We’ve been able to quickly deploy funding to these organizations – applications were reviewed within 24 hours, and grant dollars were paid within 3 business days.  We knew our response had to be quick, in order for them to support members of the Spencer County community,” says Davis.  “The grants have provided funding to cover unforeseen expenses that have been required of our Spencer County organizations like scaling up services or covering expenses due to closings and cancelled fundraisers. Our program helped them meet these early COVID-19 challenges.” 

The Foundation awarded grants to American Red Cross of Southern Indiana for the support of blood collection services in southwest Indiana; Bread of Life Ministry for a food program for families in need; Chemo Buddies to supplement lack of income; Chrisney Volunteer Fire Department for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Christian Resource Center for the purchase of food for the food pantry; Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center to provide additional telemedicine services; Encountering Hope Ministries, Inc. to purchase food and household supplies for the Manna Market; Hemenway Memorial Presbyterian Church to purchase food and cleaning supplies for families in need; Heritage Hills PATS- Parents and Teachers to support and sustain the “Bags of Blessings” weekend food program; Historic Santa Claus Campground Corporation to support loss of income due to cancellation of fundraising event and cancelled camp reservations;  Luce Elementary School for the purchase of food for students and families within the School Corporation and community; North Spencer Community Action Center to fill the gap in lost revenue from the thrift store sales to allow employees to receive pay to continue to run vital programs; North Spencer County School Corporation for the purchase of disinfectant supplies to stop the spread of germs when providing lunches and when employees/ outside public are entering and leaving buildings, and for the materials to make masks for community members in need; Perry County Memorial Hospital for the purchase of an additional stretcher; Rockport Elementary School PTO for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Ohio Valley for the purchase of food pantry items and cleaning supplies; Santa Claus Museum & Village to support loss of income due to required closure; Southern Indiana Resource Solutions, Inc. to assist those in need; Spencer County CASA to support loss of income due to cancellation of fundraising event; Spencer County Council on Aging for the purchase of disinfectant supplies for drivers and homemakers and support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising events; The Spencer County Fair, Inc. for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event; St. Boniface Catholic Church to provide care packages of food to sick, infirm and home bound parish members, provide senior citizen access to medical care, and provide supplemental nourishment for local children; St. Meinrad Catholic Church to provide care packages of food to sick, infirm and home bound parish members, provide senior citizen access to medical care, and provide supplemental nourishment for local children; Success Through Mentoring to supplement the organization’s financial obligations; SWIRCA & More to fund food materials, supplies, and delivery costs to help feed local seniors; Tri-County YMCA to assist with virtual delivery of exercises and to purchase cleaning supplies; Tri-State Food Bank to provide food for those in need; and The Way of Rockport, Indiana, Inc. for support of lost income due to cancellation of fundraising event.

“This program was made available through generous donations made by our giving donors.” says Tawnya Fleischmann, President of the Spencer County Community Foundation Advisory Board. “On behalf of our board and staff, we thank them for their legacy of giving back to our Spencer County community.”

For more information, or to make a gift to the Spencer County Community Foundation, contact Mary James, Regional Director of Development at 812.649.5724 or visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer.  

Community Foundation Awards Scholarships Totaling $14,300

(Spencer County, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation announces the distribution of community scholarships totaling $14,300. This year, funds established by generous donors, provided the scholarships to area students.

In addition to announcing the recipients, the Regional Director of Community Engagement & Impact, Emily Davis states, “The Spencer County Community Foundation is thankful to our generous fund founders and donors who make these scholarship awards possible. Their investment in the education of our young people has impacted each of these students’ futures. The process of choosing who will be awarded each of these scholarships is undertaken with dedication and discipline by a committee of volunteer leaders. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication in doing this. The process is never easy because our Spencer County students are outstanding.”  

The scholarships announced are:

The Alieene Vance Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Don Foertsch and Mason Foertsch in memory of a former employee of the Foertsch Construction Company to encourage the children and grandchildren of employees of Foertsch companies to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.   The recipient of the year’s award in the amount of $1,000 is Wesley Fleischmann, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the son of Alan and Tawnya Fleischmann.  Following graduation, he plans to study Engineering at University of Evansville. 

The Brauns Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Thomas and Vicki Brauns to benefit graduating seniors of South Spencer High School who have attended at least two years at Luce Elementary School and are pursuing post-secondary education at an accredited institution.  This year’s $700 scholarship recipient is Jenna Lauer, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Cheryl Waninger.  Following graduation, Jenna plans to pursue a degree in Pre-Veterinary Science.

The Friends of IU Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by Michael and Mary Schriefer and Larry and Charlene Hess to provide a scholarship to Heritage Hills High School graduating seniors who plan to attend Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Hannah Schnuck, a senior at Heritage Hills High School.  Hannah is the daughter of Greg Schnuck and Janie Schnuck.  Following graduation, Hannah plans to pursue a degree in Business Management at Indiana University.   

The Gene and Christina Schwindel Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Gene and Christian Schwindel to benefit graduating seniors or graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursing post-secondary education.  The recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Harold and Thelma Hunter Scholarship is an annual scholarship created in memory of Harold Hunter by his wife, Thelma Hunter, and their children to help graduates of Heritage Hills High School pursue advanced education.  This year’s $500 scholarship recipient is Hayley Waninger, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter David and Raven Waninger.  Following graduation, Hayley plans to attend University of Southern Indiana to obtain a degree in Nursing.

The Mabel Mason Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by the estate of Mabel M. Ryan to advance education in nursing and medicine.  The recipient of the $2,500 scholarship is Kiersten Schuler, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Brett Schuler and Tonya Cross.  Following graduation, Kiersten plans to pursue a degree in Biology at Kentucky Wesleyan College. 

The Mike Ryan Memorial Scholarship is an annual renewable scholarship created by Mabel M. Ryan in memory of her husband to benefit graduating seniors of any Spencer County high school pursing post-secondary education at any accredited educational institution.  The recipient of this year’s award in the amount of $2,500 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Narl and Hazel Conner Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Deann Siegel, Keith Conner, Ron Conner, and Eric Conner as a loving tribute to their father and mother to benefit a Heritage Hills High School senior who plans to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited 4-year college or university.  The recipient of this year’s $1,000 scholarship is Miranda Keller, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Trevor and Lynn Keller.  Following graduation, Miranda plans to attend Grace College to pursue a degree in Health Science with a concentration in Pre-Occupational Therapy. 

The Othmar and Virginia Ringeman Family Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Othmar and Virginia Ringeman to support secondary education of Heritage Hills High School graduates.  This year’s $1,000 scholarship recipient is Mallory Tempel, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jerome Tempel and Rhonda Tempel.  Following graduation, Mallory plans to attend Purdue University. 

The Raleigh and Thelma Abshier Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Jeaniece Scheessele to advance education in honor of her parents.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $200 is Natalie Vaughan, a senior at South Spencer High School and the daughter of Anthony Vaughan and Katherine Vaughan.  Following graduation, Natalie plans to attend college and pursue a degree in Pre-Medicine. 

The Spencer County Farm Bureau, Inc. Educational Scholarship is an annual scholarship established by the Spencer County Farm Bureau to assist students pursuing post-high school educational programs.  This year’s $900 scholarship recipient is Katelyn Davis, a senior at Heritage Hills High School and the daughter of Jeffrey and Pamela Davis.   Following graduation, Katelyn plans to attend Vincennes University to pursue a degree in Construction Management. 

The Spencer Industries Incorporated Scholarship is an annual scholarship created by Spencer Industries Incorporated to encourage the children of Spencer Industries Incorporated employees to further their education, to recognize academic achievement of those graduating from high school and continuing their education, and to motivate recipients to achieve maximum scholastic and vocational potential.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship in the amount of $2,000 is Claire Snyder, a student at University of Dayton and the daughter of Kerry and Vickie Snyder.  Claire is studying Music Therapy at University of Dayton; Dayton, Ohio.

The Community Foundation Advisory Board would like to say thank you to the parents, family members, teachers, school administrators, coaches, mentors, and everyone who has inspired these students to be the very best they can be. Congratulations to these outstanding students and their families. We wish you the best as you pursue your college degrees and future opportunities.

Community Foundation Alliance Making Up To $1 Million In Emergency Funding Available To Regional Nonprofits

The Community Foundation Alliance announced today that it is making up to $1 million in emergency funding available to southwestern Indiana nonprofit organizations at the forefront of helping local communities impacted by COVID-19. The funding will support a variety of response activities throughout the Alliance service region, comprised of 9 affiliate Community Foundations in Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted daily life in southwestern Indiana, and while we don’t yet fully understand the extent of the implications of this outbreak, we do know that it is proving particularly challenging for those who are already vulnerable,” said Jill Carpenter, President and CEO of the Community Foundation Alliance.

“After input from our charitable organizations, community leaders, elected officials, school officials, and others, we have developed a rapid response plan to provide critical funding and support for our communities in the weeks and months to come.”

A portion of the funding provides for a $250,000 grant to the COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund of the Greater Evansville Region, which will support human services in Gibson, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. The United Way of Southwestern Indiana is serving as the fiscal sponsor for this fund. The remaining grant dollars will support similar collaborative COVID-19 funds in Daviess, Knox, Perry and Pike counties and allow each of the 9 Alliance Community Foundations to award rapid response grants to local charitable organizations impacted by the pandemic.  To donate to the fund in our county, please visit https://swi.unitedwayepledge.org/comm/SurveyNE.jsp?SurveyKeyHex=4474512C633F40672E397E3E&SA=955773.

The rapid response grants are designed to quickly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time grants to organizations that, in many cases, have been financially strained by the outbreak. The grants have a simple application and quick turnaround time, including a 24-hour review, with grant dollars released directly to organizations within 4 days of approval.

Another component of the Alliance plan includes measures to ensure an appropriate reaction to unknown changes that may occur in communities during the months to come. Those include extending deadlines for existing grant cycles and re-evaluation of future Community Good granting strategies.

For more information, visit the Community Foundation Alliance website at www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org

Donor Advised Fund Awards $31,000 In Grants Benefiting Spencer County Organizations

(Rockport, Indiana)  A donor advised fund held by the Spencer County Community Foundation recently awarded $31,000 in grants to several Spencer County organizations

The Christian Resource Center received a $10,000 grant for the purchase of frozen food for the food pantry and items for the baby shop. Pictured during the presentation are Dee Denu, Executive Director of Christian Resource Center and Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Spencer School Corporation was awarded a $10,000 grant for the Vocation Education Department. Pictured during the presentation are Jim Bush, Principal of South Spencer High School; Emily Davis; Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Spencer County Community Foundation; John Hurley, Vocational Teacher at South Spencer High School; and Mary James, Regional Development Director with the Spencer County Community Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of Rockport received a $1,000 grant for general support. Pictured at the presentation are Sherri Bell, Office Manager and Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Spencer County Community Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Department was awarded a $2,500 grant to purchase equipment. Pictured during the presentation are Scott Chapman, Chief of Ohio Township Volunteer Fire Department and Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Spencer County Community Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rockport Police Department received a $7,500 grant to purchase equipment. Pictured at the presentation are Emily Davis; Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Spencer County Community Foundation; Jason Overfield, Chief of Police; Don Winkler, Mayor of Rockport; and Jake Philipps, Rockport Police Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donor-advised funds may be established by individuals, families, groups, businesses, and organizations. They can help citizens in Spencer County, for good, forever.  For more information about establishing a fund, visit CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer or phone 812-649-5724.

Spencer County Community Foundation Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Rockport, Indiana  This year, donors to the Spencer County Community Foundation are again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

“Many foundation donors have honored their loved ones, high schools, or professions by endowing scholarship opportunities through the Foundation,” says Emily Davis, the Foundation’s Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact. “We administer separate scholarship funds established by individuals, families, and organizations to assist local students in pursuit of advanced education. Together, these scholarships make up our Community Scholarship Program.”

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

Applications are accepted on the website, www.CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer. The deadline is midnight on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Spencer County Community Foundation Awards Two Grants

(Spencer County, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation recently presented a pair of grants, totaling over $13,000 to 2 organizations serving Spencer County. The Saint Meinrad Chamber of Commerce received a $6,530 grant and the Spencer County 4H Association received a $6,699 grant.

The grants were made possible by people and organizations establishing to and contributing to funds held by the Foundation.

The Saint Meinrad Chamber of Commerce grant will assist with completion and expansion of the meeting room at Camp Blackhawk. Camp Blackhawk currently serves as a meeting space for Boy Scout Troop 102 and the project will expand the space, making it possible for community organizations to use it as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured making the presentation are (left to right) Ed Hagedorn, Brian Peters, and Sue Kloeck, Spencer County Community Foundation board members; Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Foundation; Levi Leffert and Randy Hildenbrand with the Chamber of Commerce; and  Richard Reisz, Camp Blackhawk Project Committee Chairperson.

The Community Foundation’s grant to the Spencer County 4-H Club Association provide support for the Chrisney Elementary Greenhouse project. The Greenhouse will serve as a behavior incentive for students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shown at the presentation are left to right, Janice Weber, Spencer County Community Foundation Board member; Mary James, Regional Director of Development with the Foundation; Emily Davis, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact with the Foundation; Sue Kloeck , Spencer County Community Foundation Board member; Jennifer Mayo, Spencer County 4-H Youth Development Educator; Chrisney Elementary Student Council Representative; Lori Hermann, Chrisney Elementary Principal; and Ed Hagedorn, Spencer County Community Foundation Board member.

Spencer County Community Foundation Announces 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Rockport, Indiana)  The Spencer County Community Foundation has announced that Ethan Roos is the recipient of the 2020 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. 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.

Spencer Lilly. Ethan RoosEthan is the son of Daniel and Krista Roos of Santa Claus. He is a senior at Heritage Hills High School and plans to attend an Indiana college of his choice to study neuroscience/pre-medicine. In addition to exceling academically, Ethan serves as the president of his class and has been involved in Student Council and Beta Club. He is also involved in many community activities, most notably, the Children’s Crusade to End Homelessness which he created; Spencer County 4-H, Hoosier Boy’s State, and the Spencer County Tobacco Free program. He also participates in swimming.

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 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.

Community Foundation Announces Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Program

(Spencer County, Indiana) The Spencer County Community Foundation is hosting a Giving Tuesday event focused on building permanent endowment for Spencer County. This year, matching funds are available to help grow these funds.

Celebrated on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

The matching gift program is made possible by Lilly Endowment GIFT VII (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) for Spencer County.

On Giving Tuesday, gifts for Community Good or Unrestricted Funds will be matched $2 to $1. Matching dollars are available on a first come, first serve basis for qualifying gifts from individuals and groups made to an existing or new fund. The supply of matching dollars is limited.

Call the Foundation in advance at 812.649.5724 to use matching dollars to establish a new fund.

Gifts are being accepted online at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer or from 8:30 to 4 at the Foundation office located at 2792 N. US Hwy 231 in Rockport.

Spencer County Community Foundation Elects Board Leadership

(Rockport, Indiana)  Advisory Board officers of the Spencer County Community Foundation for fiscal year 2020 were recently elected. They are (left to right) Tawnya Fleischmann, President; Ed Hagedorn, Vice President; and Sue Ann Kloeck, Secretary.

FY20 Spencer CAB officer photo

The Spencer County Community Foundation is one of 9 affiliates of the Community Foundation Alliance. The Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life throughout southwestern Indiana, with charitable assets of over $100 million. During our most recent fiscal year, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled $3,323,968. The Alliance provides management, administrative, and development expertise and services, so every local affiliate foundation can focus on promoting philanthropy, building endowment, and grantmaking, making a difference in their community today and for years to come.

Foundation Announces Details for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Spencer County, Indiana—The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2020 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 2020.

Details related to conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available through the Scholarship Programs page. Deadline to apply is Monday, September 16, 2019.

The 2020 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named in mid-December 2019.

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 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.

Foundation Announces Women’s Fund Grant Opportunity

Spencer County, Indiana  The Spencer County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for charitable projects or activities in Spencer County. The Women’s Fund held at the Spencer County Community Foundation is providing funding for a single grant of up to $5,000 and invites charitable organizations to describe how their organization would use the award.  Applications are being accepted through January 31, 2019.

The Foundation welcomes funding requests from non-profit organizations that are tax-exempt under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code and from governmental agencies. Funding requests from other non-profit organizations to carry out charitable projects or activities may also be accepted.

The types of charitable activities that may be supported through this grant program include arts and culture, community development, education, health, human services, environment, recreation, and youth development projects and programs.

Notification of the grant award will be made in July 2019.

The grant application process is being conducted online via the Community Foundation’s website at CommunityFoundationAlliance.org/Spencer. Following submission of the online application, three to five finalists will be selected by a volunteer committee and presented to donors to the Women’s Fund, who will then select the grant recipient.

More information and grant application training are available by contacting Renate Warner, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact at 812.547.3176 or rwarner@communityfoundationalliance.org

2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

Spencer County, Indiana  The Spencer County Community Foundation has announced that Skylar Niles of Chrisney is the recipient of the 2019 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. 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.

Skylar is the son of Bonita Spencer and Brian Niles. He is a senior at South Spencer High School and plans to study psychology at Indiana College of his choice with a career goal of becoming a forensic psychology/criminal psychologist. In addition to excelling academically, Skylar has been involved in archery club, art club, key club, and Leadership Spencer County. He has also been involved with his church, where he assisted with musical productions. He completed an internship with Freedom Bank and was employed by Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

The Community Foundation nominated Skylar to receive the scholarship from a pool of 24 applicants.

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 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.

For further information or assistance:
Renate Warner, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 547-3176 or rwarner@communityfoundationalliance.org

Community Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications

Spencer County, Indiana  This year, donors to the Spencer County Community Foundation are again making scholarship awards available through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program.

The Community Scholarship program is made up of various scholarship funds, each with individual selection criteria and eligibility requirements. These opportunities were created by donors to provide Spencer County students with opportunities for advanced education.  Some scholarships are designed to be awarded to nontraditional students.

Students may apply for one or more scholarships, as long as they meet the particular eligibility requirements. Details about each scholarship and the application are posted on the Foundation’s website at the Scholarship Opportunities page.

Eligibility requirements and selection criteria are determined by donors and are posted on the website. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals, and economic statuses. Awards are made without regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, or national origin and are based on a competitive process which may consider academic achievement, extracurricular activities, personal aspirations, educational goals, and financial need.

The Foundation offers the following tips to help students complete their applications:

  1. Begin working on the application early.
  2. Search for scholarships that match your unique interests and hobbies.
  3. Take the time to write required essays. It’s worth the extra effort.
  4. Follow all instructions carefully and make sure you are submitting all the required parts (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.). Check and double-check your application before submitting.
  5. Ask a friend or teacher to read your application and essay for any mistakes that you may have missed.

Applications must be submitted online. The online application process allows applicants to save their work. Please read through the How to Apply page on the site for instructions. The deadline to apply is 12:00 midnight on Thursday, February 14, 2019.

 

For further information or assistance:
Renate Warner, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
rwarner@communityfoundationalliance.org 812.649.5724

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.