2017 scholarship applications now available online; deadline is Aug. 17, 2016

Lilly Endowment announced it will renew a program that offers full-tuition scholarships for Hoosier high school graduates attending any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.

With that news came a new, earlier deadline for submitting applications for the program, the Community Foundation of Jackson County reports.

As a result, applications for all scholarships administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County must be submitted by Aug. 17 this summer. Applications are now available on the Foundation’s website, www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

“The challenge for us is to communicate this change to our current juniors, and counselors across the county are doing that now,” Foundation Vice President Sue Smith said. “Our juniors need to be focused on completing the materials during the summer so that they can turn them in to counselors when school starts.”

Once that’s done, counselors will attach transcripts and the appraisal sheets for each applicant.

“We have also asked counselors to suggest to their juniors that they secure letters of recommendation from teachers now, before the end of the school year,” Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis said. “This will help speed the review process in August.”

The Foundation’s Scholarship Committee will essentially work with the same material as it did with the later deadline, but the information simply must be submitted sooner, Davis said.

The Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program in 1998 to help address Indiana ranking near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of its residents 25 years old who hold a baccalaureate degree.

The program, which will continue to be administered with help from the state’s community foundations, including the Community Foundation of Jackson County, is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of Indiana's community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state's residents.

The scholarship program, which has helped more than 4,200 Indiana high school graduates, also provides $900 per year for required books and equipment.

The program is administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the community foundations in each of Indiana's 92 counties. Jackson County residents interested in information about the program may contact the Community Foundation of Jackson County at 812-523-4483.

Information is also available online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org, and high school guidance counselors generally can also provide information as well.

With the selection this spring of Trinity Lutheran High School senior Luke Onken as the recipient of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, there are now 35 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars from Jackson County.  During the 2016-2017 academic year, there will be four Jackson County Lilly Scholars on college campuses throughout the state of Indiana, Smith said.

Criteria for selection included academic achievement, school and community activities showing depth of involvement and leadership, and employment showing time management and a desire to help oneself, Davis said. 

Additional criteria included advanced placement and honors classes taken in high school, a required essay, and some evidence of financial need. 

“The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education” Smith said.  There were 142 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships awarded statewide this spring.

Increasing educational attainment among Jackson County residents is an important part of the Foundation’s mission to help grow better tomorrows, Davis said.

“Concern about the education levels here was a key factor when the Foundation brought together other partners from the community such as the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce to build the Jackson County Learning Center,” he added. “We remain committed to improving the educational levels of our residents. It is certainly part of our guiding efforts in administering scholarship funds entrusted to the Foundation.”

The Foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities extends beyond programs focused on college, including support of the Jackson County Education Coalition’s On My Way Pre-K pilot program for 4-year-olds and the encouragement of workforce development in partnership with Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and others.

The Foundation offers endowment services, gift planning, charitable gift annuities and scholarship administration. For information or to make a donation, call 812-523-4483.


Library receives grant

Andy Royalty, left, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County presents Library Director Julia Aker and Jackson County Public Library Board Vice President Josh Bartley of Norman with a $1,099 grant check on Monday (April 18). The Jackson County Public Library benefits annually from a fund administered by the Foundation. The Jackson County Public Library Fund was created in July 1998 with a $5,000 grant from the Board of Directors when Jim Roberts of Seymour was its president. Donations since, including several from the Friends of the Library, have increased the fund’s balance to nearly $24,000. Aker said annual grants from the fund have made improvements at the libraries in Crothersville, Medora and Seymour. Supporters of the Jackson County Public Library may make donations to the fund as memorials, to mark milestones in their lives and through their planned giving strategies. For information, call the Foundation President & CEO Dan Davis at 812-523-4483.


Nonprofit board training reset for May 5

Area nonprofit directors, their staffs and board members can take advantage a four-part training program this year -- Board Governance Series: Leading the Change -- aimed at helping improve their effectiveness and their programs.

Three sessions remain. The program focused on a nonprofit board’s role in fundraising that was scheduled for April 14 had to be postponed. Presentation of that session is now set from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 5 at the Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive in Seymour.

The Community Foundation, Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce and Jackson County United Way have teamed to bring this robust board governance training series to the community.

June Miller will facilitate the training with all sessions taking place in the Conference Center at the Foundation. Miller is the regional director of Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.

Other session dates and topics include Aug. 11, What You Should Know Before Joining a Board of Directors, and Oct. 6, We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This.

You can enroll online through the Community Calendar at the Chamber’s website, www.seymourchamber.com. Anyone who registered for the original meeting time need not re-register for the May 5 session, Tricia Bechman with the Chamber said.

“If someone needs to cancel due to a conflict with the new date, we strongly encourage them to send someone else in their place,” she added.

If you’ve not registered but would like to, registration has reopened on the Chamber’s website.

The registration fee is $15 per person per session. The cost includes materials and lunch.


Agency fund grants aid nonprofits

Annual grants from endowed agency funds administered by the Community Foundation of Jackson County assist operating and programming expenses for a number of nonprofits in Jackson County.

Recently, Priscilla Wischmeier, below, left, a member of the Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors, presented an agency grant check to Mindy Taskey, center, and Holly Sipe of Child Care Network of Jackson County. The grant is from the Child Care Network Inc. Endowment, an agency fund administered by the Foundation.

Individuals, businesses, groups and other organizations may make donations to the fund  -- and others -- as memorial gifts or planned giving to benefit Child Care Network and its important programs serving the youth of Jackson County.

The Child Care Network Inc. Endowment was started in February 2008 with an initial gift of $4,000. It has since grown to more than $9,000.

Other agency funds provide annual support grants to Girls Inc. of Jackson County, Jackson County History Center, Jackson County Public Library, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Community Provisions of Jackson County, Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, Jackson County Industrial Development Corp. and Jackson County United Way and Boys & Girls Club of Seymour.

For information, call Dan Davis with the Foundation at 812-523-4483.

Fall Grant assists Freetown Museum's expansion

The Freetown and Pershing Township Museum is growing again.

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County will help fund the expansion of the museum on State Road 58. The annex includes the addition of a former café, which houses many of the museum’s artifacts of Freetown and Pershing Township.

The grant was one of 20 awarded recently by the Foundation through its Fall Grant cycle.

In the photo below, Gary Meyer, right, of the Community Foundation of Jackson County Board of Directors presents a grant check to Sharon Yost, president of the Freetown Improvement Association, and Russell Fritz. At left is Dan Davis, the Foundation's President & CEO.

For information about donating to the Foundation, call 812-523-4483 or visit online at www.cfjacksoncounty.org.

Grant aids Turning Point

A grant from the Community Foundation of Jackson County’s Fall Grant cycle will help Turning Point Domestic Violence Services deliver services to Latino families in Jackson County. In the photo below, from left, Turning Point President Lisa Shafran and Charlotte Moss, the Jackson County Community Service director for Turning Point, accept a Fall Grant check from Foundation Vice President Sue Smith and Board Member Ron Sibert. The grant was among 20 granted totaling more than $43,000 approved by the Foundation through this year’s Fall Grant program. So far this year, the Foundation has awarded than $344,000 in grants and scholarships.


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