2012-11-13 / Front Page

Foundation Gets Community Ready For Scholarship Seasons

On October 25th, the Putnam County Community Foundation invited local education leaders to the Dixie Chopper Business and Conference Center to inform them about the more than sixty different scholarships that are available through the Community Foundation in 2013. The annual Scholarship Forum is designed to give school professionals the information they need to help their students successfully navigate the sometimes overwhelming transition to post-secondary school. “I am delighted to report”, said Ellie Ypma, Vice President, “that the Community Foundation is able to award, for the first time more than $300,000 – up to $318,680 may be awarded in scholarships for 2013. This sounds like a lot, but the National Center for College Costs reports that the average cost of tuition, public and private, for a Bachelor’s Degree in Indiana is $80,000 – that is $20,000 per year. And 63% of Indiana college graduates finish with student loan debt averaging $27,500.”

Dean Gambill, Community Development Director of the Community Foundation, demonstrated how to access information, instructions, and application forms online at www.pcfoundation.org/scholar_ listings_ home. html. They are also available in high school guidance offices, the Library, Area 30, Ivy Tech. To be considered for scholarships using the Community Foundation’s Application, students must submit the electronic “Intent to Apply” form by January 4, 2013 and the application itself by 5:00 p.m. on January 11. Applications may be either printed/hand-written or downloaded onto a computer, completed electronically, and printed for signature and submission.

The Community Foundation’s website also provides a comprehensive list of all available scholarships and the eligibility criteria for each. “Every scholarship is unique,” says Executive Director Elaine Peck. There are scholarships for colleges, universities, trade schools, and even private high schools, such as Culver Academies. Annual award amounts vary from a couple hundred dollars to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship which covers full tuition and fees for four years. Some scholarships are for specific institutions; others like the Lilly and the Alpha Gamma Delta-Eta, may only be applied to Indiana schools, while others such as the Lyon Family Scholarship, may be used at any accredited college. Awards can be need-based or merit-based. With this amount of variety, anyone seeking financial assistance should visit the Community Foundation’s website to see if they qualify for any of the more than sixty available scholarships.

The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Community Foundation administers more than 230 funds and endowments, supporting a variety of charities. Questions about scholarships should be directed to Dean Gambill, Director of Community Development, 765.653.4978 or dgambill@pcfoundation.org.

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