Archive for August, 2011

Legacy Foundation is distributing more than $350,000 in college scholarship funds for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s philanthropic partner, manages more than 25 scholarship programs among its $38 million in assets. The Foundation’s scholarship committees, comprised of community volunteers, annually review applications from hundreds of high-school seniors and current college students.

“One of Legacy Foundation’s most important roles is to support and encourage educational attainment. Scholarships help students achieve their goals,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. “Diverse groups of dozens of volunteers from throughout the community are engaged in selecting worthy recipients of scholarship awards, based on the many accomplishments of these young people and the promise they show for their college careers and beyond.”

Among the scholarship programs managed by Legacy Foundation are the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for Lake County and the Legacy Scholarships. Awards from those programs for 2011 have been previously announced.

Additional scholarships, 2011 recipients named by Legacy Foundation funds, and, where applicable, their respective high schools, include:

D.J. and Rose Nidetz Scholarship: Braden Cleary, Wheeler High School

Donna K. Yundt Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Candreva, Lake Central High School

Dr. John Maniotes Scholarship: Elaine Pitsas, Munster High School; Jessica Sinclair, Highland High School; Daniella Tripodis, Chesterton High School

Dr. R.T. White Scholarship: Marelle A. Cerven, Munster High School; Bridget McCullough, Munster High School

Fred & Louise Latshaw Scholarship: Margaret Poling

Hammond Common Council Scholarship: Nathan Akerman, Ta’Shanya Bone, Nicole Brandy, Juan Carrasco, Nathan Cichock, Sharissa Guerrero, Francisco Hernandez, Jr., Candice Manuel, Daniela Mata, Ashley Overton, Frank Robles, Kaelyn Shabaz, Darren Simpson, Abigayle Stern, Paul Szymkowski

Herbert R. Kocher Memorial Scholarship: Shantell Smith, Roosevelt Career & Technical Academy

IBEW Local Union #697 Memorial Scholarship: Brooke Bonich, Christopher Brahos, Karl DeLange, Brooke Fargo, Sean Flannery, Kyle Gatlin, Elaine Hall, Douglas Hanenburg, Rebecca Johnson, Ryan Kabella, Samuel Kasmark, Tiffany Michaels, Matthew Miller, Thomas Moore, Jr., Cindy Rawley, Kathy Rawley,
Benjamin Rose, Hannah Schutter, Erin Shikany, Kaitlyn Sintkowski, Marissa Smith, Kristina Soderquist, Sarah Spies, Ashley Spurr, Lisa Waldrop

John V. and George Primich Family Scholarship: Enrique Ayala, Ryan Merriman, Kelly Peloza, Kimberly Sherwin, Amanda Szura, Christopher Zakian

Joseph Trent Morrow/Urban League of Northwest Indiana Scholarship: Litney Gray, West Side Leadership Academy

June Pangburn Scholarship: Lauren Richter, Hobart High School

Lake County Athletic Officials Association Scholarship: Jessica Elish, Highland High School; Joshua Long, Purdue University (Griffith High School 2008)

Nancy J. Pinnick Memorial Scholarship: Abby Anderson, River Forest High School

Patrick Lindsey Memorial Scholarship: Shayla Austin, Hammond High School; LaVontecia Gist, Merrillville High School

Roger Begnoche Scholarship: Alexander Serrano of Munster High School

Sengupta Family Scholarship: Anna Kacius of Lake Central High School

W. James Spicer Scholarship: Benjamin Niksch, Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy

Webster Cornwell Memorial Scholarship: Almadelia Aragon, Hammond High School

William J. Moran Indiana University School of Law Scholarship: John McKinlay, Indiana University School of Law (Andrean High School 1995)

For details about any of these scholarships, see Legacy Foundation’s Web site at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/scholarships. Lake County high school and college students are encouraged to check the site for information about available scholarship funds.

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Five exemplary Lake County students have been named recipients of the 2011 Legacy Scholarships by Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s philanthropic partner.

Each student was awarded a $2,000 scholarship toward tuition at the college of his or her choice. Selection was based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills, service to others, character, a written narrative, demonstrated financial need and an interview.

The 2011 Legacy Scholarship recipients are:

  • ·         Corrine Blackburn of Hobart High School
  • ·         Elaine Pitsas of Munster High School
  • ·         Shantell Smith of Roosevelt Career & Technical Academy
  • ·         Michelle Sopetti of Griffith High School
  • ·         Tyler VanLul of Calumet High School

“Legacy Foundation is a strong partner in supporting educational achievement of students throughout Lake County,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. “We are proud to recognize the many accomplishments of these young people as they begin their promising college careers.”

Legacy Foundation manages more than 25 scholarship programs. Lake County high-school and college students are encouraged to check Legacy Foundation’s Web site for information at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/scholarships.

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Directors, officers reflect strengths and diversity of Lake County community

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s philanthropic partner, has elected five experienced business and community leaders as the newest members of its board of directors. The board also elected officers for 2011-2012.

New members of the board, each elected to three-year terms, are: Cedar Lake attorney David Austgen; Robert Johnson, III, president and chief executive officer of Merrillville-based Cimcor, Inc.; Tom Keilman, director of government affairs at BP in Whiting; Martha Rivas-Ramos, vice president and branch manager at First Midwest Bank’s Munster branch; and Sandra Snearly-Vosberg, a Crown Point certified public accountant.

“Each of these individuals brings significant professional expertise, an understanding of the power of philanthropy to effect change in our community, and a true love of the Northwest Indiana region demonstrated throughout the course of their personal and professional lives,” said Harry J. Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation. “They join a board committed to building on the strengths of Lake County’s past to continue moving Northwest Indiana forward.”

Officers elected to serve for 2011-2012 are: Robert Nickovich, CEO of the Lake County Parks Department, chairman; Nancy Clifford, owner of Financial Strategies, LLC, vice chair; Amy Han, director of development for the Indiana University School of Medicine-Northwest, secretary; Ken Krupinski, CPA with Swartz Retson & Co., treasurer; Margot Clark, community volunteer, immediate past chair; Danette Garza, chief operating officer and general counsel at Medical Specialists of Indiana, chair of the Investment Committee; Richard Komyatte, attorney with Komyatte & Casbon, chair of the Development Committee; and Tory Prasco, attorney with Burke Costanza & Carberry, chair of the Grants Committee.

Other community leaders currently serving on the Legacy Foundation board include: David Bochnowski, chairman and CEO of Peoples Bank; Cornelia Brown, president of Creative Communications, Inc.; Howard Cohen, retired chancellor of Purdue University Calumet; Fredricka Davidson, community volunteer; Frankie Fesko, president, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana; Matthew Glaros, broker and consultant, Employer Benefit Systems; Carol Highsmith, senior partner, Centier Bank; Janet Moran, owner, Copywrite Communications, LLC; William Nangle, executive editor, The Times of Northwest Indiana; Dave Ryan, executive director of the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce; and Michael Suggs, director of operations integration and strategy at NIPSCO.

Legacy Foundation thanked for their years of dedicated service to the organization members who recently retired from the board: Bob Anadell;


the Hon. Lorenzo Arredondo; James Greiner; Stephen Pangere; and Stephen Place.

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