Archive for June, 2012

Funds are among more than $1 million in grants and scholarships awarded to local organizations and individuals this year

Legacy Foundation announces the recipients of $260,000 in college scholarship awards for 2012.

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, manages 30 scholarship programs within its $40 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 achievement,” 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 these worthy recipients, based on the many accomplishments of these young people and the promise they show for their college careers and beyond.”

The scholarships are among nearly $1.1 million in grants and scholarships funded by Legacy Foundation during the first six months of 2012. In addition to the $260,000 in new scholarship awards, the foundation supports students currently enrolled in school with the help of $531,000 in renewable scholarships.

Also during 2012 thus far, Legacy Foundation has granted nearly $306,000 to Northwest Indiana nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life and educational opportunities for area residents.

For details about the many scholarships available through Legacy Foundation, visit the website at www.legacyfdn.org/scholarships.LakeCounty high-school and college students are encouraged to check the site for information about available scholarship funds.

Scholarships, 2012 recipients named by Legacy Foundation and their respective schools include:

Barbara Miller Meeker Art Scholarship: Ariana Koultourides, Munster High School

Bi-Centennial Memorial Scholarship: Guadalupe Almendarez, MortonHigh School

Ana Dominguez

BP Products of North America Scholarship:  April Biscocho, Andrean High School; Ana Dominguez, Munster High School

Broadway Scholarship: Jaylynn Page, Wirt-Emerson Visual & Performing Arts; April Biscocho, Andrean High School

D.J. and Rose Nidetz Scholarship: Jaclyn Gessert, Interlochen Arts Academy

 Donna K. Yundt Memorial Scholarship: Courtney Myers, Lake Central High School

Dr. John Maniotes Scholarship: Kailey Kawalec, Munster High School; Marina Tipold, Hobart High School

Dr. R.T. White Scholarship: Anna Shehigian, Munster High School, Conrad Navarro, Munster High School

April Biscocho

Fred and Louise Latshaw Scholarship: Michael Kukurugya, Crown Point High School; Gavin Mariano

Hammond Common Council Scholarships: Nicolas Kubacki, Bishop Noll High School; Lewis Burnet, Miguel Gaitan, Alyssa Miner, and Stephanie Perez, Clark High School; Jesse Diaz, Madelyn Johnston, and Cristina Lopez, Gavit High School; Josue Morales, Hector Tello, and Yvette Zither, Hammond High School; Samuel Berrios, Brock Daniels, Angel Flores, and Jacarr Washington, Morton High School.

Herbert R. Kocher Memorial Scholarship: James Staley, WhitingHigh School

 John V. and George Primich Family Scholarship:  Enrique Ayala, Adam Mark, Kimberly Sherwin, Amanda Szura, Christopher Zakian, and Timothy Zakian.

Joseph Trent Morrow/Urban League of Northwest Indiana Scholarship: Alexandria Artis, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy

Joshua Benjamin Cohen Memorial Scholarship: Gretchen Kohler and Conner Sunday,Valparaiso High School

June Pangburn Scholarship: Sarah Heming, Hobart High School

Kathy Lynn Hooks Memorial Scholarship:  Alexa Clark, River Forest High School

Lake County Athletic Officials Association Scholarship: Kathryn Gawor, The Culver Academies; Nicholas Roach, Mt. Carmel High School

Legacy Foundation Scholarship: Matthew Binder, Hobart High School; Lauren Kiser, Merrillville High School; Tyler Munjas, Lowell High School; Jaylynn Page, Wirt-Emerson Visual & Performing Arts; James Staley, Whiting High School

Legends Scholarship:  Cosetta Black, Calumet College of St. Joseph

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship:  Jackeline Fernandez, East Chicago Central High School; Cassandra Firchau, Crown Point High School; Sarah Guistolisi, Griffith High School; Taylor Hillegonds, Hanover Central High School; Tanisha Howard, West Side Leadership Academy; Desiree Swartz, River Forest High School

Nancy J. Pinnick Memorial Scholarship: Sueann Mason, River Forest High School

Patrick Lindsey Memorial Scholarship: Avery Davis, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy; Ryan Robinson,Morton High School

Roger Begnoche Scholarship: Colin Mancera,Lake Central High School

Sengupta Family Scholarship: Keertan Kini, Lake Central High School

W. James Spicer Scholarship: Jaylynn Page, Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy

Webster Cornwell Memorial Scholarship: Vanria Nabors, Hammond High School

The Cara Spicer Scholarship was created this year in her memory by her family. The first recipients are:  four students who will receive summer band tuition assistance through Books, Brushes, and Bands; four students who will receive art instruction and supplies through South Shore Arts; and one Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Art Academy student who will receive help with expenses while attending a summer program at Alvin Ailey Dance Training in New York City.

James Staley

Jaylynn Page

Matthew Binder

Tyler Munjas

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Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, gathered more than 70 women from Lake County to celebrate Legacy Foundation’s event, Wise Women Give Where They Live.

Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, attendees shared ways in which they contribute to Lake County and ideas about the future of the community.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for women to share information, understand that there is a large community of women interested in working together for progress in Lake County, and recognize how Legacy can help them actualize their ideas,” said Nancy Clifford, Legacy Foundation Board Chair.

The reception featured Legacy Foundation board members Margot Clark, Nancy Clifford and Sandra Snearly-Vosberg who shared why women of the Legacy board are dedicated to their community. Barbara Miller-Meeker was also a guest speaker. Meeker established the Barbara Miller-Meeker Art Scholarship at Legacy Foundation, to encourage Munster High School seniors pursuing the visual arts.

Legacy Vice President, Lara Kalwinski, had the idea to host a women’s event in order to gain an understanding of why and how women support their communities.

The reception was held at Innsbrook Country Club, 6701 Taft Street Merrillville, IN. BMO Harris sponsored the event and had representatives share how they are committed to being involved in the community.

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Student studies at Crown Point Adult Learning Center

Student Alex Robles studies language skills at the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. Two Legacy Foundation grants to the center were among more than $1.1 million in funding to community organizations and scholarships during the first half of 2012.

Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner marks new milestone in funding of quality of life initiatives and educational attainment

Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner, funded nearly $1.1 million in grants and scholarships during the first six months of 2012.

“This significant investment in the quality of life and educational attainment of Northwest Indiana residents marks a new milestone for Legacy Foundation,” noted Harry Vande Velde III, president and chief executive officer. “We are leading the way in creating positive impact through funding that enhances the community, creates an informed and engaged citizenry, and helps youth graduate high school and realize their higher education and career goals.”

Legacy Foundation manages four major funds to support Lake County nonprofit organizations that enhance the quality of life for people throughout the region. From these funds, the foundation has awarded nearly $306,000 in grants so far this year.

Legacy Foundation also manages 30 scholarship programs within its $40 million in assets. These programs awarded $260,000 in new funds for the 2012-13 academic year, while students continue to benefit from $531,000 in renewable scholarships.

“Young people throughout Lake County are achieving great things academically while becoming engaged in their community,” Vande Velde said. “Legacy Foundation proudly stewards donors’ funds to support the hopes and dreams of these talented scholars to attain a college education.”

Grants make positive impact in the community

Campagna Academy soon will complete construction of an outdoor therapeutic recreation area on its 47-acre Schererville campus thanks to the support of a Legacy Foundation grant. CEO Elena Dwyre said the project features a low ropes course that will improve clinical services to children served by the facility, and will be offered to the community for programs such as leadership skills training. The project had been on the drawing board for some time and would not have been possible without the Legacy Foundation funding.

“This has allowed us to improve and strengthen our services for the children,” Dwyre said. “(Government) cuts in rates for our services have been quite significant, and without this type of financial support, nonprofits would not be able to add to the services we offer. It is important for us to find collaborative partners like Legacy Foundation.”

In Crown Point, the Adult Learning Center recently moved to new space in the Lakeview Square shopping center. The center currently is helping more than 120 students with GED preparation and English as a Second Language classes. A Legacy Foundation grant helps pay for rent, utilities, internet access and phone service. A second, matching grant will help the board build its fundraising capacity.

“Legacy Foundation’s funding is critical to our very basic needs,” said Carol Borowski, president of Friends of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. “If we can’t pay the rent, we won’t have a school. We have been serving adult learners since 1979 and have been in several different locations in town, so we’re pleased to be able to continue the school serving the Crown Point community.”

Client intake at Sojourner Truth House

An employee works with a homeless mother and child during intake at Sojourner Truth House in Gary. A Legacy Foundation grant to Sojourner Truth House will ensure a case manager works with each client to create a recovery plan.

Grants awarded during 2012

From January through June 2012, Legacy Foundation awarded grants to the following Lake County nonprofit organizations:

From the Lake County Community Fund

  • Campagna Academy to build an outdoor therapeutic recreation area
  • Catholic Charities to renovate parks and vacant lots in Gary
  • Crown Point Community Theatre to create a theater arts mentoring program
  • Food Bank of Northwest Indiana to collaborate on a teaching garden with Avicenna Academy, the Town of Merrillville, and GrowNWI
  • Dunes Learning Center to update curriculum for Lake County students
  • Friends of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center to rent program space and build fundraising capacity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana to purchase building materials for two homes in East Chicago
  • Indiana Ballet Theatre to subsidize student attendance of arts programming
  • METAS to increase the number of Lake County Latino students earning college degrees
  • Miller Beach Arts and Creative District to support five pop-up art events
  • Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theater Foundation to design a website that engages members and donors
  • Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission to produce a video of the Comprehensive Regional Plan
  • Opportunity Enterprises to serve Lake County clients at the Lake Eliza campus
  • Our Family Center to build organizational capacity
  • Parents as Teachers of Lake County to provide parent educator services that include program monitoring and quality assurance activities
  • Shirley Heinze Land Trust to conduct an environmental education program for Hobart students
  • Sojourner Truth House to ensure a case manager works with each client to create a recovery plan
  • Teach for America to build organizational capacity in Lake County
  • Three Creeks Historical Association to restore the oldest historical brick home in Lake County
  • Tri-Town Safety Village to subsidize student participation in safety programming

From the Maria Reiner Senior Citizen Fund

  • Hobart Family YMCA to fund senior services in Hobart
  • School City of Hobart to fund senior arts programming in Hobart

From the College Readiness Fund

  • College Mentors for Kids to support a mentoring program for Hammond students
  • Communities in Schools to coach high school students to graduate high school and chart college and career opportunities
  • Gary Life Education Initiative to coach middle school students to graduate high school and chart college and career opportunities
  • Hammond Education Foundation to coach parents to teach their children through reading at home
  • Hobart Education Foundation to provide early childhood education classes for children and parents
  • Purdue University Calumet Education Talent Search to support college and career readiness programming
  • The Salvation Army to tutor students struggling with math and language arts
  • Urban Reach, Inc. to coach students to become the first generation of their family to graduate college

From the John S. and James L. Knight Fund

  • Gary Public Library South Shore Museum and Cultural Center to create a sustainability model for the museum and cultural center
  • Leadership Northwest Indiana to implement leadership programming for Lake County students
Crown Point Adult Learning Center

Teacher Pat Cope (left) reviews materials with student Angel Santomaria at the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. Two grants from Legacy Foundation help pay for rent and other basic needs of the center, as well as build the board’s fundraising capacity.

To learn more about the Legacy Foundation grants program, visit www.legacyfdn.org or email legacy@legacyfdn.org.  Grant applications are posted August 1, and the next deadline for grant applications is Sept. 1, 2012.

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