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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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2012 Lake County Lilly Scholars

Cassandra Firchau, Tanisha Howard, Taylor Hillegonds, Jackeline Fernandez, Sarah Guistolisi and Desiree Swartz are the Legacy Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Six outstanding Lake County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Legacy Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Each Lilly Scholar will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of  her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

 The local 2012 Lilly Scholars are:

  • Jackeline Fernandez of East Chicago Central High School, daughter of Marie Maysonet
  • Cassandra Firchau of Crown Point High School, daughter of Leo and Rosanne Firchau
  • Sarah Guistolisi of Griffith High School, daughter of Michael and Laura Guistolisi
  • Taylor Hillegonds of Hanover Central High School, daughter of William and Michelle Hillegonds
  • Tanisha Howard of West Side Leadership Academy in Gary, daughter of Patricia Howard
  • Desiree Swartz of River Forest High School in Hobart, daughter of Sherri Swartz

“As Lake County’s leading philanthropic resource, one of Legacy Foundation’s most important roles is to support educational opportunity,” 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, and to partner with Lilly Endowment in advancing them toward their futures.”

Legacy Foundation recognized the Lilly Scholars with a dinner in their honor at Innsbrook Country Club. The event featured keynote speaker Jared Tomich, a former National Football League player and Lake Central High School graduate who returned to the Lake County community to found Ignite Sports Performance Centers, Fuel Fitness Centers and the Halo of Hope Foundation. The foundation offers camp experiences to children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Jared Tomich at Lilly Scholars dinner

Philanthropist and former NFL player Jared Tomich speaks to the 2012 Lilly Scholars.

Tomich encouraged the young scholarship recipients to enjoy college and life experiences, and to come back home to give back to their community.

“When I was done playing (in the NFL), there was no question, my roots were here. I came home and started my businesses,” Tomich said.

Each high school in Lake County was invited to submit an applicant for the prestigious Lilly scholarships. A total of 224 students from 27 schools applied for the 2012 awards. Those nominated by their high schools were evaluated based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills, service to others, character, a written narrative, demonstrated financial need and an interview.

After Legacy Foundation’s scholarship committee narrowed the field to six nominees and four alternates, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

“The selection process was challenging because all the candidates showed significant academic achievement while participating in extracurricular activities, holding jobs and giving back to the community,” said Martha Rivas-Ramos, a member of Legacy Foundation’s board of directors as well as a member of the Scholarship Committee. “The applicants from throughout Lake County have achieved a great deal at a young age, and we are confident that they will make important contributions to our community in the years to come.”

The Lilly scholarships were created in 1998 by a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.

This year community foundations around the state awarded 142 Lilly scholarships. Since the inception of the program, Legacy Foundation has awarded 145 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships to Lake County students.

Legacy Foundation manages 30 scholarship programs. Lake County residents are encouraged to check Legacy Foundation’s Web site for information at www.legacyfdn.org/scholarships.

 

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Fourth graders at Hayes Leonard Elementary in Valparaiso ask questions of Legacy Foundation CEO Harry Vande Velde during a visit to the school.

(VALPARAISO, Indiana) – Distinguished individuals were born and raised in Northwest Indiana including:

  •  A pioneer of early flight.
  • A space shuttle astronaut.
  • Founder of the first major African-American record label in the United States.
  • Four Nobel Prize laureates.

Fourth-grade students at Hayes Leonard Elementary School in Valparaiso are learning more about these innovators and 16 others by using a new activity resource provided by Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner. The students gathered Wednesday in the school library with teacher Sharon McCorkle and other educators to celebrate the release of The Legends’ Compass: A Collection of True Tales for Young Adventurers and Dreamers.

The Legends’ Compass is an activity resource based on innovators honored as South Shore Legends at the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority/Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The resource, available as both a book and downloadable, printable pages, is designed to help children throughout Northwest Indiana be inspired by stories of people who grew up in their own communities and achieved great things. The activity book was written by a certified teacher and meets Indiana Academic Standards for fourth grade curriculum in Reading and Social Studies.

“Legacy Foundation is proud to bring this educational resource to students, so that they can learn about the amazing accomplishments of the South Shore Legends in a fun and interesting way,” said Harry Vande Velde, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation.

Recently Legacy Foundation distributed 1,400 copies of The Legends’ Compass to fourth-grade teachers and others working with school-age children around the seven-county Northwest Indiana area. View the resource at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/southshorelegends.

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Legacy Foundation CEO Harry Vande Velde speaks to fourth graders at St. Mary Community School in Crown Point about "The Legends Compass," an activity resource celebrating the South Shore Legends.

Distinguished individuals were born and raised in Northwest Indiana including:

  • A pioneer of early flight.
  • A space shuttle astronaut.
  • Founder of the first major African-American record label in the United States.
  • Four Nobel Prize laureates.

Fourth-grade students at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point are learning more about these innovators and 16 others by using a new activity resource provided by Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s leading philanthropic partner. The students gathered Wednesday in the classroom of teacher Candace Wadas to celebrate the release of The Legends’ Compass: A Collection of True Tales for Young Adventurers and Dreamers.

The Legends’ Compass is an activity resource based on innovators honored as South Shore Legends at the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority/Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. The resource, available as both a book and downloadable, printable pages, is designed to help children throughout Northwest Indiana be inspired by stories of people who grew up in their own communities and achieved great things. The activity book was written by a certified teacher and meets Indiana Academic Standards for fourth grade curriculum in Reading and Social Studies.

“Legacy Foundation is proud to bring this educational resource to students, so that they can learn about the amazing accomplishments of the South Shore Legends in a fun and interesting way,” said Harry Vande Velde, president and chief executive officer of Legacy Foundation.

Recently Legacy Foundation distributed 1,400 copies of The Legends’ Compass to fourth-grade teachers and others working with school-age children around the seven-county Northwest Indiana area. View the resource at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/southshorelegends.

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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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(l-r): Kelly Rostin, Crown Point High School; Sarah Dora, Merrillville High School; Jeremy Washington, Hammond High School; Rose Mullaney, Bishop Noll Institute; Kimberly Reppa, Hanover Central High School; Je'len Gillis, Wirt Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy

Six Lake County students receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships

(MERRILLVILLE, Indiana) – Six outstanding Lake County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Legacy Foundation 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Each Lilly Scholar will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his or her choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

The local 2011 Lilly Scholars are:

  • Sarah Dora of Merrillville High School, daughter of Daniel Dora and Kathryn Bihlman
  • Je’len Gillis of Wirt Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy in Gary, son of Gregory Gillis and Dana Robinson
  • Rose Mullaney of Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, daughter of Paul and Kelly Mullaney
  • Kimberly Reppa of Hanover Central High School, daughter of Paul and Denene Reppa
  • Kelly Rostin of Crown Point High School, daughter of Timothy and Kimberly Rostin
  • Jeremy Washington of Hammond High School, son of Jeff and Tameka Jones

“One of the most important roles of Legacy Foundation in Lake County is to support educational achievement,” 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, and to partner with Lilly Endowment in advancing them toward their futures.”

Each high school in Lake County was invited to submit an applicant for the prestigious Lilly scholarships. A total of 208 students from 25 schools applied. Those nominated by their high schools were evaluated based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills, service to others, character, a written narrative, demonstrated financial need and an interview.

After Legacy Foundation’s scholarship committee narrowed the field to six nominees and two alternates, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

“The selection process is very difficult because all the candidates show significant academic achievement while participating in extracurricular activities, holding jobs and giving back to the community,” said Robert Nickovich, chairman of Legacy Foundation’s board of directors and a member of the Scholarship Committee. “The applicants from all the high schools have achieved a great deal at a young age, and we are confident that they will make important contributions to our community in the years to come.”

The Lilly scholarships were created in 1998 by a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.

This year community foundations around the state awarded 142 Lilly scholarships. Since the inception of the program, Legacy Foundation has awarded nearly 140 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships to Lake County students.

Legacy Foundation manages more than 25 scholarship programs. Lake County residents who will graduate high school this year still have time to apply for numerous scholarship opportunities and are encouraged to check Legacy Foundation’s Web site for information at www.legacyfoundationlakeco.org/scholarships.

The Lilly Scholars and their parents will be honored at a banquet in late April. In addition, winners of all scholarships managed by Legacy Foundation as well as current and past Lilly Scholars will be invited to a celebration of their achievements at a Gary South Shore Railcats game in June.

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