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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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(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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Lake County’s community foundation announces initiative to increase educational attainment

Project 100%

Lincoln Ellis has had many discussions about the challenges facing African-American males with the staff and board of the Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation.

As the executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, Ellis sees firsthand the need to help transition young men from boyhood into manhood and to be good fathers. Over the last several years, the Boys & Girls Clubs’ partnership with Legacy Foundation has led to a gathering of more than 30 organizations for families and youth in Gary, generating $1.2 million in additional resources for the city; developed $750,000 in new funds for mentoring programs; and recently sent 40 young men on a tour of historically black colleges.

“I call them my partners in exceptional good works,” Ellis said.

Ellis shared his story during Legacy Foundation’s annual reception for donors, held Nov. 4 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza. The audience included approximately 200 people, many of them donors representing business, nonprofit organizations, and the community at large. The organization also distributed its annual report to donors, featuring stories about the impact of grants into the community.

During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, despite the challenges of the local and national economic downturn, Legacy Foundation awarded more than $2 million in grants and scholarships that enhance the quality of life throughout Lake County.

“Legacy Foundation responds to community need,” President Nancy Johnson said. “This year we have responded to the increased threat of hunger by stepping up our grant making to the Northwest Indiana Food Bank and community food pantries. We funded the Indiana Reinvestment Alliance to help counsel families who are threatened with foreclosure on their homes and helped get a new home built in the ‘Field of Dreams,’ a project of Northwest Indiana Habitat for Humanity which is located in Gary. We provided the seed money to initiate the Hobart Parents as Teachers chapter, which has proven wildly successful. In just a few short months, 135 children and their families have become active in the program.”

During the reception Legacy Foundation announced an important initiative to increase educational attainment in Lake County.

Project 100% is an initiative that grew out of a yearlong strategic visioning process conducted by Legacy’s board of directors.

“Education is a critical issue to our county, whether you live in Cedar Lake or Hammond, Lowell or Lake Station,” board member Nancy Clifford said. “If we can increase the number of our students graduating with a quality high-school degree who are college- or career-bound, this will have a positive impact for Lake County.”

Key components of the effort include:

  • Helping to connect every eligible student with Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship program, which offers college tuition to first generation low-income students;
  • Increasing the number of youth served with programs outside of school;
  • Strengthening these programs to meet the challenges of providing quality services; and
  • Helping to connect youth with caring, qualified mentors.

Legacy Foundation has begun the effort by initiating the South Shore Connection, a collaboration with Lake Area United Way and Foundations of East Chicago. This is a partnership with school districts and nonprofit agencies to share data to improve educational outcomes. At this time school systems in Gary, Hammond, Lake Station and Merrillville have agreed to participate in the project.

Legacy Foundation will be seeking additional partnerships and community commitment to develop and implement Project 100%.

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