Scholar Story

The 2020 Guy David Gundlach Community Scholars

Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship winners named

As a complement to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholars program, the Community Foundation is honored to carry on the legacy of Guy David Gundlach by awarding six Elkhart County, first-generation, college-bound students a four-year, $5,000/year scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree. This memorial scholarship is only one of the many positive initiatives established due to Mr. […]

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The following resources have been curated from our years of experience helping our community members find and receive scholarships to empower their education.

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COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY

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INDIANA INTERN.NET

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GOING 2 COLLEGE

This website offers you an opportunity to move forward with your college plans by helping you identify school options, and locate financial aid resources and additional information in your state such as mentoring and tutoring, federal and state financial aid and college information.

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Indiana's complete portal to help a student navigate how to plan or change a career.

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Earn the Governor's Work Ethic Certification during high school to help any job search.

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Our Scholarships

Community Impact Scholarship

The Community Impact Scholarship was established by the Community Foundation to improve the quality of life in Elkhart County by providing education opportunities.  The unrestricted Scholarship Fund for Elkhart County provides support for the awards.  Many generous community members have donated to the unrestricted scholarship fund to make these awards possible. Selection for this award […]

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Morton Family Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements: Awards: One new award is given every year in the amount of $1,000 per year for each of four years for a total award of $4,000.  Apply between January 1 and March 1, 2023 Apply Now

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Mary J. Strati Byrd Scholarship

The Mary J. Strati Byrd Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to students from Elkhart High School pursuing a degree in the medical field. Eligibility Requirements: Awards:  One new award is given every two years in the amount of $1,000 per year for four years for a total award of $4,000. Apply between January […]

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Ed Bradford Family Health Care 4-H Scholarship

The Ed Bradford Family Health Care 4-H Scholarship is for students seeking a degree in a medical field. Eligibility Requirements: Amount of award:  One new award is given each year in the amount of $500 per year for four years for a total award of $2,000. Apply between January 1 and March 1, 2023. Apply […]

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Donald and Margaret Covert Scholarship

Donald and Margaret Covert established this scholarship in order to provide scholarships to students from Elkhart County high schools who wish to pursue a degree in a science‐oriented curriculum. Eligibility Requirements: 1.  Resident of Elkhart County for a minimum of one year 2.  Graduating high school senior 3.  A student having attained Core 40 or […]

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David E. Schnell Football Scholarship

 The scholarship was established in the loving memory of David E. Schnell by his family and friends. David was born in Elkhart and attended Beardsley Elementary, North Side Middle School, and graduated from Elkhart Central in 1985. He graduated from Indiana University in 1990. He was rated #1 Blue Chip Football player and went on […]

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Dale Family Nursing Scholarship

Dorothy Dale Zook established the Dale Family Nursing Scholarship Fund in loving memory of her parents, William A. and Pearl S. Dale.  Eligibility Requirements:  Amount of award:  One new award is given every year in the amount of $1,000 (1-year award).   Apply between January 1 and March 1, 2023. Apply Now

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Corporal Aaron L. Seal Memorial Scholarship

 In Corporal Aaron Seal’s eyes, Iraqi children always were the most grateful for the U.S. military’s presence in their country. He delighted in the flash of a smile or a thumbs-up from a young child. In phone calls home to his family, he would tell his family it made his day when children were smiling. […]

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The Butch Nine Scholarship

Sgt. Brant A. “Butch” Nine was born in Nappanee, Indiana and lived in the Nappanee-Bremen area his entire life.  Butch was a 6 ½ year veteran of the Nappanee police department when he was killed in the line of duty on November 3, 1988. This scholarship was established in honor of Butch’s dedicated service to […]

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Dr. John W. and Margaret B. Foreman Scholarship for DePauw University

The Dr. John W. and Margaret B. Foreman Scholarships were established in conjunction with DePauw University. Eligibility Requirements:  Awards: This scholarship awards one new recipient every four years, including 2024, 2028 and beyond.  This scholarship is a four-year award. The recipient is awarded approximately $11,500 a year for tuition and $800 a year for a book […]

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Hursh Family Music Scholarship

The Hursh family was active in the Goshen community from 1941 until Charles Hursh’s death in 1984.  Charles practiced optometry and his wife, Hulda, was a community volunteer and later manager of his office.   Charles was an accomplished trumpet player, encouraged his children’s musical interests; Stanley (Bud) in voice, Georgia (Loni) in oboe and […]

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Heritage Financial Group Scholarship

The Heritage Financial Group Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to dependents of employees of one of the following: • Heritage Financial Group, Inc. • Quick Auto, Inc. • Heritage Acceptance Corporation • M H Acceptance or any of the Manufactured Housing Communities. Eligibility Requirements:  1.  Parent must be an employee of Heritage Financial […]

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Tom Grove Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established in the loving memory of Tom Grove. Tom was a retired teacher and the head of the Art Department at Elkhart Central High School.  He dedicated 40 years of service to helping his students pursue their interests in art and photography. Tom was a skilled fine artist and photographer. He and his […]

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Claude S. and Hanna M. Kegerreis Scholarship

The Claude S. and Hanna M. Kegerreis Scholarship was established to provide annual scholarships to worthy graduates from Elkhart County high schools. Eligibility Requirements:  Awards:   Multiple awards are given every year in the amount of $1,000 per year for each of four years for a total award of $4,000. Apply between January 1 and […]

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Literacy League of Elkhart County Scholarship

Previously known as Altrusa International of Elkhart County, the Literacy League of Elkhart County has focused on making literacy a priority for over 100 years. Through its annual fundraising efforts, the club has been providing scholarships to high school students in Elkhart County on a yearly basis. Then a member, Betty Brooks, passed away and […]

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Mary T. Putnam Journalism Scholarship

The Mary T. Putnam Journalism Scholarship was established in 2016 by Mr. Douglas Putnam on behalf of his beloved wife. This scholarship was created in order to provide support to students from Elkhart County committed to journalism.  Eligibility Requirements:  1. Resident of Elkhart County for at least one year  2.  Must be a high school senior […]

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Philip T. Christ Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:  Applicant must be a dependent child of a CTS Corporation employee working at any of CTS’ domestic facilities; The applicant must be in his or her senior year of high school;  The applicant must submit a copy of his or her high school transcripts and must rank in the upper half of his […]

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Todd C. Putnam Memorial Scholarship

Established by Douglas and Mary Putnam in memory of their son Todd, this scholarship was created in order to provide scholarships to students from Elkhart County committed to an accredited college in Indiana with the objective of pursuing a career in healthcare (pre-med, nursing) or special needs education. Eligibility Awards:  One award is given each […]

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Ira Whitlock Scholarship

The Ira Whitlock Scholarship Fund was established by Mabel R. Pifer as a perpetual memorial in honor of her father.  Eligibility Requirements:  1.  Resident of Elkhart County for a minimum of one year  2.  Graduating high school senior  3.  Student having attained Core 40 or Indiana Academic Honors Diploma or equivalent 4.  Student planning pursue a four-year degree […]

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IUSB Elkhart County Scholarship

The IUSB Elkhart County Scholarship was established to provide scholarship assistance to Elkhart County residents enrolled as students in good standing at Indiana University South Bend. Eligibility Requirements:  1.  Resident of Elkhart County for a minimum of one year  2.  Enrolled as a student in good standing and pursuing a degree at Indiana University South […]

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Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship

The Ivy Tech Community College Scholarship was established to encourage the pursuit of education by all residents of Elkhart County. This purpose is motivated by the conviction that the future well-being of our country depends in large measure upon the attainment of higher education by as many citizens as possible.  Eligibility Requirements:  1.  Resident of […]

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Walter O. Wells Scholarship

The Walter O. Wells Scholarship was established to provide annual scholarships to graduates from Elkhart County high schools in order for them to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. Eligibility Requirements: Awards:   Multiple awards are given every year in the amount of $1,000 per year for each of 4 years […]

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Jane Fryer McConaughy Memorial Scholarship

The Jane Fryer McConaughy Memorial Scholarship was established by Edna Dierdorff of Elkhart County, Indiana, in honor of her grandmother. Mrs. Dierdorff firmly believed that the “Golden Rule” imposes on all persons a moral duty to keep the peace and to settle things harmoniously and gladly between themselves. In order to foster an understanding of […]

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Larry and Elizabeth Renbarger Scholarship

Larry and Elizabeth established the Renbarger Scholarship in 1997 to benefit graduating high school seniors attending Manchester University. Eligibility Requirements: Awards:  One award is given every four years. The scholarship will be awarded in 2022 and every four years after. The recipient is awarded approximately $5,000 for each of four years for tuition for a […]

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Charles Milton and Miriam Nance Miller Nursing Scholarship

The Charles Milton and Miriam Nance Miller Nursing Scholarship was established by Mrs. Miriam “Nance” Miller on behalf of her beloved husband, Charles Milton Miller. As the proud parents of seven children, higher education was strongly encouraged with a conviction that their children would be afforded the knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive […]

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Henry and Alice Pedersen Educational Fund

The Henry and Alice Pedersen Educational Scholarship Fund was established to encourage the pursuit of education beyond high school, by young people residing in Elkhart County. This purpose is motivated by the conviction that the future well-being of our country depends in large measure upon our young men and women and their ability to secure […]

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Ralph Lockerbie Goshen Kiwanis Scholarship

The Ralph G. Lockerbie Goshen Kiwanis Scholarship was established by Mrs. Rita C. Lockerbie on behalf of her beloved husband, Ralph G. Lockerbie. He moved to Goshen with his parents at the age of three. His roots took hold at an early age and would stay with him as he faithfully served the Goshen community […]

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Community Scholarships

In addition to the scholarships that are overseen by the Community Foundation, these additional scholarships and ways to find funding made possible by the generosity of families and organizations in the Elkhart County community:   Catherine Wolf Scholarship – Elkhart Community Schools DreamsWork Scholarship Edward M. Ludwick Memorial Scholarship (High School) – Little Flower Parish […]

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship

Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a proud partner of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) Program, which has provided more than 90 students from Elkhart County with the financial means to complete a post-secondary education. Through the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Lilly Endowment Inc. will award four-year, full-tuition (room and board not […]

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Universal Scholarship Application

The Universal Scholarship Application is open January 1 to March 2 and creates a pathway to more than 25 scholarships.   The Community Foundation oversees numerous scholarship funds, which provide dozens of award opportunities each year.  To save you on time and energy, we have developed one online, universal application that matches you directly with […]

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John G. Blakesley Mathematical Excellence Scholarship for 8th Grade

Thanks to the generosity of John G. Blakesley, the Community Foundation is proud to offer a four-year scholarship to an Elkhart County graduating eighth-grade student, to be applied towards four years of higher education at an accredited college following the student’s high school graduation.   The scholarship application opens February 1, 2023 and applications are due […]

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21st Century Scholars

Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. […]

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INSPIRE Scholarship

The INSPIRE Scholarship will provide hard-working, community-minded students the opportunity to receive $3,000 per year toward their college education. It will award multiple 2- and 4-year scholarships each year.   Scholarship award: $3,000 per year You are eligible if you are: The selection process will be weighted upon the following: Note: We value giving back to our communities through […]

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Adult Scholarships

The Community Foundation provides tuition assistance for adults working hard to obtain their degree or certificate.  Students are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in scholarships and may re-apply annually. Over 50 adult scholarships are awarded each year. Download the Brochure     Scholarship Listing Apply Now

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