Recipient of Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Announced

Madeline Krueger

A graduating senior student from Knox Community High School has been chosen as the 2019 Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Madeline Krueger will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the Indiana college or university of her choice. She’ll also get a $900 yearly stipend to cover the costs of required books and equipment.

According to a press release from the Starke County Community Foundation, Madeline plans to study Civil Engineering at Purdue University West Lafayette. Continue reading

Volunteers Work Hard on Greenhouse for Ken Craig Community Garden, Fundraiser Planned for February

The Ken Craig Community Garden had a very successful summer of supplying fresh food to community members and various local organizations. Representatives report that they’ll be able to support even more growth in the future thanks to a grant provided by the Starke County Community Foundation.

Ever since funds from the Foundation were received back in October, garden volunteers have been racing against the cold weather to get a greenhouse put in place. They’ve made significant strides over the last few months. Continue reading

Starke County Community Foundation Highlights Gift Matching Opportunities

Those planning to donate to one of the Starke County Community Foundation’s community funds have the chance to make their money go even further. The Lilly Endowment has announced a “2-for-1 dollar matching opportunity” for gifts to community funds, according to a Community Foundation press release. On top of that, the Starke County Community Foundation will match community fund donations dollar-for-dollar during its annual open house on Giving Tuesday, November 27.

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Barbara McLaughlin Receives Starke County Community Foundation Hardesty Award

SCCF Dir. of Dev. Sarah Origer, James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award winner Barbara McLaughlin, and NICF Executive Director Jay Albright (SCCF photo)

The Starke County Community Foundation has announced the winner of its 2018 James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award. Barbara McLaughlin was presented with the award during last week’s Community Impact Reception.

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Students Are Encouraged to Explore Available Funding Opportunities During National Scholarship Month

The National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA) recognizes November as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students. That is why November is recognized as National Scholarship Month.

According to information provided on, National Scholarship Month used to be acknowledged in May until 2008. However, since many scholarship providers begin posting new scholarship information and competitions for the next academic year around November, it was moved. Continue reading

Donations Highlighted at Knox School Board Meeting

Donations for school safety training and an elementary school field trip were formally accepted by the Knox School Board last week. The school corporation received $834 from the Starke County Community Foundation’s Go for School Safety Fund. That helped with the cost of last month’s active shooter tabletop exercise for Starke County school officials and first responders. The school board also accepted a donation from the Bennett family, to help pay for the third grade field trip to Fair Oaks Farms.

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$25,000 Worth of Equipment Donated to Knox High School Graphic Arts Department

Knox High School’s Graphic Arts Department is getting a major equipment upgrade, thanks to a recent donation. Compliance Signs gave the school two Roland wide body printers, valued at $12,500 each. On top of that, CutCardStock of Valparaiso has donated $450 worth of paper. The donations were officially accepted by the school board last week.

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