Lilly Endowment Scholarship Application Due Sept. 4

Fall 2018 Deadline for 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

The 2019 Blackford County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will again be named early in December 2018. Before last year scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

“The 2019 Scholar will receive our community’s 38th Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Dave Bowman “We are thrilled to provide this scholarship opportunity to Blackford County students.”

Blackford County Community Foundation, Inc. is nominating one student to receive a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in 2019.  This award provides full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

To be eligible for an award, a student must be a Blackford County resident who will graduate by the end of June 2019 with a diploma from a regionally accredited Indiana high school, and who has a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and a minimum combined SAT Score (Critical Reading and Math) of 1000 or minimum ACT Composite Score of 21.

Applications will be available in early August at the Blackford High School Guidance Office and the Community Foundation office, 121 N. High St., Hartford City.  The application will also be available at  Completed applications will be due to the Community Foundation September 4, 2018.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through Blackford County Community Foundation will remain unchanged; those applications will be available December 1, 2018 and due March 5, 2019.

Blackford Greenway Trail Taking Donations

The Blackford Greenway has a fund at the Foundation that accepts donations toward improvements and upkeep of the Trail that connects the north side of Hartford City with Blackford High School. Currently, the Foundation will match any donation to the fund dollar for dollar.  The funds will provide for new benches, landscaping, and trailheads.

The Greenway originally opened in late November and was officially dedicated on May 12 in conjunction with the Get Moving 5K Run sponsored by the Hartford City Chamber of Commerce.

Donations may be sent to the Foundation at P.O. Box 327, Hartford City, IN 47348 or contributed online.

Class of 2018 Scholarship Awards

The Blackford County Community Foundation has provided 75 scholarships to local graduating seniors. The awards amount total over $70,000. For a full list of the award winners, click here.

Nature Playscape Project in Progress

A grant to the Hartford City Public Library from the Foundation is providing funding for the creation of nature and literacy play stations to the east of the library. The project has been in the works for nearly a year. Construction is just beginning during the warmer days of this winter and into the spring months. For more information read our news story here.