Starke County Community Foundation Plans Over $100,000 in Grant Funding for Ancilla College

Jim Hardesty’s nephew Chuck Hardesty, niece Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer, following the official naming of Hardesty Hall
Jim Hardesty’s nephew Chuck Hardesty, niece Joan Hardesty, and SCCF Director of Development Sarah Origer, following the formal naming of Hardesty Hall

Ancilla College is getting a boost with its efforts to provide on-campus student housing. The Starke County Community Foundation has announced plans to provide a total of $105,000 in grant funding from its Hardesty Memorial Endowment Fund over the next five years. That includes an initial grant of $25,000 for the college’s new dorm building. Continue reading

SCCF Preschool Fair Scheduled Tomorrow Evening

abc-blocksParents of preschool-age Starke County children can take advantage of a one-stop shop tomorrow night at the 3rd Annual Starke County Community Foundation Preschool Fair. Development Director Sarah Origer says the goal is to increase awareness of how important preschool is.

“We encourage parents, grandparents, caregivers, the whole family, to come out for this preschool fair. I guarantee they will learn something new about offerings for young children in Starke County.” Continue reading

SCCF Encourages Parents to Consider Preschool

abc-blocksApril is the Month of the Young Child, and the Starke County Community Foundation is committed to ensuring local youngsters have every opportunity to succeed. Research indicates development of fine motor skills is critical. Motor skills are the child’s ability to do any activity by using a muscle group. Fine motor skills are small movements of a child’s fingers, toes, wrists and eyes. Continue reading

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Announced


Students from North Judson-San Pierre and Winamac Community high schools are recipients of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Kyle Collins was nominated by the Community Foundation of Pulaski County, while Nicholas Sierzputowski was the Starke County Community Foundation’s nominee. Each of them will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of their choice, as well as a $900 yearly stipend for books and equipment. Continue reading

Swansons Receive SCCF Philanthropy Award

Mat Marilyn SwansonThe Starke County Community Foundation honored Marilyn and Mathew Swanson Tuesday with the first annual James R. Hardesty Leadership in Philanthropy Award. The Swansons were involved in numerous organizations in the county, including the Community Foundation, where they helped create the Ancilla/SCILL Center Fund, as well as The Mat and Marilyn Swanson Family Fund. Continue reading

$500 Grant Awarded to Bella Vita

[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig [back]: Jay Albert
[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig
[back]: Jay Albert
The local pregnancy resource center, Bella Vita, was graciously awarded a grant of $500 yesterday. Thursday afternoon representatives from the Starke County Community Foundation, Director of Development Sarah Origer and their intern Rachel Lenig as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albert presented the money to Bella Vita representatives, Center Director Sarah Dedloff and Executive Director Lorie Reading. Continue reading

SCCF Lilly Endowment Scholarship Application Available Online


Applications for the Starke County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Scholarship are due next week. The application is available online at and must be turned in by Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program offers a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to one local high school senior who will start college in the fall of 2015. The recipient must intend to be a full-time student and pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. Prospective applicants must currently live in Starke County and be high school seniors graduating by the end of June 2015 with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school. Continue reading