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Community Foundation of Elkhart County offers local scholarship opportunities for all ages

Tuesday, January 2, 2018
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Adults, graduating high school seniors, and 8th grade students in Elkhart County can find a scholarship through the Community Foundation.

On January 1st, 2018 the Community Foundation of Elkhart County will go live with scholarship applications for adults, high school seniors, and 8th grade students.  Whether an applicant will be taking classes part-time or full-time or taking traditional, non-traditional or graduate level courses, there is a scholarship opportunity available at the Community Foundation.  All scholarships can be used toward tuition and academic fees, but are not available for room and board.

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 1, 2018. To access all scholarship applications, visit:

In fiscal year 2017, the Community Foundation awarded over $2 million in scholarships, benefiting hundreds of students from Elkhart County.

“The Community Foundation values helping students connect with their future as well as providing the resources our local students need to succeed,” says Pete McCown, Community Foundation President.


The Community Foundation awards over 50 scholarships each year to adults working to obtain their degree or certificate.  Students are eligible to receive up to $3,000 each year and may re-apply annually. Applicants will only need to complete one online application to apply for all scholarships.

NEW: The Community Impact Scholarship is designed to help adults seeking an undergraduate, technical, or certificate program to better their career, work opportunity or upward mobility.


Through the generosity of individuals, the Community Foundation administers over 90 scholarship funds, which produce dozens of high school awards every year. To apply for these scholarships, the Community Foundation has an online application that matches each applicant directly with the scholarship(s) for which they are eligible.


Thanks to the legacy of John G. Blakesley, the Community Foundation offers a 4-year scholarship to an Elkhart County graduating 8th grade student, towards higher education following the student’s high school graduation. The Blakesley Scholarship recognizes exceptional, early aptitude in mathematics by an eighth-grade student completing math honors coursework. This scholarship inspires the development of mathematical interest and understanding. The recipient of the Blakesley Scholarship will be awarded $1,250 a year four years for a total award of $5,000.

About the Community Foundation of Elkhart County

The Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County.  The Community Foundation has awarded approximately $96.4 million to more than 400 local nonprofit organizations, including more than $18 million in fiscal year 2017.  It is with strength and hope the Community Foundation seeds the local landscape, supporting plans, programs, and ideas that potentially stand the test of time.  The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success. 

To learn more about the Community Foundation and its services, go to or call us at 574-295-8761.

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