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Community Scholarship Fund

Improve Lives Through Education and Opportunity.

What is the Community Scholarship Fund?

As the cost of college continues to rise, so does the financial need of many students. This fund is comprised of gifts from many different donors, which have been combined to provide scholarships and financial assistance for students who: perform well academically, have overcome obstacles that create barriers to academic achievement, and demonstrate financial need. Students from every accredited high school in Allen County are eligible.

Key Benefits

  • Easy: The eligibility and selection process for the Community Scholarship Fund mirrors that of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Fund, making it relatively simple to administer and keeping administrative costs low. Donors can maximize the impact of their gift and achieve their charitable goals without the need to create a new fund.
  • Flexible: You can make a charitable gift to this fund at any time and with a variety of different asset types.
  • Efficient: We handle the administrative tasks of the fund and manage all of the details. Each year our scholarship manager and volunteer committee members coordinate the scholarship process in its entirety.
  • Community-Oriented: Each year the Community Foundation must turn down hundreds of well-qualified applicants. Every donation to the Community Scholarship Fund allows us to help more students reach their educational goals, improving the vitality of our community one student at a time.

CONSIDER THE COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP FUND IF YOU:

Want to support educational attainment and empower local youth to achieve their dreams.


Want to support our scholarship program but don’t want to open a named fund with an initial gift requirement of at least $25,000.


Trust the expertise of the Community Foundation to manage the details and administrative paperwork of the scholarship application and selection process.


Want to give back to the community to show appreciation for those who helped you when you were a student.

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Getting Started is Easy.

You can make a donation of any size to the Community Scholarship Fund right now via our donate now page. The Community Foundation will provide a 20% match for all gifts made to the Community Scholarship Fund up to $10,000 per year.

More questions? Just call Alison Gerardot at 260-969-3313 (or send an email) and we’ll be happy to help!

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You come to the Community Foundation with a unique vision and passionate reason for giving. Our passion is to make your charitable goals a reality.

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