Through the generosity of many donors, the Porter County Community Foundation continues to make a difference in the lives of young people by awarding scholarships to ease the financial burden for post-secondary education.

Since 1998, the Foundation has awarded 356 scholarships to deserving students throughout Porter County.

The Foundation awards scholarships throughout Porter County. Criteria may include financial need, academic accomplishment, ability to communicate, motivation/desire to succeed, activities/leadership, and capacity to succeed. Students may also be asked to provide letters of recommendation and a short essay. To apply or learn more about the criteria, talk with your high school guidance counselor.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided scholarships that provide full tuition and fees to any college or university in the state of Indiana including $900 each year for books since 1998. The continuation of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program is decided on an annual basis. 

Applications are available in the high school Guidance Office in August of each year.

2017 Awardees

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Alaynah Chatman – Portage High School

Robert Walker – Washington Township High School

Abigail Koster – Chesterton High School

Lilly Endowment Scholars 2018

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Porter County Community Foundation Scholarships

Understanding the importance of education, the Porter County Community Foundation provides scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 for Porter County students each year. These scholarships are awarded in conjunction with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application process as well as through the Porter County Career & Technical Education Center.

Porter County Health Occupational Scholarship

The Porter County Health Occupations Scholarship is open to students who are in good standing at an Indiana accredited public or private college, university, or technical school. The student applying must be enrolled in a health-related field of study. Eligibility requirements, further instructions, and application deadline can be found on the scholarship application below.


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Additional Scholarship Resources

Where to find additional local scholarships:

High School Guidance Counselor: many local scholarships distribute applications through high school Guidance Offices or Career Centers. Check with your high school guidance counselor to see if any scholarships are available.

Fastweb: the leading online resource for finding scholarships. Fastweb can assist you in searching a vast database of scholarships.

FAFSA: Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to be considered for federal and state student aid. Application becomes available January 1 and should be filled out no later than March 10 for Indiana students to be considered for state-based aid in Indiana.


For more information about scholarships, please contact:

Brenda Sheetz, Vice President