For twenty-five years, the Legacy Foundation has been committed to serving the Lake County community. Ever since they have opened their doors in 1992, individuals and organizations within the region have been awarded over $40 million in scholarship and grant funds.
This year’s 2018 Legacy Foundation Scholarship Awards Dinner took place on Monday night at the Croatian Center Banquet Hall and was a night of celebration and recognition of 44 local high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.
“It’s important that we congratulate tonight’s recipients for all of their hard work and dedication to their community, but most importantly we must congratulate you, the parents and family,” said Carolyn Saxton, Legacy Foundation President. “You have all raised well-rounded young adults that have an impact on their community.”
While the banquet hall’s enormous chandelier shone over the event’s star scholars, families, and scholarship representatives, the room was filled with laughter, chatter, and smiles as the attendees got acquainted over dinner and desserts before the ceremony began.
Jodi Kateiva, the Legacy Foundation’s Scholarship Administrator, spearheaded the evening's festivities.
“This year we received over 700 applications; 225 of that were applications for our Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Kateva. “Our recipients of the evening were awarded scholarships from over 120 scholarships totaling over $1 million.”
Six graduating high school students hailing from Morton High School, Griffith High School, Bishop Noll Institute, Munster High School, Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, and Hobart High School received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The award totaling $624,112 provides full tuition scholarships, for four years, to any college or university in Indiana.
Legacy Foundation Director of Marketing and Communications, Erica Fizer, initiated the receiving of scholarship awards up to $5,000. Kelly Anoe, the Vice President of the Legacy Foundation followed suit with scholarship awards $5,000 and above. Local banks such as Centier and Peoples Bank awarded $8,000 and $2,500, respectively.
“It’s really important for us to be able to have a chance to work closely with the High Schools in Lake and Porter County,” said Anoe. “We’re giving this generation of leaders a chance to excel and contribute to the region. We have past scholarship recipients to thank for coming back to speak with the recipients and share their success stories. It’s a great way to pass the torch of leadership and community commitment.
According to Kateiva, over 50 volunteers that included past Legacy Foundation recipients dedicated their time and efforts to review all of the incoming applications.
For more information on the night’s winners and for the 2019 Legacy Foundation scholarship initiative, visit their website at http://www.legacyfdn.org/