Scholarships

We help local students achieve their dreams.

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has more than 60 scholarship funds, awarding close to a million dollars to local students each year. These scholarships assist low-income students, encourage children of employees to pursue their dreams, train medical professionals, teachers, and engineers, and more. We’ve distributed more than $12 million in scholarships so far.

By applying for any of our flagship scholarships, students may be eligible for additional scholarship awards. Deadlines for scholarships vary; most are March 1. The deadline for the Lilly Community Endowment Scholarship is Sept. 15. Here’s the link to start the application process:

Online Application

Our flagship scholarships include:

Charles Martin "Touch a Life" Scholarship

This $5,000 opportunity is for African-American students in St. Joseph County, and includes a $2,500 paid summer internship.

Laidig Community Service Scholarship

This $5,000 opportunity is for students in St. Joseph County, and includes a $2,500 paid summer internship with a local nonprofit.

Lilly Community Endowment Scholarship

This scholarship, administered on behalf of Lilly Endowment Inc., provides full tuition to any accredited Indiana college or university.

For Students

Below, you’ll find a list of our scholarships, grouped by common aspects of eligibility. Scholarships can be used for tuition, required academic fees, and books.  Scholarship payments for room and board are taxable to the recipient. Click here to access the IRS website for additional information.

Use our Getting Ready for College page: a list of links and tips to help students and parents navigate the college application and financial aid process.

Want to stay up-to-date on scholarship opportunities? Contact our Scholarships staff and ask to be added to our Scholarships mailing list.

St. Joseph County high school seniors wanting to apply for the Anita F. Boorda Scholarship for the Performing Arts, Lilly Community Endowment Scholarship, Laidig Community Service Scholarship and/or the Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship can apply for these through our online scholarship application system found here. Please be sure to read guidelines and submit all necessary materials for each scholarship you apply for. Please also be aware of deadlines: They vary. Applying for the Lilly, Laidig Community Service or Charles Martin scholarships may also make you eligible for other Community Foundation scholarships.

Anita F. Boorda Scholarship for the Performing Arts

Charles Martin “Touch a Life” Scholarship

Laidig Community Service Scholarship

Lilly Community Endowment Scholarship

These scholarships are established by corporations and administered by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County to create educational opportunities for their employee’s children. The following list is provided as a reference. If you would like further information about any of the programs, please email our scholarship staff, or call 574-232-0041.

  • 1st Source Scholarship Fund
  • Big C Lumber Scholarship
  • Laidig Scholarship
  • Robert O. Neeser/Cassady, Neeser & Brasseur Scholarship

8th graders/Incoming Freshman

Sophomores (for support in their Junior and Senior years)

Graduating Seniors

For Donors

Invest in deserving local students: Donate to an existing scholarship fund or create a new scholarship fund. If you currently have a scholarship fund with us, you’ll find all the details about it here:
Alphabetical List of Scholarship Funds

P.O. Box 837, South Bend, IN 46624 | 205 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 610, South Bend, IN 46601 | Phone: (574) 232-0041 | Fax: (574) 233-1906

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