Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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We help deserving students achieve their dreams.

The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has more than 60 scholarship funds which award hundreds of thousands of dollars to local students each year. The scholarships were established for a variety of reasons—to assist low-income students, encourage children of employees to pursue their dreams, or train medical professionals, teachers, and engineers. On a more somber note, many were established in memory of lost loved ones, turning grief into tribute and helping students achieve their goals in the process. The Community Foundation has distributed more than $14 million in scholarships since its inception.

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For Donors

Invest in deserving 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 in our Scholarship Funds listing.

For Students

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.

Below, you'll find a list of the Community Foundation's scholarships, grouped by common aspects of eligibilty.  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.

All High School Seniors (Check Eligibility)

St. Joseph County high school seniors wanting to apply for the 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.

Corporate Sponsored Scholarship Programs

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 Emily Slatt, Program Officer ( or call 574-232-0041.

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