Our community mourned the loss of two young athletes.

So they gave…

Derek Padilla Scholarship Fund • Lucas Oberkiser Scholarship Fund
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The gifts of many generous people allow the Community Foundation to award grants to nonprofit organizations for charitable projects and programs that address today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.

These grants are focused on meeting the needs of the people in DeKalb County, Indiana. Grants are awarded based on the charitable objectives of the donors who established the funds.

Community Granting

The Community Foundation accepts proposals and awards grants from several funds through a competitive process. Applicants submit grant proposals through the secured “Community Granting” website and the foundation will consider funding from one or more of these funds.

While submissions are accepted at any time, grants are awarded quarterly. The grant committee reviews all submissions and makes a recommendation to the board of directors based upon funding availability and other grant criteria. Please plan accordingly to best fit your requested needs. 

Quarterly Grant Proposal Due Dates

– January 1

 – April 1

– July 1

– October 1

*Grant proposals submitted after the quarterly due dates will be considered for the following quarter

**Award recipients will be notified approximately 60 days after the quarterly deadlines 


Early Childhood Development Fund awards grants to enhance the quality of childcare programs and/or early childhood development programs.

Safe Child Fund supports programs that serve children who may be vulnerable due to abuse, disability or illness.

Wyatt Memorial Fund awards grants to four organizations named by the donors. The fund also makes grants to support other charitable work that benefits the residents of Garrett, Indiana.

Community Grantmaking Fund and Kenneth A. Boseker Memorial Fund award grants for a wide variety of charitable purposes.


Community Foundation DeKalb County awards scholarships each year
thanks to the generosity of donors who understand
that education is important for a rewarding and successful life.

We award about $150,000 from scholarship funds each year, making it possible to recognize the accomplishments of as many students as possible. Most Community Foundation scholarships support full-time undergraduate study toward a Bachelor’s degree for a current-year high school graduate. A limited number of scholarships are available for work toward an Associate or technical degree.

Scholarship Requirements

Community Foundation scholarships are highly competitive. Scholarship criteria vary based on a donor’s wishes, IRS regulations, stipulations of the Community Foundation as well as coordination with high school and post-high school educational institutions. Applicants may be scored on non-exclusive categories such as GPA, SAT and ACT scores, school courses, school activities, community service, financial need, work/internship/job shadowing experiences and an essay.

Community Foundation scholarship recipients are to limit use of their scholarship funds for IRS qualified educational expenses (i.e. only tuition, fees, and book costs).


Recipients may not “bank” scholarship funds for future use, or use beyond that which they were awarded. All applicant information is maintained confidential in order to protect their privacy. Content on this web-site is intended to be informational only; actual policy may be different.

Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors

This website contains application information and forms for scholarships available from several sources. Some of the scholarships are administered and awarded by the Community Foundation of DeKalb County; others are administered and awarded by other community organizations. Each scholarship is awarded based on criteria suggested by the donor or the community organization that sponsors the award. Scholarship application forms and procedures vary depending on the award’s donor or sponsor.

Community Foundation of DeKalb County Administered Scholarships

Click the button below to be directed to our scholarship program login page. The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 31. A wide range of scholarships are available for which you apply by submitting just one application.


DeKalb County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

This scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The recipient must begin her/his college career as a full time student in the fall of 2020. S/he may attend any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Current resident of DeKalb County
  • Graduate of a DeKalb County high school or Hamilton High School before the end of June 2020
  • Top 10% of her/his high school class
  • Involved in the community as a volunteer

The application requires an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number from the FAFSA worksheet.  Scholarship applications are evaluated using established areas of measurement.


Ready to apply? Click the button below to be directed to our scholarship program login page. The deadline to apply is September 2.

Independently Administered Scholarships

Local organizations offer scholarships with their own requirements and forms. Use the link below to see a current list.

Questa Scholars

Questa Scholars Program provides low-cost college loans of which up to 50% is forgiven you meet specific academic and residency requirements.

Scholarships for Current and Non-Traditional* College Students

*You are a non-traditional college student if you are beginning, or began, your college career in a year other than the year you graduated from high school or if you are returning to college after a break in continuous enrollment. Scholarship applications are evaluated using established areas of measurement. Judging criteria are shown in the following essay score rubric (see button below). Only a few of our scholarships require an interview. We will contact you if you are selected as a finalist for a scholarship that requires an interview.

DeKalb County Master Gardener Scholarship
Awarded by the DeKalb County Master Gardeners, this scholarship is a one-time award to either a graduating senior from any DeKalb County high school (DeKalb County, Indiana), graduating home-schooled senior, or a current college student that is studying plant sciences, landscape design, horticulture, or agriculture-related field at any college or university. Even though this is a non-renewable award, past recipients and college students meeting the criteria of this award may re-apply each year.
Scholarship Eligibility Policy

The DeKalb County Community Foundation maintains impartiality when awarding educational scholarships.  Foundation Employees and their Relatives, Scholarship Committee Members and their Relatives, Scholarship Reviewers and their Relatives and Foundation Volunteers and their Relatives are not eligible for scholarships provided by the Foundation during the year of service or employment and for an additional two years thereafter.  Violation of this policy shall be grounds for immediate dismissal or removal from the person’s position, voluntary or paid. 

Definition of Relatives for this policy: Spouse, lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, great grandchildren whether by whole or half blood, step-children, step-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren) and their spouses, brothers and sisters (whether by whole or half-blood) and their spouses, as well as ancestors. Other relatives (i.e. nephew, niece, etc.) not defined in this policy are eligible to receive scholarships provided by the foundation and shall not preclude service of Foundation Employees, Scholarship Committee Members, Scholarship Reviewers and Foundation Volunteers.

An exception to this policy is for the Relatives of Directors and Officers, so long as:

(1) They not serve on Scholarship Committee or as a Scholarship Reviewer; and,

(2) They recuse themselves from any vote to approve Scholarship Committee recommendations of Relatives of Directors and Officers, which recusal shall include exiting the room of any discussion related to Foundation scholarships; and,

(3) They in no way attempt to lobby, persuade, or influence any member of the Scholarship Committee, Staff, or Board of Directors in their decision-making process. 

By signing this form, the undersigned acknowledge understanding the terms contained herein and further confirm no known conflict on their part. 

Document Retention of Scholarship Applications
  • Scholarship applications for students who receive awards are filed electronically at the Community Foundation office and are retained for seven years after the scholarship is awarded.
  • Electronic copies of application files for students who do not receive awards are retained for three years after the year of application.
  • Paper copies of scholarship applications and score sheets completed by community foundation screening, selection, and interview committee members are returned to the foundation staff for destruction.


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