The James W. and Betty Dye Foundation recently awarded 72 new Jim and Betty Dye Scholarships to graduating seniors from Lake, Porter, Newton, and Jasper county high schools. Worth from $4,000 to $28,000, the scholarships can be applied at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue University West Lafayette, Purdue University Calumet, IUPUI or Ball State University.
Jim Dye and his late wife, Betty, established the foundation in 1993 due to their strong interest in the economic welfare of Northwest Indiana and their belief a better-educated populace improved the welfare of all region residents.
The Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship Program was originally implemented at Griffith High School, and in the past 20 years has awarded 350 scholarships and expanded to include all schools in Lake and Newton counties, with Porter and Jasper counties added just this year.
Annually, the foundation hosts a Scholarship Dinner inviting all current and past recipients.
“The dinner is amazing,” Executive Director Carin Calvin-Olah said. “It is so rewarding to watch our recipients grow from high school students to university students to confident individuals with successful careers and families. It is also quite satisfying to see these busy recipients continue to return each year.”
“Specifically, former recipient Angela Mattozzi epitomizes the essence of why my Mom and Dad created their foundation,” said board member James R. Dye. “Angie was awarded our scholarship at Griffith High School in 1998, graduated from IUN, went on to Valparaiso Law School, currently works as a Lake County deputy prosecutor, and joined the foundation’s 10-member Scholarship Selection Committee last year. Angela is now on the other side, helping others achieve in Northwest Indiana.”
The Foundation also awards NWI Non-Traditional Student Scholarships worth one-half tuition for currently enrolled students at Indiana University Northwest or Purdue University Calumet.
“With simple eligibility requirements and the number of non-traditional students enrolled at these campuses, we expect numerous applicants each semester,” Calvin-Olah said.
In addition, the foundation sponsors the James W. Dye Entrepreneurial Scholarships at Indiana University and Ball State University.
“One of the greatest means of creating jobs and increasing employment is the establishment of new businesses. There is no better way to accomplish that than from entrepreneurs,” founder James W. Dye said.
For more information about the Jim and Betty Dye Scholarship Programs, visit www.jimandbettydyscholarships.org or call (219) 836-1100.