Carolyn Saxton

Carolyn Saxton

During this season of change, our soon-to-be graduating seniors are making decisions about their futures.

For some, college has always been in the plans and money has been set aside to pay for tuition. For others, college is a dream to which they hope to aspire, but they worry about the cost and how that dream can actually happen. Legacy Foundation offers Lake County graduating seniors an opportunity to meet their aspirations regardless of their financial circumstances.

Over the past year, Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, has provided nearly $430,000 in scholarships for 128 worthy students from our 28 county high schools. Of this amount $211,000 was awarded in new scholarships for graduating seniors and $218,000 was earmarked as renewable support for previously selected students continuing their education.

To ensure we reach out to those who might need assistance navigating the college preparation process, Legacy provides additional dollars for college readiness programs at the Gary Life Education Initiative and through METAS for Latino/Latina students in East Chicago.

Legacy Foundation administers the Lilly Endowment scholarship program for Lake County students. Lilly Endowment provides six Lake County students with four years of in-state (public or private) college tuition and a stipend for book purchases.

Through these opportunities and outreach programs, Legacy is helping our localyoung people reach their educational goals.

But Legacy is not doing this alone. Thanks go to Legacy’s donors who establish these scholarship funds as a way to encourage educational success. Each Legacy scholarship has specific criteria which cover the gamut from students interested in the arts to those seeking a law or medical degree.

Donors who have established scholarship funds at Legacy generally do so as a memorial or in honor of a loved one. We engage in conversation with our donors to explore what they hope to accomplish and the specifics as to the type of studentstudy their scholarships will support. Legacy and our donors are partners in this effort.

In October, we established the O’Shea Patrick McCarthy Scholarship Fund in memory of Shea who was tragically killed in a car crash a year ago. Shea had been enrolled in Purdue University’s Earth & Atmosphere science program but also was very musically talented. This scholarship established by his mother will honor his memory by supporting students whose educational plans closely mirror Shea’s personal talent and educational pursuits.

Due to its arts focus, graduating seniors (or those who have previously graduated) who have been presented with the Indiana Regional Youth Art Award are encouraged to apply.Because this is a permanent endowed fund, Shea’s memory and his interests will be kept alive through an annual scholarship presented in his name each year.

Scholarships provide students with hope for a better future. Legacy Foundation will work with you to design a scholarship program that will meet your charitable goals and provide the recipients with a lifelong opportunity for success.

Access scholarship applications at www.legacyfdn.org or contact csaxton@legacyfdn.org to discuss your interest in establishing a Legacy scholarship.

Carolyn Saxton is president of Legacy Foundation. The opinions are the writer’s.

0
0
0
0
0

Porter/LaPorte County Editor

Porter/LaPorte Editor Doug Ross, an award-winning writer, has been covering Northwest Indiana for more than 35 years, including more than a quarter of a century at The Times.