Supporting local scholars to make Marshall County a better place to live, work, and play

The Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) awarded 392 scholarships in the 2023-2024 school year, paying out $497,214.37 in scholarships.

“For many of our donors, there is no greater joy than knowing local students will have the ability to continue their education and create a better opportunity to thrive—and that builds a better and brighter future for our communities too,” said Linda Yoder, MCCF Executive Director.

Marshall County Community Foundation Grant Applications Due Wednesday, February 1

The Marshall County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the first of two 2023 Community Funds grant rounds and the Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Fund. Applications for the Spring 2023 grant round are due on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Application questions may be found on the MCCF website ( in preparation for an online submission; please note the application link will be activated on January 2, 2023, to a new online application form.

Marshall County Community Foundation Announces 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

The Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Marshall County is Caleb Cullers of Bremen Public Schools. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.

“Caleb’s academic performance was exceptional, and his volunteerism and community involvement were substantial. Caleb received several awards and recognitions throughout his high school career,” said Beth Styers, MCCF Scholarship Committee Chair. “Caleb was a very active contributor to his community during high school.” Caleb is the son of David and Kathy Cullers. Caleb plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business finance.


The Marshall County Community Foundation (MCCF) announced the Fall 2022 grant awards from Community Funds totaling $98,832.

Twice each year, nonprofit organizations are invited to submit funding requests for projects that improve the quality of life in Marshall County. MCCF Grants Committee members evaluate the proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process. The Fall 2022 grant awards will fund a wide variety of projects and programs.


The Marshall County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the second of two 2022 Community Funds grant rounds. Applications for the Fall 2022 grant round are due on Monday, August 1, 2022, and the application may be found on the MCCF website (

These grants support specific projects or programs throughout Marshall County typically focusing on the arts, education, health and human services, recreation, and the environment. Community members who serve on MCCF’s Grants Committee evaluate the grant proposals and conduct site visits during a competitive application process.

Leadership Marshall County Graduates Class XXVII

Leadership Marshall County (LMC), a joint program between the Marshall County Community Foundation and the United Way of Marshall County, held a graduation for the participants of Class XXVII on May 11, 2022, at the Marshall County Philanthropy Center. 

LMC is a nine-month program that takes place September through May dedicated to cultivating today’s leaders to serve tomorrow’s community by building a solid foundation of informed, action-oriented employees and citizens. LMC cultivates emerging and existing leaders, building skills in participants to be a value-add to their organizations and the community.

Keeping the Maxinkuckee Dream Alive

In the spring of 2021, a grant from the Ralph C. Vonnegut Jr. Fund was awarded to the Lake Maxinkuckee Environmental Fund to purchase equipment for water sampling and monitoring. 

The high-quality equipment means the LMEF can monitor nutrient loading from three main tributaries and additional smaller ones into Lake Maxinkuckee, measuring more frequently and at more sites than previously. If something concerning is found, the results are taken to a lab for further study and possible action.  

The Power of Scholarships

When asked about her new role as the Principal for LaVille Elementary, Hope Amor shared, “This is exactly what I want to do, and exactly where I want to be.” Amor is coming home to teach and lead in Marshall County after receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in 2011 to study at DePauw University.

Hope Jordan Amor is a proud graduate of Bremen High School. After completing her studies at DePauw, she went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Marian University and a Masters in Education Administration at Butler University. Along the way, Amor discovered her heart and passion was in elementary education.

All of that education began with the promise of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship administered by the Foundation.

Growing the Mission

“We’re here to make people’s lives better. I love what I do and the clients I get to spend my days with. They’re incredible people. We are lucky to have them as members of our community.” 

Looking to the Future to Share the Past

At the Marshall County Community Foundation, we understand how important it is to share and preserve the rich history of our county. That is why we supported the Marshall County Historical Society & Museum in the fall 2021 Community Fund grant round with funding to improve their audio-visual systems. The grant award was $8,927.

"This grant has improved the quality of our programming by making possible much brighter, clearer visual images, and crisper, more evenly distributed sound", said former museum Executive Director Linda Rippy. "Presenters using the new system will benefit too, as their carefully crafted PowerPoint presentations or videos can be displayed to greatest advantage. The new system is easy to use and does not necessarily require a staff person to operate it. In addition, it takes up less space since a projector and cart no longer need to extend out into the room."