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Trey Nixon’s scholarship and the choices it gave him have provided him opportunities and shaped his future in aerospace engineering.
“Ever since I was young, I had a passion for taking things apart, analyzing them, and putting them back together, just to understand how they worked and maybe even make them better! I became passionate about engineering and the opportunity to advance my skills and abilities to make things better every day. When I was awarded the Lilly Scholarship, I decided to attend Indiana State University (ISU) and instead of being overwhelmed by the debt of student loans or needing to find work to pay for school, the Lilly Scholarship enabled me to focus on my education and get involved in activities on the campus. It inspired me to grow in areas of leadership and communication as part of the Black Student Union and in co-establishing a chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers at ISU.”
“As an undergraduate engineering student at ISU, I wanted to work in the field of Aerospace Engineering, but I thought that I would be forced to move out of state after graduation to begin my career in that field. I’m a Lilly Scholar, though, and taking to heart the purpose of that scholarship, I wanted to give back to the state of Indiana and worked hard to find my path in-state. I can proudly say that I was accepted to the University Relations Program at Honeywell, Inc. in South Bend, Indiana.”
“Winning the Lilly Scholarship played a significant role in shaping me into who I am today. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology and a minor in Advanced Manufacturing Management in May 2015. I am now a Manufacturing Engineer II at Honeywell Inc., in South Bend, a part of their Aerospace Division. I have been a part of Honeywell and a resident of Mishawaka, Indiana, for almost 4 years. I work directly in the Carbon Maintenance Department, where I utilize my leadership and problem-solving skills to not only repair equipment issues but also to improve equipment function, which helps to avoid problem reoccurrences, improving process capability. Outside of work, I stay involved in the Michiana community through my church, Christian Life Center, also located in South Bend.”
In spring of 2019, the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana awarded over 100 scholarships worth a combined value of over $450,000.

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Horseshoe Foundation Awards Grants

THE HORSESHOE FOUNDATION of Floyd County awarded $397,566 in grants to 27 community organizations on June 28. The celebration was held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 East Spring St. in New Albany

Grant recipients include: $17,192 to Actors Theatre of Louisville; $10,000 to American Red Cross – Western Kentucky Chapter; $10,000 to Camp Quality Kentuckianal $4,088 to Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation; $24,216 to Center for Lay Ministries; $8,000 to Commonwealth Theatre Center; $10,000 to Family Ark, Inc.; $19,675 to Floyd County Token Club; $10,000 to Floyds Knobs Community Club; $15,000 to Friends of the Town Clock Church; $25,000 to Fund for the Arts; $5,000 to Georgetown Elementary School;

$8,720 to Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana; $5,000 to Hazelwood Middle School; $8,100 to IUS School of Business; $10,000 to Ivy Tech Foundation; $24,711 to LifeSpan Resources, Inc.; $20,000 to Louisville Urban League; $25,000 to Maker Mobile Inc.; $25,000 to New Albany- Floyd County Education Foundation; $17,000 to New Roots, Inc.; $15,000 to Scribner Middle School; $11,114 to St. Mary of the Knobs Catholic School; $25,000 to St. Vincent de Paul of OLPH; $12,500 to StageOne Family Theatres; and $17,250 to Volunteers of America Mid-States.

Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County was established in 1999 to provide resources to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies for the benefit of residents in Floyd County. Since 1999, the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County has awarded $44 million to benefit the citizens of Floyd County.

Learn more about the foundation at horseshoefoundation.org.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-1-57-16-am

Serving With ‘Charity and Kindness’

screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-05-amTri Kappa Inc. Has Benefited Indiana Community Since 1901


TAMMY PERSINGER, now a retired teacher and real estate agent, kept hearing women at work talking about Tri Kappa. “What is that?” she asked. “How can people get involved?”

One day, Persinger received an invitation in the mail to go to a meeting where she could learn more about this mysterious organization. She’s been a member for eight years now and loves it.

Tri Kappa is a philanthropic sorority for women in Indiana, with 247 chapters all over the state. It’s not like a traditional sorority in which you join as a college student, but you do have to pledge and be initiated, similar to other women’s groups. “You approach someone who is already a member and get information about it,” Persinger said. “We really look for people that have that giving spirit.”

Persinger is a member of the Floyd County chapter of Kappa, Kappa, Kappa Inc., along with Kerry Nicolas, a real estate agent who has been a member for 25 years.

“I like it because we’re giving back to the community, and it’s strictly philanthropic,” Nicolas said. “So, all we do is have fundraisers to give back.”

Tri Kappa was founded by some young college women in Indianapolis in 1901. They decided their organization’s purpose would be “charity and kindness,” which the organization still follows today. When the ladies dispersed to their homes after college, they formed chapters, which helped the organization spread throughout the state.screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-11-29-13-am

Today, the organization works to raise money for charity, culture and education. At the end of each fiscal year, they dole out funds for scholarships and grants to other non-profit organizations. The Floyd County chapter gives out about $5,000 a year in scholarships and about $5,000 to $6,000 a year in grants to charities and arts organizations. Last year, they were able to give grants to every group that requested funds, Persinger said. The group also helps support Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, and they have made blankets and “puppy pillows” for kids as they come out of surgery.

Tri Kappa raise money through various events throughout the year, including their annual gala in February, as well as selling macaroni and cheese at Harvest Homecoming. They also do service projects that don’t involve raising money, such as painting swingsets at a park and giving the residents of a retirement community a “spa day” complete with shoulder massages and nail painting.



The women also enjoy the sisterhood that comes alongside the philanthropy. “We have people from all different backgrounds, all different races, all different cultures, all different religions and occupations,” Persinger said. We’re a very diverse group of women. It’s just been interesting to get to meet everybody and get to network with them. We just get together and have fun, and in having fun, we make money to give back to the community.”

For more information, visit trikappa.org.


screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-05-48-pmThe Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) has made a meaningful difference in the community since 1991 and 2017 was no different.

The vision of CFSI is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in the community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations. By focusing on three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships and personal philanthropy – the organization is able to address needs and make lasting impacts.

Among the highlights over the past year: CFSI fundholders granted more than $4.4 million last year; that funding to area nonprofits helped those organizations serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties. In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000.

To learn more about Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – including how you can help – please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish their vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman

Vice Chair: Bill White

Treasurer: Adam Naville

Secretary: David Hussung

Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

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Bette Bennett Hammond Memorial Scholarship Recipient and Fulbright Research Grant recipient studying in Geneva, Switzerland.lab-photo