The Indiana Society of Chicago created an educational foundation in 1997 to address a real need for students and families facing escalating college costs. As part of our research, we learned that scholarship awards tend to be front-end loaded — granted to incoming freshmen at fixed amounts. We were also reminded that unforeseen expenses often occur later in the college experience, as financial wherewithal may well lessen.
So, in response to this need, we carved out an award niche in providing scholarships to Chicago area men and women entering their junior year at the Indiana college or university recognized at our Annual Dinner. The school itself selects student recipients based on its criteria for achievement and financial need.
Generous contributions from Society members have allowed for multiple $3500 -$5000 scholarships to be awarded each year.
Response to the scholarship awards — from students, schools, and Indiana Society of Chicago members alike — has been very enthusiastic. It has been a gratifying experience for all of us.
Recent Scholarship Recipients
Indiana’s Public Universities
- Indiana University Foundation
- Indiana State University Foundation
- USI Foundation
- Purdue Foundation
- VU Foundation
- Ball State University Foundation
- Ivy Tech Foundation
Indianapolis Public Schools via Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Seizing an exciting opportunity, the Indiana Society of Chicago commissioned a painting in the promotional poster-art series, a combined effort by the South Shore Railroad and numerous Northwest Indiana businesses, under the auspices of the Northwest Indiana Forum. This painting, by noted artist and Indiana Society of Chicago member, Mitchell Markovitz, uniquely depicts our world-famous skyline towering above Lake Michigan as viewed from the shores of Hammond, Indiana. Poster reprints are available for purchase by members and collectors alike. Most importantly, all proceeds from the sale of these poster reprints are directed to the Society’s Scholarship Foundation.
Make a Donation to the Scholarship Fund
Join us in increasing our capability to truly make a positive difference in the lives of our deserving Hoosier students and families. The Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, qualified as a charitable organization for income tax purposes. All donations are tax deductible.