INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Ivy Tech Foundation recently recognized 19 Benefactor Award winners at its Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony last week.

During this event, the Foundation honors individuals, corporations, and foundations from Indiana who have considerably impacted Ivy Tech communities and students. The award celebrates the gifts and volunteer service that has been contributed to the College.

“Our Benefactors make a powerful difference in the lives of our students,” said Courtney Roberts, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation. “Their contributions ensure that our graduates are better prepared for life after college, and we are deeply grateful for their investment in Ivy Tech.”

“The passion our Benefactors have for Ivy Tech students is unmatched,” said Dr. Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College. “Thanks to their generosity and volunteerism, our students can confidently pursue pathways that lead to high wage, high-demand careers that strengthen our communities and power the State of Indiana.”

The following benefactors received an award for 2022:

Anderson: Patricia Toombs

Bloomington: Lynn Coyne

Columbus: Anthony Moravec

Evansville: William “Bill” Shinn

Fort Wayne: Merland Beyler and Janet Geib

Hamilton County: Hamilton County Community Foundation

Indianapolis: Indy Achieves/City of Indianapolis

Kokomo: The Hingst Family

Lafayette: North Central Health Services, Inc.

Lake County/Valparaiso: Peoples Bank – A Finward Company

Lawrenceburg: Ohio County Community Foundation

Madison: Grote Industries Inc.

Marion: Dr. John M. Lightle

Muncie: Magna Powertrain of America Inc.

Richmond: Gerald “Gerry” Gerard

Sellersburg: Baptist Health Systems

South Bend: Beacon Health System

Terre Haute: John Adkins

For more information, photos, and biographies for each recipient, visit

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. Invest IN Ivy Tech, a $285 million statewide fundraising campaign, provides greater opportunity for each of the College’s 19 campuses to educate, train, and support all 92 of Indiana’s counties. Learn more at

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.