Don Quijote Scholarship Fund

Helping students fulfill the dream with an experience that lasts a lifetime

Why Don Quijote Scholarship

The Don Quijote Scholarship Fund provides support to help students experience the world. Whether the trip school-sponsored or an individual study, the Fund helps to fulfill the student’s dream to immerse his or herself in another country; to learn about and truly experience the culture and people he or she previously only read about. The scholarship may be used for the expenses associated with the educational travel.

Helping students fulfill the dream with an experience that lasts a lifetime

Your Scholarship Starts Here… Just fill Out the App!

Scholarship applications are only available from the Porter County Community Foundation Students page (scroll to DQ Scholarship to apply).

All scholarship inquiries should be directed to: [email protected].


Each student applying for an educational scholarship from the Fund must:

  • Be a student enrolled and in good standing in high school at the time of application;
  • Be a resident of Porter County, Indiana;
  • Be accepted or approved to participate in a language/cultural enrichment travel program in a Spanish speaking country;
  • Have a C+ grade point average (equivalent to a 2.3 on a 4.0 GPA scale);
  • Be willing to share their experiences with members of the Board of the Don Quijote Spanish Education Fund upon returning from his/her trip and be willing to share a two minute video featuring trip highlights.

Selection Criteria

Each student must submit a completed application. Final selections will be determined by the Advisory Committee and approved by the Porter County Community Foundation. The applicant should demonstrate at a minimum the following:

  • An interest in the Spanish language and culture (such as participation in Spanish language activities, future education and/or career plans);
  • An explanation of the student’s need for financial assistance along with an itemization of the source(s) of funds to cover the cost over and above the amount of the scholarship.
spanish olive oil at Don Quijote

Eligible Expenditures

Educational scholarships awarded through this process may be used to support room, board, registration/tuition, and travel expenses.

Who We Help

The Don Quijote Scholarship Fund is a philanthropic effort comprised of community volunteers and board members. The Don Quijote Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to allow Porter County students to travel abroad to Spanish-speaking countries for the purpose of enriching their Spanish language skills and cultural appreciation.

Past Don Quijote Scholarship Recipients

  • Lauren Sensibaugh
  • Sydney Vorrier
  • Emily Weber-Brokke

Upcoming Events


Oakwood Gun Club – Sunday, September 15

Gourmet Dinner and Wine Pairing Extravaganza

Don Quijote Restaurante – November 3, 2019 at 4pm
Cocktails ~ Dinner ~ Variety of Wins
Enjoy an excellent selection of wine and Spanish cuisine. Participate in the auctions to support the Scholarship Fund.

Tickets will be available at the Restaurant and from Board members.

Don Quijote Scholarship Fund Donors

Ms. Rebecca Grochowski
Ms. Cheryl Allaway
Bill and Debbie Anderson
Mr. Stanley Arbuckle
Nick and Marcia Arnold
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bader
Mr. Jeff Blake
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Boxum
Mr. and Mrs. Sean Byvoets
Mr. Robert Carnagey
Mr. Paul Chael
Mr. Mark Chamberlain
Mr. Jeff Clymer
Greg and Carol Costakis
Mr. and Mrs. Jay Costas
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Cox
Dr. and Mrs. Luis Cuellar
Ms. Patricia Cummings
Mr. and Mrs. Tim Daly
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Dippo
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Drahota
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Duda
Mrs. Lisa Dyer
Mr. Thomas Edwards

Ms. Lee Ann Egan
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Elliott
Mrs. Janet El-Naggar
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Eveland
Dr. and Mrs. Enrico V. Frataccia
Ms. Mary Fridh
Damien and Rita Gabis
Ms. Luisa Garcia Verdugo
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Gerber
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Gerig
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Germann
Mrs. Cheryl Girman
Ms. Kathy Glade
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Gordon
Dr. and Mrs. David Guzek
Ms. Cindy J. Hall
Terry and Linda Hardin
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Harper
Mr. David Hernandez
Berkshire Hathaway
Ivy Tech Foundation
Ms. Elena Jambrina
Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Jeha
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Krieger

Keith and Diane Lawrence
Drs. Michael and Cindy Leland
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Lewis
Mr. Luis Lopez and Mrs. Katherina Farren-Lope
Ms. Marissela Villanueva Lynch
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Marben
Mr. and Mrs. Todd Martin
Stewart and Kathryn McMillan
James and Barbara Melton
Mr. Michael Moskalick
Mr. Matthew Mullins
Mr. and Mrs. Terrance Nallenweg
Mr. and Mrs. William Oeding
Family Express Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Peters
Ms. Darla Peterson Hernandez
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Phelps
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Pinkie
Mr. and Mrs. Anand Popli
Linda and Bob Popovich
Mr. and Mrs.. James Portelli
Mr. and Mrs. Hal E. Puffer
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Rasmussen
Mr. Nicholas Retson
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Rice

Don Quijote Restaurant
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Rivero
Dr. Jerry and Linda Rodenbarger
Grieger Motor Sales
Mr. and Mrs. David Rodgers
Mr. Ray Rusnak
Ms. Becky Sacopulos
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sandilla
Mr. and Mrs. John Scheibel
Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Schrage
Ms. Sharon Shepard
Mr. and Mrs. James Shook
Housing Opportunities, Inc.
Ivy Tech Community College
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Simon
Ed and Mary Soliday
Mr. and Mrs. John Sparks
Ms. Katelyn Spencer
Mrs. Donielle Spencer
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Swanson
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Szczepanski
Ms. Megan Telligman
Mr. Keith Thompson
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Tursman
Daniel and Joanne Urschel

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Van Laan
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Volk
Mr. James Wagner and Ms. Phyllis Cohen
Mr. Fredrick Wardell
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Waters
Ms. Eileen Wayte
Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Wingenroth

C & H Management Company
ID Plus Marketing
Steel City Home Improvement
Karma Cigar Bar LLC
Michael J. O’Brien, Attorney at Law
Rosenberg Daly & Associates
Harper and Harper, LLC
Blythe’s Athletics
Shoes Pizzeria INC
Natures Remedies LLC
Excel Nutrition LLC
Arbor View Animal Hospital