NIPSCO Luminary Awards

Introduced in 2012, in celebration of NIPSCO's 100-year anniversary, the Luminary Awards were created to honor leaders and organizations for their outstanding commitment to strengthening local communities.

These individuals or groups have demonstrated outstanding commitment in five key areas: Community Leadership, Education, Environmental Stewardship, Economic Development and Public Safety.

In addition to recognizing the winners for being a positive force in our communities, NIPSCO will make a $1,000 contribution to each winner’s charity of choice.

Winners of the 2017 NIPSCO Luminary Awards

  • Community Leadership Awards: Senator Earline Rogers and Senator Jim Arnold
  • Education Award: Dunes Learning Center, Chesterton IN
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: Acres Land Trust, Huntertown IN
  • Economic Development Award: Bill Hanna, NW Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA)
  • Public Safety Award: NIISSA (NW Indiana Information Security Sharing Alliance)


Past Recipients of the NIPSCO Luminary Awards


  • Community Leadership Award: Barb Young, President and CEO Porter County Community Foundation
  • Economic Development Award: Jim Staton, Regional Director Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
  • Education Award: Chancellor Thomas Keon, Purdue University Northwest
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: Shirley Heinze Land Trust


  • Community Leadership Award: Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, City of Gary
  • Education Award: Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: Porter County Career and Technical Center
  • Economic Development Award: Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership
  • Public Safety: Tri-Town Safety Village


  • Community Leadership: Mayor Jon Costas, City of Valparaiso
  • Education: Michigan City Area Schools
  • Environmental Stewardship:South Shore Clean Cities
  • Economic Development: John Davies, Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana
  • Public Safety: The City of Kokomo's Emergency Response Team


  • Community Leadership: William Nangle, The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Education: Linda Woloshansky, The Center of Workforce Innovations
  • Environmental Stewardship:Goshen College
  • Economic Development: Holladay Properties
  • Public Safety: Michigan City Police and Fire Departments


  • Community Leadership: Rep. Chester Dobis
  • Education: Chancellor James Dworkin, Purdue University North Central
  • Environmental Stewardship: Mayor Keith Solderquist, City of Lake Station
  • Public Safety: Howard Buchanon, South Bend Fire Department