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
  • 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.

Past Recipients


  • Community Leadership Award: Lisa Daugherty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Lake County United Way
  • Economic Development Award: NewAllen Alliance
  • Education Award: Ivy Tech, Valparaiso Campus, Energy Technology Program
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: NICHES Land Trust
  • Public Safety Award: Lake Station Fire & Rescue


  • Community Leadership Award: Dr. Vanessa McCloud, President & CEO, Urban League of NWI
  • Economic Development Award: Denarie Kane, Director of Economic Development, City of Hobart
  • Education Award: Junior Achievement of Chicago/NWI and Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana
  • Environmental Stewardship Award: The Nature Conservancy of Indiana
  • Public Safety Award: Multi Agency Academic Cooperative Foundation (MAAC), Valparaiso, IN


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


  • 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

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