Christopher Sosnowski and Jordyn Bever have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Hancock County Community Foundation 2012 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Chris and Jordyn will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of their choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Chris Sosnowski, a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, is the son of John and Amy Sosnowski. Chris has made a tremendous impact in his community and on the individuals affected by his service activities. Chris initiated a new spin to the Gleaner’s BackSacks program at a local elementary school by applying and receiving a Youth As Resources grant for basic toiletry items, which he gathers and distributes along with the BackSacks every week. He has also been very involved and shown leadership within the community through the G-CHS Student Leadership Academy, DARE Role Model program, the Food Pantry, and Eagle Scouts. Chris founded and leads G-C Rage, which is a spirit club that aims to raise school spirit and pride. Additionally, Chris participates and holds leadership positions in a variety of activities, such as Student Council, Senior Class Council, track and field, Fellowship of Christian athletes, and National Honor Society. Chris’s creativity and passion for his service prove to be great attributes for his desired career in entrepreneurship. Chris plans to attend either Valparaiso University or Purdue University this fall.
Jordyn Bever, also a senior at Greenfield-Central High School, is the daughter of Jim and Teresa Bever. Jordyn is extremely involved in a wide variety of community service activities, such as Destiny Special Needs Color Guard, UW Youth As Resources, Edelweiss Therapy Center, various 4-H activities, VOICE, FUSE, Hancock County Children’s Theatre, and various school service projects. Jordyn excels in her leadership in extracurricular activities and she is an active member of Student Council, band, choir, drama club, Church Youth Group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, among many others. Jordyn also participates on the Executive Council for VOICE and spent many hours in New Your City, participating in a rally as part of a campaign against tobacco use in movies rated G and PG. She is very passionate about Destiny, which is a Special Needs Color Guard that Jordyn started and now directs completely on her own. Through Destiny, Jordyn gives students with disabilities an opportunity they otherwise would not have. This experience provides Jordyn with an introduction to her desired career in pediatric physical therapy. Jordyn plans to attend the University of Indianapolis this fall.
After the announcement of the scholarship, Chris exclaimed, “I’m really thankful for this opportunity.” Jordyn reflected on the individuals who have helped her along the way, “I thank my parents and every staff member, not just at the high school but also in elementary school, for preparing me and supporting me in everything I had to do to get here.”
The scholarship covers eight semesters of undergraduate study at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana for the purpose of obtaining a baccalaureate degree. Since its inception in 1998, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has provided scholarships to 33 Hancock County residents.
The Hancock County Community Foundation selection committee had the very difficult task of selecting the two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship nominees from an outstanding group of eight students (two finalists from each county school.) Once the local committee completed their evaluation of the candidates, the Community Foundation submitted the two recommended recipients and an alternate to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The six remaining finalists, who will each receive a $1,000.00 scholarship from the Hancock County Community Foundation to attend any accredited Indiana college or university, are:
Hannah Boaz, Eastern Hancock High School;
Carolyn Warburton, Easter Hancock High School;
Elizabeth Coomer, Mt. Vernon High School;
Madeline Rhinesmith, Mt. Vernon High School;
Jennifer Niehoff, New Palestine High School; and
Lauren Tieman, New Palestine High School.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. Jordyn and Chris will receive two of the 142 scholarships awarded statewide in 2012. “The Foundation recognizes the great privilege we have been given in the administration of Lilly Endowment’s incredible generosity. Each year, we evaluate our scholarship selection process and sharpen the skills of our school and Foundation selection committees to ensure the highest level of integrity and due diligence required in carrying out this awesome responsibility,” says Mary Gibble, Hancock County Community Foundation President.
HCCF celebrates 20 years of working with caring individuals, families, and organizations this year! Our mission is to create or grow existing permanent funds called endowments. These funds generate income that is distributed in the form of grants and scholarships to enrich and enhance life in Hancock County, as well as support the donor’s favorite charitable causes, both at home and afar forever. HCCF has granted over $8 million since its inception in 1992.