The Hancock County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the eight finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship:
- Jacob Brown and Hallie Wright from Eastern Hancock High School
- Grant Gellert and Clara Starkey from Greenfield-Central High School
- Matthew Paarlberg and Nicholas Swift from Mt. Vernon High School
- Claire Hornsby and Sarah Pearson from New Palestine High School
These finalists will continue the application process through an interview in February with the HCCF Lilly Selection Committee. Six finalists will receive a $1,000 scholarship from HCCF to attend any accredited Indiana college or university, and two finalists will receive the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
HCCF is privileged to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each year, HCCF applies for the opportunity to recommend two graduating students to Lilly Endowment for the full four-year tuition scholarship award. Should they accept the application, HCCF implements and supervises the process for selection.
Eligible applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their graduating class and plan to pursue a baccalaureate course of study, to be completed in four years, at any accredited Indiana public or private college or university. Student applications are submitted online and reviewed blindly (without name or contact information) by third party professional readers represented by experienced out-of-county, community foundation personnel. The third party selects eight finalists, two students from each Hancock County public high school, who best meet the scholarship criteria. Community service is the primary criterion for qualification. Financial need is not a consideration for the Lilly Scholarship.
The eight finalists are interviewed by a volunteer committee identified by HCCF, all of whom adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy. This committee has the very difficult task of selecting two students from the talented pool of eight finalists and submitting their recommendation to Lilly Endowment for approval. Pending approval, the awards are announced around the first of April.
HCCF works with caring individuals, families, and organizations 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 $9.3 million since its inception in 1992.