The Hancock County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the eight finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship:
- Dixie Fields and Leah Jacobs from Eastern Hancock High School
- Erin Kile and Kaylee Tutrow from Greenfield-Central High School
- Mark Alvarado and Brieann Staker from Mt. Vernon High School
- Abby Poole and Sarah Rominger 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 in April.