The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County celebrates four students awarded the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This highly competitive award provides recipients with four-year, full-tuition scholarships and a book stipend for the Indiana college or university of their choice.
The scholarship has been offered to Victor Gomez, Marian High School; Joseph Henning, New Prairie High School; Emily Morales Liddiard, Penn High School; and Abigail Meckstroth, Penn High School. With the earlier deadline again this year, students will be making their college decisions in the next few months.
Awards are based on academic excellence, leadership, community service, employment history, written essays, personal recommendations, financial need, under-representation, and whether the student is the first generation of her/his family to attend college. The Community Foundation received 144 applications from 14 schools. Finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana for final selection.
The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, not-for-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.
Since 1992, the Community Foundation has been connecting people who care with causes that matter. A nonprofit philanthropic endowment, the Community Foundation serves the people of St. Joseph County through initiatives and grant-making in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, youth and education, community and economic development, and parks and recreation.