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Community Foundation Alliance Announces 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
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The Community Foundation Alliance has announced recipients of the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships in each of their nine county affiliates. The scholarships provide full-tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree.

The recipients in the nine counties served by the affiliate community foundations are:

  • Peyton Eaton, Daviess County
  • Mary Hall, Gibson County
  • Mykayla Couchenour, Knox County
  • Mallory Lynch, Perry County
  • Madison Warner, Pike County
  • Kenzi Paul, Posey County
  • Skylar Niles, Spencer County
  • Hannah Beaven and Hannah Gourley, Warrick County
  • Andrew Heldman, Brendan Notich, and Ethan Shopmeyer, Vanderburgh County

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

About the Community Foundation Alliance

The Community Foundation Alliance is comprised of affiliate Community Foundations serving 9 counties throughout southwestern Indiana. Each year, the affiliates collaborate with high schools throughout southwestern Indiana to nominate students for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award The Community Foundation Alliance holds more than 1,200 named funds established by individuals, families, businesses, civic groups, and agencies to improve the quality of life in their local communities, with charitable assets nearing $100 million. During fiscal year 2017, grants and scholarships awarded from all Alliance funds to benefit the programs, projects, and people in the 9 affiliate counties totaled nearly $2,366,000. Through the establishment of endowed funds created by caring donors to benefit community causes, Alliance affiliates work to improve the quality of life in their counties by distributing a portion of funds’ earnings to local non-profit organizations, in the form of annual scholarships and grants.

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