Ten high school seniors recognized as finalists for Monroe County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships: Monroe County’s two scholarship recipients to be announced in December
The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) has announced that ten high school seniors have been selected as finalists for the 2023 Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Congratulations to these exceptional students:
Among their many accomplishments, this year’s Monroe County Lilly Scholarship finalists have participated and held leadership roles in more than 30 school clubs and organizations, including Student Councils, Academic Super Bowl, Athletic Boards, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad, Model UN, Investment Club, Women Empowerment Club, Environmental Club, Diversity Club, and many more.
They have all been active in a variety of sports, including volleyball, softball, cross country, track and field, tennis, swimming, intramural basketball, rock climbing, taekwondo, and ultimate frisbee. In the fine arts, they have collectively pursued writing, drawing, painting, stained glass, ceramics, band, orchestra, choir, and theater.
As engaged community members, this year’s finalists have demonstrated service to the community as mentors, tutors, camp counselors, caregivers, volunteers, activists, advocates, and fundraisers. Among the many local nonprofits that their service has impacted are local churches, retirement centers, Habitat for Humanity, Monroe County Public Library, Community Kitchen, Bloomington Animal Shelter, WonderLab, Beacon, Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Monroe County United Ministries, YMCA, Hilltop Garden, Down Syndrome Family Connection, My Sisters Closet, and others.
“Every year, we are inspired by all the young people that pursue scholarships through the Foundation, and this year is no exception,” said Tina Peterson, Community Foundation’s president and CEO. “This year’s ten Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists are a case in point. Each has shown remarkable achievement while also demonstrating a commitment to community and service to others.
“While only two of these impressive high school seniors will ultimately receive the Lilly Scholarship, we are proud to recognize each of their accomplishments,” added Peterson. “Ultimately, we hope all of this year’s applicants will elect to not only stay in Indiana for post-secondary education but will also choose to begin their careers and make the Indiana Uplands region their home.”
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 147 scholarships statewide and two scholarships in Monroe County. LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.
The program is administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally in Monroe County through the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County.
Monroe County’s finalists were selected from among 21 semifinalists and 143 applications submitted by students from seven of the ten high schools that serve Monroe County students. Eligible schools include The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Covenant Christian School, Bloomington Graduation School, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South, Edgewood High School, Harmony School, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities, Lighthouse Christian Academy, and Seven Oaks Classical School.
Evaluation Process for Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships:
Applications are blindly reviewed and independently scored by members of a Lilly Scholarship committee at each Monroe County high school to identify semifinalists. The number of semifinalists identified is determined by each school’s senior class size.
Each semifinalist was invited to submit an updated application, which included additional content and references from schools and other community members. The Community Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee then evaluated the semifinalist applications. This committee, comprised of community members and a former Monroe County Lilly Scholar, blindly reviewed and scored applications from the semifinalists to select ten finalists. In selecting recipients for the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic performance, and leadership potential.
During the week of October 23, each finalist is interviewed, and their interview scores are combined with scoring from the written applications. The finalists’ rankings, along with the committee’s recommendations for scholarship nominees, are then submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. for final selection of scholarship recipients for Monroe County prior to the formal announcement in December.
Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-98 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $486 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception.
The primary purposes of LECSP 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, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.
For more information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program or other scholarships administered by CFBMC, visit https://www.cfbmc.org/lasting-impact/apply-for-a-scholarship/ or contact Marcus Whited, Program Director, at 812-333-9016 or email@example.com.
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