Thirteen students from Marion and Hamilton counties have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
A total of 91 Central Indiana students were interviewed for the scholarships, which stipulated that recipients must: be a resident of Hamilton or Marion County; plan to pursue a fulltime baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2015 at a public or private college or university in Indiana; demonstrate an un-weighted GPA of at least 2.5 (3.0 for students in Hamilton County); demonstrate financial need; demonstrate leadership or initiative in their school or community; and promise to, upon graduation, give back to the community.
Twenty-seven Hamilton County students were interviewed by the Hamilton County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Selection Committee for the scholarships following nominations by their school counselors. The following four students were selected as scholarship recipients: Anna Munoz, Fishers High School; Mary Elise Dorsett, Theodore Guerin Catholic High School; Lindsay Hofmeister, Theodore Guerin Catholic High School; Jane Ha, Carmel High School.
Sixty-four Marion County students were interviewed by the Marion County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Selection Committee for the scholarships following nominations by their school counselors. The following nine were selected as as scholarship recipients: Joana Ayala, John Marshall High School; Amelia Black, Cathedral High School, Molly Cooper, Decatur Central High School; Thomas Horlander, Bishop Chatard High School; Hanifa Hotelwala, Pike High School; Sarah Law, Cardinal Ritter High School; Haley Summer, Ben Davis High School; Emily Sung, Southport High School; Elly Mawi, Southport High School.
Each nominee was nominated by his/her guidance counselor before being invited to complete an application and then interview through The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate serving Marion County or Legacy Fund, a CICF affiliate serving Hamilton County. Any accredited high school could nominate up to two students in each county. Following the application and interview process, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final approval.
A total of 142 scholarships were awarded statewide and are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.
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