A total of 29 Hamilton County students were interviewed for the scholarships, which stipulated that recipients must: be a resident of Hamilton County; plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2016 at a public or private college or university in Indiana; demonstrate an unweighted GPA of at least 3.0; demonstrate financial need; demonstrate leadership or initiative in their school or community; and promise to, upon graduation, give back to the community.
The following four students were selected as scholarship recipients: Alexis Smith, Sheridan High School; Emma Derouin, Westfield High School; Grace Dittoe, Cathedral High School; Sarah Knight, Noblesville High School.
Each student was nominated by his/her guidance counselor before being invited to complete an application and interview with 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. for final approval.
A total of 142 scholarships were awarded in Indiana 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.