CICF Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients


Central Indiana Community Foundation announced the 13 recipients of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for both Marion and Hamilton counties. Scholars will receive up to four years of full tuition to attend any accredited public or private not-for-profit college or university in Indiana.

High schools in each county submitted two students for consideration by the nominating committees at The Indianapolis Foundation, the CICF affiliate serving Marion County, and Legacy Fund, the CICF affiliate serving Hamilton County. Seventy-nine and 33 students were interviewed in each county, respectively, and finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. for final selection.

The Hamilton County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship selection committee at Legacy Fund selected the following students for scholarships:

  • Grace Sorrells, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School
  • Joseph Bergin, Hamilton Southeastern High School
  • Kylie Whipple, Noblesville High School
  • Matthew Farrell, Guerin Catholic High School

The Marion County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship selection committee at The Indianapolis Foundation selected the following students for scholarships:

  • Aiysha Amjad, Lawrence Central High School
  • Binuri Hapuarachchy, Crispus Attucks High School
  • Darrin Gee, Bishop Chatard High School
  • Francisco Guerra, Ben Davis University High School
  • Jack Peyton, Herron High School
  • Jayla Sloan, Perry Meridian High School
  • Jenifer ZavalaCruz, George Washington High School
  • Madeline Sersic, University High School
  • Maria De Leon, Crispus Attucks High School

A total of 143 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships were awarded as part of the statewide Lilly Endowment initiative, which has awarded 4,340 scholarships and $372 million since 1998.

Photos from some of the notifications to this year’s scholars

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.

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Congrats to all the students. The Lilly endowment community scholarship program is amazing! Thank you CICF for making higher education a priority in Central Indiana.


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