Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients Announced


Central Indiana Community Foundation and its affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, are pleased to announce that 13 students from both Marion and Hamilton counties have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership. 

Marion County recipients are: 

  • Yahya Amjad – Lawrence Central High School 
  • Esther Gonzalez – University High School 
  • Fiyinfoluwa Ajayi – Decatur Central High School  
  • Samantha McCrea  International School of Indiana 
  • Bryanna Bailey – Speedway High School  
  • Serendipity Said – North Central High School 
  • Anna Hopson  Carmel High School 
  • Tunmise Kolawole – Ben Davis University High School 
  • Karen Pineda-Tejeda – Ben Davis High School 

Hamilton County recipients are: 

  • Aisha Kokan – University High School 
  • Devyn Taylor – Hamilton Heights High School 
  • Emerson Chapple – Fishers High School 
  • Maria Hand – Westfield High School  

Each Lilly Endowment Scholarship provides full-tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year 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, not-for-profit college or university. The Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-1999 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling over $439 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received this scholarship since the program’s inception. 

CICF and its affiliates are now accepting applications for over 50 other scholarship funds until Feb. 1, 2022. Learn more about those opportunities for traditional and non-traditional students looking for an advanced degree or training. 


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, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.  

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