One Scott County student has been named recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Scott County Community Foundation 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Logan Weilbaker of Scottsburg High School will receive full tuition to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana of his choice, and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. He joins 39 other Lilly Scholar recipients from Scott County since 1998.
Logan is the son of Tim and Missy Weilbaker of Scottsburg. He is active in the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council, EMPOWER, Scottsburg Church of Christ, Student Council, his school’s theatre, cross country and more.
He plans to attend Wabash College to major in mathematics with a career goal of becoming an actuary.
“I would like to thank Jaime Toppe and the Community Foundation for the opportunity to explore my future without restraint,” said Logan. “It is an honor to know the Committee had such great confidence in my potential, and I am dedicated to returning their investment in service to my community.”
“We are pleased to announce Logan Weilbaker as the recipient of the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Scholarship Committee Chairperson Tinisha Bowles-Densford. “As always, the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee members were very impressed with the applicants and the finalists should all be very proud of themselves and their academic achievements. We know that Logan will be successful in his future endeavors and be a great representative of Scott County in all that he does. Congratulations, Logan!”
Students were judged based on community involvement, extra-curricular activities, work activities, academics, financial considerations, honors and awards, letters of recommendation and two essays. Eight students advanced to the interview portion as finalists. After the scholarship committee narrowed the field, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the Scott County recipient. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.
There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide, and there have been 4,912 students who were awarded scholarships since the inception of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Lilly Endowment has invested over $424 million into this initiative since 1998.