One Scott County student has been named recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Scott County Community Foundation 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Lyndie Foster of Scottsburg High School will receive full tuition to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana of her choice, and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. She joins 38 other Lilly Scholar recipients from Scott County since 1998.
Lyndie is the daughter of Bill and Bobbie Foster of Scottsburg. She is active in 4-H, Venture Scouts, EMPOWER Youth Coalition, cross country, track, wrestling, and more.
She plans to attend the University of Evansville to major in athletic training and Spanish with intentions to enroll in medical school.
“I am so honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Lilly scholarship,” said Lyndie. “Relieving the financial burden of college is going to make an incredible impact on my future, opening more doors and bringing more opportunities into reach.”
“On behalf of the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors, we congratulate Lyndie for being named Scott County’s 2020 Lilly Scholar,” said Nancy Barr, chair of the committee and board member for the Foundation. “The finalists were outstanding students and as always, it was a difficult decision for the committee. Lyndie will be a great representative of our community and we know she will be successful in her future endeavors.”
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 4,769 students who were awarded scholarships since the inception of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Lilly Endowment has invested over $405 million into this initiative since 1998.