We are excited to welcome Sara McGannon to our Community Foundation team. Sara is the new Career and College Counselor intern under a program funded by the Lilly Endowment. The Community Foundation Internships (CFI) program is part of Lilly’s goal to help build healthy Indiana community foundations and to provide college students with real-life work experiences.

Sara’s duties involve counseling students at Austin and Scottsburg high schools with career and college choices, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, coordinating job shadowing internship opportunities, coordinating college visits, and more.

Sara has been a resident of Scott County for more than 20 years. She is the daughter of David and Flossie McGannon of Scottsburg. She graduated from Scottsburg High School in 2014 and recently graduated from Franklin College this year with a bachelor’s degree in English. She is attending Indiana University Southeast in pursuit of her teaching license through their Advance to Teaching Graduate Program.

After graduation, Sara plans to work at a high school or middle school in southern Indiana as an English teacher. Her goal is to create opportunities for students to discover and develop their own interests and passions through the use of language. Interning as a teacher’s assistant in five different school districts and being the literacy program coordinator for a Girls Inc. has given Sara the skill set needed to effectively communicate with students and assist them in preparation for their futures.

“I am incredibly passionate about bettering Scott County, and I would love nothing more than to assist students in developing futures that allow them to pursue their own passions,” said Sara.

“We are excited to have Sara as our intern,” said Shannon Mount, the K-12 college and career counselor at Scottsburg High School. “SHS has come to rely on the intern position for key activities like making sure our 21st Century Scholars are informed about how to stay on track. Sara will also help with activities helping connect students with future opportunities like helping with college credits and our five Early College options.”

“We are very excited at Austin High School to have Sara join our team and assist students with 21st Century plans and career and college readiness activities,” said Cindy Watts, guidance counselor. “We are so thankful to the Community Foundation for making this opportunity possible for the students of Scott County.”