The Scott County Community Foundation has recently welcomed Ky Groover as the new Career and College Counselor intern. This opportunity has been funded by the Lilly Endowment through the Community Foundation Internships Program (CFI). This program intends to build strong community foundations, as well as provide significant internship opportunities for college students who are eager to advance their educational and personal development.

Ky?s duties involve counseling students at Austin and Scottsburg high schools with career and college choices, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, assisting students with the 21st Century Scholarship requirements, coordinating job shadowing/internship opportunities, coordinating college visits and more.

Ky graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a bachelor?s degree in elementary education. She is currently in her final year of graduate school at IUS where she is pursuing her master?s degree in school counseling. Ky is certified in trauma informed care. She is a single mother of three children and two cats, and lives in Charlestown.

?Classroom education has been my focus for most of my career but I have begun to shift my thinking towards counseling,? said Ky. ?I am excited to begin a career as a school counselor in K-12 schools after graduation.?

?The opportunity to work with Scott County is an extremely interesting one!? shared Ky. ?This gives me the opportunity to work with students, families, and the community on connecting the students with their goals, interests, and their dreams for their future. I have primarily worked with special education students in the elementary schools but this internship allows me the opportunity to experience another part of what a counselor?s role includes. I am looking forward to learning and growing in my field. This opportunity given to me by the Scott County Community Foundation is a tremendous blessing.?

?The Community Foundation Internship program has been a great opportunity for our community, and we are thankful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for providing the funding,? said Scott County Community Foundation Executive Director Jaime Toppe. ?Ky is the 22nd student to benefit from the internship program during the last several years, and this will be great real-life experience before she becomes a guidance counselor. I know she will bring enthusiasm and passion to her position, and we are excited to have her help in the schools.?