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2020 Scholarship Recipients

High School is like Toilet Paper – you only miss it when it’s gone.

Anonymous

The statement above is an especially true sentiment given the unusual school year for the 2020 graduating seniors. Here at the Community Foundation we have always taken for granted that when springtime rolls around we get to congratulate and celebrate graduating seniors who receive our Community Foundation scholarships.

I am sure it is not surprising to you that it did not happen this year. And shucks! We missed it! We missed telling the seniors how proud we are of them. We missed reminding them that they should be proud of themselves for all of their accomplishments. We missed the excitement of presenting the awards. We missed the smiles and laughter.

We realized that if we missed the hoopla of senior celebrations, how much more the 2020 seniors missed it. We had to do something! We scratched our heads and came up with a plan to make this year’s scholarship recipients feel special and decided to roll with it (pun intended).

Ryker Bond

Each scholarship recipient received their scholarship award by snail mail, complete with a celebration kit (confetti included)! Yes, we could not be there in person to offer accolades to this year’s amazing seniors, but we sure did not want this year to slip by without acknowledging what an outstanding group of graduating seniors we have! Check out some of the photos we received from our 2020 scholarship recipients.

For a complete list of 2020 scholarship recipients click here.

Kurtis Davis named 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Kurtis Davis, a senior at Westview Jr.-Sr. High School, has been named the recipient of the LaGrange County Community Foundation’s 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Davis will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the accredited public or private college or university in Indiana of his choice, along with an annual $900 stipend for books and required equipment.

Davis is the son of Kenneth and Sherrie Davis of LaGrange. A two-sport student athlete in tennis and baseball, Davis maintains a 4.06 grade-point average. He plans to pursue a chemistry or chemical engineering degree at Bethel University or Indiana Wesleyan University.

Davis serves on National Honor Society, Student Council, Yearbook and the Junior Plus mentoring program. He has participated in a Tech Fest Competition.

This year, 16 applicants participated in LaGrange County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship selection process. The foundation’s Lilly Scholarship Advisory Committee narrowed the field to five finalists based upon criteria that included scholastic profile, leadership, school activities, community service, work history, essays and interview performance.

The committee’s recommendations were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, for final review and selection of the recipient.

Other finalists included: Ana Wahll and Ryker Bond of Lakeland High School and Chelsea Weaver and Skyler Hawk of Westview Jr.-Sr. High School. Each of the finalists will receive a $1,000 four-year renewable scholarship from the Lambright Leadership Scholarship Fund established by Kevin and Carrie Lambright in 2013.

Since 1998, a total of 39 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, including Davis’s have been awarded in LaGrange County. The total amount awarded to local LaGrange County students through this opportunity exceeds $3 million.

The scholarships are a result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative whose primary purposes are to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, and nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. This year, 143 scholarships were awarded statewide; the number awarded is based on the number of full-time residents. LaGrange County was offered one award in 2019. There have been more than 4,769 scholarships awarded statewide since the beginning of the program. 

Arianna Smith named 2018 Lilly Scholar

Arianna Smith, fourth from left, was named the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar in December 2017. Smith was surprised with the news surrounded by faculty and staff at Lakeland High School. From left are Amy Sayers, Leah Stoltzfus, Sherry Severson, Rachel Stroup and Maggie Pechin.

Lakeland senior plans to study computer science

Arianna Smith, a senior at Lakeland High School, has been named the recipient of the LaGrange County Community Foundation’s 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. In addition to the four-year scholarship to the accredited public or private Indiana college of her choice, she will also receive a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Arianna Smith reacts to being named the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Smith was suprised with the announcement at Lakeland High School.

Smith resides in Howe with her parents, Bret and Vickie Smith. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science at an Indiana college.

During her high school career, she has been involved in Show Choir, Spell Bowl and English and Science Academic Team. At the time of her application, Smith was ranked fifth in her graduating class with a 4.1 grade point average. She also is a member of Interact Club and National Honor Society.

During her freshman year of high school, Smith became intrigued with computer programming and taught herself programming languages using online resources. She serves as a teen leader in LaGrange County’s 4-H Spark Club, teaching children of all ages about computer science. Recently, she was selected by state administrators to design official lesson plans for SPARK clubs. She has also helped organize and create computer science clubs at local elementary schools.

Her community activities have included serving as a representative for Relay For Life, Cancer Services, Light the Night and tutoring middle and high school students. She also was selected as a state representative for the National 4-H Computer Science Delegate.

This year, 33 applicants, participated in LaGrange County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship selection process. The foundation’s Lilly Scholarship Committee narrowed the field to five finalists based upon criteria that included scholastic profile, work history, financial need, community service, school activities, leadership, essays and interview performance.

The committee’s recommendations were forwarded to Indianapolis for final review and approval from Independent Colleges of Indiana.

Other finalists included: Taylor Targgart and Kiara Smith, both of Lakeland High School and Olivia Hibbs and Ashley Brown of Westview Jr.-Sr. High School. Each of the finalists will receive a $1,000 four-year renewable scholarship from the Lambright Leadership Scholarship Fund established by Kevin and Carrie Lambright in 2013.

Since 1998, a total of 37 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, including Smith’s have been awarded in LaGrange County. The total amount awarded to local LaGrange County students through this opportunity exceeds $3 million.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. This year, 143 scholarships were awarded statewide. There have been more than 4,300 scholarships awarded statewide since the program begin in 1998.