CFMC Announces 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

By | December 10, 2016

Morgan County, Ind. – Two Morgan County residents have been named the 2017 Morgan County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. These scholarships are the largest awarded each year by the Community Foundation of Morgan County.

Hunter Marsh and Katelin Scott will each receive full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of their choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

hunter-marsh-lilly-scholarHunter Marsh is the son of Mike and Dawn Marsh of Monrovia. A member of the National Honor Society, Marsh attends Monrovia High School where he is active in the Student Body Government, having served in several leadership roles. Hunter is also active in Quiz Bowl and Science Club, as well as varsity soccer and varsity golf. Additionally, Marsh has been active in 4-H for the past nine years and participated in the Morgan County 4-H Swine Club for three years. Hunter plans on studying History, Mathematics, Business, and/or Law.

Katelin Scott is the daughter of Bobby and Nicole Scott of Mooresville. Scott attends Roncalli High katelin-scott-lilly-scholarSchool, where she is active in varsity swimming. Katelin actively works with special needs classmates, as well as having founded and led the Morgan County Special Olympic Swim Team for the past 4 years. Scott also attended the FBI Leadership Academy, has interned at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, and is very active in her church and its ministry to those in need throughout the community. Katelin plans to study Neuroscience, Cognitive Science and/or Biology.

From the initial pool of 74 eligible applicants, Marsh and Scott were selected from the six finalists nominated by the CFMC Scholarship Advisory Committee to interview in early October. The criteria for the Morgan County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is weighted and based on academic performance, school/community activities and/or work experience, an essay, financial need, references, and a personal interview.

In addition to Marsh and Scott, there were four other finalists in this year’s application cycle for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Finalists included: Mercedes DeMoss (Martinsville High School), Garrett Fehrman (Mooresville High School), Lucy Hall (Martinsville High School), and Hayley Taylor (Martinsville High School). All four finalists will receive scholarships awarded by the board of the Community Foundation of Morgan County to honor their achievements.

The Morgan County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program offers two scholarships each year to high school seniors who are Morgan County residents. The Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) administers the scholarship program for the Lilly Endowment. ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education within Indiana. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There will be 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

More information on the Community Foundation of Morgan County, Inc. is available online or by calling the foundation toll-free at (855) 280-3095 and asking for Hannah Sitz, CFMC Program Officer.