One Blackford County student has been named the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Bryce E. Parsons, Blackford High School senior, will receive a four-year, full- tuition scholarship to any accredited public or private Indiana college or university and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
The Scholarship Committee of Blackford County Community Foundation interviewed six finalists and submitted nominations to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
Blackford County’s five remaining finalists will each receive a $1,000 scholarship award from the Community Foundation. Those students are Lyndsey M. Waters, Alisha M. Watters, Helen M. Bennett, Shanda N. Miller, and Isaac R. Stults.
Thirty-six Blackford County students have benefited from this statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education since its inception in 1998. The number of scholarships provided to date is 4,340 statewide not including this year’s 143 scholarships that are being awarded.
The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) 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.