2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

December 15, 2016 Vincennes, Indiana – One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Madison Lynn Franklin will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Madison, the daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes, is a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School.

The daughter of Samuel Todd and Stephanie Franklin of Vincennes and a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School, she has excelled academically. She has been active in a variety of school and community activities, including Rotary Interact Club president; National Honor Society; Fellowship of Christian Athletes; student council vice president; Youth Leadership Knox County; United Methodist Church Youth Group; Tri-M; and the Lincoln High School dance and volleyball teams. Following graduation, Madison plans to attend an Indiana college to study physical therapy with a goal of giving back to the community in the health care field.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2017 application process began in August. Twenty-four applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Knox County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

ICI is the collective voice for excellence and choice in higher education for all students. As a non-profit association, ICI represents Indiana’s 31 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093