(Petersburg, Indiana) The Pike County Community Foundation has announced that Lauren Young is the 2021 recipient of the Pike County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Lauren is the daughter of Christian and Amanda Young of Winslow. She is a senior at Pike Central High School and plans to attend Ball State University to study Biology/Pre-medicine, with a goal of becoming a Dermatologist. In addition to exceling academically, Lauren has been involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, student government, and the Riley Dance Marathon. She is also a member of the soccer team, track and field team, and Swing Choir. She worked as a Genealogy Intern at the Pike County Public Library.
Scholarship award alternates were also announced as first alternate Libby Stone and second alternate Hunter Russell.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
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.