The Warrick County Community Foundation is pleased to announce Jennifer Donnelly and Logan Ellis as the 2022 recipients of the Warrick County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership.
“It is such a pleasure to work with these students, their academic success is amazing. More importantly, they both live the value of serving others and working to make their community better,” said Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact for the Warrick County Community Foundation.
Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.
Jennifer Donnelly is the daughter of John and Olga Donnelly, of Newburgh. She is a senior at Castle High School and plans to study architecture. In addition to exceling academically, Donnelly has been involved in a variety of school activities including the robotics team, summer musical orchestra, band, and Student Council. Outside of school, she spends much of her time pursuing her passion for music. Donnelly is a member of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the American Guild of Organists.
Logan Ellis is the son of Matthew and Mindy Ellis, of Boonville. Ellis is a senior at Castle High School and plans to study Mathematics in college. His career goal is to become a pediatrician. In addition to his academic success, Ellis has been involved in a variety of school activities including wrestling, band, and Student Council. Outside of school, he enjoys coaching wrestling. Ellis is also active with Young Life.
In nominating Warrick County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholars, consideration was given to each student’s academic achievements, activities, and involvement with the community. After the field of applicants was narrowed down by the Warrick County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP), nominees were submitted to the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, Independent Colleges of Indiana, for final review of and approval of nominees.
Scholarship award alternates were also announced. Mason Phillips and Lillie Redmon, both of whom attend Boonville High School, will receive $3,000 scholarships from the Friends of Warrick County Fund.
The LECSP is administered locally by the Warrick County Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana. Lilly Endowment created the LECSP for the 1998-1999 Academic year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling in excess of $439 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.
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.