Community foundation announces full-tution scholarship for Carroll County student

Three 2022 Lilly Endowment Inc. Community Scholarship finalists also earn $1,000 scholarships

December 9, 2021 -- Trinity Kelly, a senior at Carroll Jr./Sr. High School, is the Carroll County Community Foundation 2022 Lilly Endowment Inc. Community Scholar. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character and leadership.

Trinity, daughter of Brandon Kelly and Amber Dowden, serves on the student council, is on the girls’ varsity Golf Team and volunteers locally with meal distribution, community beautification projects, and fundraising for a local fire department. An experienced equestrian, Trinity is active in FFA, local 4-H, Young Wranglers Horse and Pony Club, and the Battle Ground Saddle Club.

She plans to attend Purdue University and study political science.

About the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

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 required 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. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects scholars with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

The Carroll County Community Foundation’s criteria include academic achievement; school, community and work activities; potential for success; essay; and financial need. A committee of volunteers evaluated the applications and selected the four finalists who were interviewed by the Carroll County Community Foundation Services Committee. Twenty-two Carroll County students applied for the scholarship.

After the Carroll County Community Foundation Services Committee selected the four finalists, the names were submitted to ICI for the selection of the recipients.

“Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applicants really exemplify the quality of abilities of Carroll County students,” said Dr. Paul Manning, chairman of the Carroll County Community Foundation Services Committee. “The scholarship also encourages them to remain in Indiana and participate in the communities where they reside. The Endowment utilizes the Community Foundation to administer the program as a way to emphasize the value of education and to support Indiana’s community foundations.”

The Foundation recognized the achievements of the other three finalists with $1,000 scholarships. They are Jackson Ayres, Carroll High School; Ava Charnley, Delphi Community High School; and Elijah Ladd, Delphi Community High School.

The Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-1999 school 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. With the 2022 awards, 41 Carroll County residents have received the scholarship, representing an approximate value of $3.5 million.

The Carroll County Community Foundation was established in 1997 as a not-for-profit charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of local citizens. Its purpose is to serve the interests of donors, to make grants and to act as a catalyst around issues of community importance in Carroll County. For details about making a charitable gift or establishing a permanent endowment fund to benefit a charitable organization or interest in Carroll County, contact the Carroll County Community Foundation.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. 

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