The Steuben County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Steuben County – Olivia Stoy of Angola High School. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.
Stoy of Ashley, IN, daughter of Tom and Megan Stoy, plans to study psychology at Purdue University, Butler University, Ball State University, or Indiana University. In addition to playing tennis, Stoy is active in a variety of school and community service clubs, including FIST, student council, 4-H, SWARM, National Honor Society, and the Cahoots Youth Board.
Olivia’s family and Steuben County Community Foundation staff were present for a surprise announcement on December 8. At the announcement, Olivia shared, “Winning this scholarship has affirmed to me that all of the hard work I put into volunteering has been worth it. I truly love volunteer work!”
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).
“Olivia is a driven, well-rounded student, and she impressed the nominating committee with her passion for giving back to the community,” said Jacqui Gentile, program officer at the Steuben County Community Foundation.
In nominating Steuben County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar(s), consideration was given to academic performance, after-school activities, community service, and work experience by the scholarship evaluation committee. After the field of applicants was narrowed down, nominees were submitted to the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, ICI, for the selection of scholarship recipients.
“Each year the quality of applicants continues to impress our committee of evaluators. We are grateful for the community members who volunteer to participate in this thorough application process,” said
Jennifer Danic, president and CEO of the Steuben County Community Foundation. “We also would like to congratulate the other five finalists, each of whom will a $1,000 Circle of Friends scholarship from the Steuben County Community foundation: Autumn Chilenski, Jaden Soller, Harper Henney, Marcus Miller, and Kaylee Wise.
Lilly 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.
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Through philanthropic services, strategic investments, and community leadership, Steuben County Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come. The Steuben County Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization with assets totaling more than $36 million. Our vision: Serving as a community leader and improving the quality of life by assessing, supporting, and coordinating philanthropic giving and endowment building. Our mission: Connecting people who care with needs that matter to our community. For more information on the Foundation, visit its website at www.steubenfoundation.org. 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