Victoria Jennings Named 2014 Fulton County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
A Culver Girls Academy student has been named the Fulton County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Victoria Jennings will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Victoria is the daughter of Lloyd and Judith Jennings. Victoria plans to pursue a pre-medical educational track and earn a degree in neurobiology. She is one of four captains of the sailing team at the Academy and received various awards for skill, teamwork and dedication. A member of various activities at the Academy, Victoria has held the office of Dorm Chair, Wellness and Life Skills Chair, Academy Council Secretary and Communications and Publicity Chair. Victoria is also involved in the Fulton County United Ministries’ Annual Christmas Basket Project.
Jennings was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of seventeen applicants by the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.
During the selection process, the applications are ‘blinded’ meaning that the identities of the applicants are removed. The Committee scores applicants on academic performance, volunteer and paid work, school activities and honors as well as essays. Of the seventeen applicants, five finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an impromptu essay and had a personal interview with the Scholarship Committee. The Committee narrowed the field to one nominee as their recommendation. Finalists’ applications are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents thirty-one regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
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 143 scholarships awarded statewide.
The remaining four finalists who were interviewed by the committee will be awarded a one time $1,000 scholarship from the Fulton County Community Foundation. These exceptional students are Alison Webb and Cyrus Holland, students at Rochester High School; Anna Brown a senior at Caston High School; and Benjamin Shriver who attends Tippecanoe Valley High School.
the Fulton County Community Foundation
Since 1993, Fulton County Community Foundation has brought caring people and charitable endeavors together for the good of this great community. The Community Foundation gives donors flexible and tax-effective ways to ensure their charitable giving. We work to build substantial endowment funds for our community through contributions large and small.
Fulton County Community Foundation is proud to be a part of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF). The NICF allows us to maximize our investment benefits and be more cost efficient. This way Fulton County donations can do more—right here in Fulton County.
So far, Fulton County Community Foundation has dispersed over 8.3 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $11.4 million in assets and administers 166 funds.
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