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Emily Fouts Named 2014 Miami County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
Receives 4 year full tuition scholarship

Emily Fouts

A North Miami High School student has been named the Miami County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Emily Fouts 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.

Emily is the daughter of Rick and Cindy Fouts Stone. Emily plans to pursue a degree in biology and Spanish with hopes to attend medical school. She is President of the National Honor Society, Secretary of FFA and Student Council Treasurer. As a member of the Quizbowl, she serves as Varsity Captain and holds a state championship.  Emily is also involved in church, community and work activities.

Fouts was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of sixteen applicants by the Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

For 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 sixteen applicants, five finalists were selected for a final review. These finalists were asked to write an essay, make a presentation, and have a personal interview. 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 Miami County Community Foundation. These exceptional students are Savannah Davis and Emma Eckrote, students at North Miami High School; Lexi Miller of Maconaquah High School; and Connor Quinn a senior at Peru High School.

Welcome to the Miami County Community Foundation
Miami County is a wonderful community with a rich heritage, steeped in history. Since 1993, Miami 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.

Miami 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 Miami County donations can do more—right here in Miami County.

So far, Miami County Community Foundation has dispersed nearly 3.5 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.1 million in assets and administers 142 funds.