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Diana Borse Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Diana Borse, a North Miami High School graduating senior, has been named the Miami County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Diana will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Diana is the daughter of Christopher and Deborah Borse and plans to attend Notre Dame University, where she will major in Neuroscience, Pre-Medicine. Diana is a 4-year member of FFA, Student Council, Dance, and Drama Club. She is a member of National Honor Society, and she was Class President for three years. She also participated in both soccer and track for four years.

Diana was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of thirty-three applicants by the Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

This year, applications were due in September, whereas in previous years they were due during the spring semester. This change was made in an effort to identify Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year so that recipients have more time to decide which college or university to attend.

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 thirty-three 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 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.

The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Alyson Braden of Maconaquah High School, Lucretia Eckrote of North Miami High School, Holly Huneryager of Peru High School, and Raychel Stroud of North Miami 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 5.2 million dollars in grants and scholarships. Currently the Community Foundation holds over $7.6 million in assets and administers over 140 funds.