Elizabeth McEntee Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

12 Dec Elizabeth McEntee Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Elizabeth McEntee, a Knox Community High School graduating senior, has been named the 2018 Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Elizabeth 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.

Elizabeth is the daughter of Alan and Connie McEntee and plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington, where she will major in Neurobiology. Elizabeth is a member of Speech Team, and she was a state qualifier in discussion. She also participates in National Honor Society, Science Club, and varsity softball. She tutors elementary school students and is a Freshman Mentor.

Elizabeth was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of twenty-nine applicants by the Starke County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee.

This was the second year during which 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 twenty-nine 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.

The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Daniel Darda of Knox Community High School, Ashley Rearden of NJ-SP Jr.-Sr. High School, Cody Rieckhoff of Culver Community High School, and Cassandra Waletzko of Knox Community High School.