Kayla Bell Awarded the 2023 Miami County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Kayla Bell Awarded the 2023 Miami County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Miami County Community Foundation, fund affiliate of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF), is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Miami County – Kayla Bell of Maconaquah High School. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.

Kayla is the daughter of Robyn and Lance Bell and plans to study Business Management or Accounting after graduating from Maconaquah High School. She’s involved in soccer, cheerleading, Clay Shooting Club, student council, National Honors Society and has received a multitude of honors and awards in these activities. Throughout Kayla’s high school years, she’s spent many hours volunteering at places in the community such as Assisting Indiana Health Center, Wilson Farms, church youth group, KC Bouncy Houses, and many others.

 “Kayla is such a well-rounded student. She’s very driven and passionate, and we are excited to see where life takes her,” said Shannon Berger, NICF Scholarship Coordinator.

 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. The scholarship is for undergraduate students studying 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 both current scholars and alumni 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) and Indiana Humanities.

In determining Miami County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar(s), the committee assesses a multitude of criteria, including high academic performance and community involvement. After the field of applicants was narrowed down, nominees were submitted to ICI, the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, which approves the final selection of scholarship recipients.

“While we had a tough decision to make with such qualified finalists, Kayla’s community involvement, work ethic, and outstanding academics really stood out,” said Berger. “But all of the finalist work very hard and are great, deserving students.”

Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-99 school year and has supported the program every year since with grants totaling in excess of $486 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.

The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship finalists include Kara Baker, Hannah Douglass, and Esmeralda Flores, who will receive $1,000 scholarships from the Miami County Community Foundation.