Madeline Krueger Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Madeline Krueger Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Madeline Krueger, a Knox Community High School graduating senior, has been named the 2019 Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Madeline 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.

Madeline is the daughter of Judith Ringle and Ronald Krueger and plans to attend Purdue University West Lafayette, where she will study Civil Engineering.

Madeline has participated in musicals throughout her high school career. She has also been involved in Student Council as Student Body Secretary, National Honor Society, Science Club, Freshmen Mentor Program, and Hoosier Northern Academic Conference, among other activities. Madeline has been on the tennis team for four years and was awarded the All-Conference Academic Award. She is a 10-year 4-H member and has served as a 4-H Camp Counselor throughout high school. Madeline has also been involved in other community activities and has been an active volunteer.

Madeline was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of 33 applicants by the Starke 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 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 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

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, not-for-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

The students who were finalists and interviewed for the scholarship were Madison Land and Andrew VanAsdall of Knox Community High School, Macy Reimbold of North Judson-San Pierre High School, and Kennedy Ash of Oregon-Davis High School.