Shayleigh Shriver Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

18 Dec Shayleigh Shriver Receives Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Shayleigh Shriver, a Tippecanoe Valley High School graduating senior, has been named the 2019 Fulton County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Shayleigh 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.

Shayleigh is the daughter of Jeff and Janie Shriver and plans to attend Purdue University to study elementary education.

Shayleigh was elected Tippecanoe Valley High School Student Body President. She has participated in Future Farmers of America and Student Council all four years of high school. She is a founding member of Tippecanoe Valley Girls of Grace, the Tippecanoe Valley Farm to Fork Program, and the Champions Together Unified Sports Partnership with Special Olympics. Shayleigh was the 2017 and 2018 Varsity Volleyball Team Captain, and she set many records and received numerous awards. She has also done an outstanding amount of volunteer work.

Shayleigh was selected for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from a field of 24 applicants by the Fulton 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 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 Adam Brown, Gabriella Goss, and Isaac Smith of Rochester High School, and Billy Gillman of Tippecanoe Valley High School.