2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Announced

One Greene County Student has been named recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Evan Cruse will receive full tuition to his choice of any accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana, as well as a yearly stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment.

Evan is a senior at Shakamak High School and lives in Jasonville. He is the son of Julia Cruse in Jasonville and Greg Cruse in Worthington. He is involved in Hoosier Boys State, National Honors Society, Lugar Symposium, Float Committee, FCA, Chess Club, and Pep Club; has competed in Track & Field; and has volunteered with Salvation Army, community landscaping, school construction, local soup kitchen & food pantry, and Youth Convention.

Greene County Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, composed of volunteer members from throughout the county, selected 7 finalists to interview for the scholarship from a total of 36 submitted applications. These finalists were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit independent colleges and universities in the state of Indiana.

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. To date, including this year’s 143 recipients, the LECSP has awarded over 4,600 scholarships totaling over $392 million.

For more information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, please see our web page: http://www.greenecountyfoundation.org/scholarships/lilly/