One Greene County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2021 Greene County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Sophia Edwards will receive full tuition to her 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.
Sophia is a senior at Eastern Greene High School and lives in Solsberry. She is the daughter of Thomas and Melinda Edwards. Sophia has been involved in FCA, Blessing Bag Program, Riley Dance Marathon, Greene County Youth Health Council, Student Council, Thunderbird Honor Society, IHSAA Student Leadership Advisory Committee, Golf and Greene County 4-H. She has volunteered with United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, Special Olympics, Greene County Family Life Center, Operation Outreach Blanket Drive, Eastern Greene STEM Summer Class, Growing Kindness Project and Operation Outreach Food Drive.
Greene County Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, composed of volunteer members from throughout the county, selected six finalists to interview from a total of 31 completed applications. Finalists were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the recipient. ICI is a nonprofit corporation representing 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit independent colleges and universities in the state of Indiana and is also the statewide administrator of the program.
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.
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