Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Named

April 23, 2014 – The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc., has selected the recipients of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, the prestigious award that grants full tuition to any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The Lilly Scholarship also covers fees and provides a $900 stipend for required books and equipment per year.

The recipients of the 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are Emmy Rawson and Neil Reinke, both seniors at Muncie Central High School. They were chosen out of a nominee pool of 18 impressive candidates from various high schools in Delaware County.

“The Lilly Scholarship can really be life changing,” said Suzanne Kadinger, Vice President of The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. “Having tuition, fees and books taken care of for four years of college takes a huge burden off of these young people. Just as importantly, we know that being named a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar is an honor that these students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

Emmy Rawson, a senior at Muncie Central High School, plans to study biomedical engineering at Purdue University, where she will also have a place on the swim team. She is the daughter of Greg and Amy Rawson. Emmy has a 4.622/4.0 grade point average and is ranked first in her class. She has served as class president for three consecutive years, in addition to being a stand-out athlete on the golf and swim teams. She has had several leadership positions within her school, and has been highly active as a community volunteer.

Neil Reinke, a senior at Muncie Central High School, plans to study pre-pharmacy at Butler University. He is the son of Steve and Jodi Reinke. Neil has a 4.6/4.0 grade point average and is ranked second in his class. He has served on student council throughout high school, as well as being an active community volunteer. Neil is a four-year varsity letter winner on the swim and cross country teams, as well as a four-year member of the track and field team and French club.

Neil has also served a Legislative Page since his freshman year of high school.

In selecting Delaware County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic ability and potential for leadership. After the field of school nominees was narrowed to two, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

All of our nominees who make it to the final round are awarded a $500 Community Foundation Scholarship to honor their accomplishments. As a finalist for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, Sydney Clasby has been awarded a Community Foundation Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding achievements. The daughter of Richard and Raquel Clasby, Sydney plans to study occupational therapy at Xavier University.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are a 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. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

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