2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients announced

Published: December 17, 2018 by Stephanie Fox, Program Officer, Grants and Scholarships

The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) announced that three Johnson County students have been selected as the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

From the nearly 60 applicants, the following students were selected based on impressive community service and academic dedication throughout their high school careers. Hannah Heilman of Greenwood Community High School, Jonathan Ott of Franklin Community High School, and Kaylee TenBarge of Roncalli High School, will receive full-tuition scholarships and an annual $900.00 book stipend as the 2019 Johnson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

“The JCCF Board and Scholarship Committee are pleased to have these three impressive young adults join the current Johnson County Lilly Scholars in representing our county,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Marcia Grossnickle. “This scholarship truly changes the lives of these students and we are blessed to be a part of that change.”

Stephanie Fox, Program Officer for Scholarships stated, “The Scholarship Committee is repeatedly impressed by the high caliber students that we are able to review during the Lilly scholarship cycle each year. It is an extremely competitive process, and we are grateful to have a dedicated committee who undertakes the task of reviewing and nominating our recipients each year.”

This is the 22nd year that the JCCF has administered the program locally and the second year in recent history that the county has been able to award three deserving students with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each year, the 12-member Johnson County scholarship committee puts a great deal of time and thought into nominating these scholars. Applicants were evaluated based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership, and good character. Finalists were then invited to the interview round, from which final nominations were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipients.

Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program statewide and provides final review and selection of the recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, one of the primary goals of the initiative has been to raise the level of education attainment in Indiana. Although Indiana still ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree, the program awards 143 scholarships to deserving Indiana students each year

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. 

The Johnson County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants and provide leadership to improve Johnson County forever. For more information, call JCCF at 317-738-2213 or visit our website at

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