Two students receive full-tuition Lilly Endowment scholarships

Published: June 24, 2015 by Stephanie Walls, Program Associate: Grants and Scholarships

Two students, Purva Patel and Abigail Whalen, will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Additionally, they receive a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Patel is the daughter of Vipul and Asha Patel of Greenwood. She attended Whiteland Community High School and is planning to attend DePauw University in the fall to follow a pre-medical track of study. Patel’s hobbies include reading, painting, volunteering at several organizations, and spending time with her family and friends.

Whalen is the daughter of Rob and Liz Whalen of Greenwood. She attended Roncalli Catholic High School and is planning to attend University of Notre Dame in the fall with a double major in neuroscience and Arabic. She has been heavily involved in cheerleading, track and field, and the Roncalli ski club. She enjoys playing the piano and spending time with friends and family.

This is the 18th year that the JCCF has administered the program. Applicants were selected based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership, and good character.

Each year, the 13 member scholarship committee puts a great deal of time and thought into selecting these scholars. After the JCCF scholarship committee narrowed the field to the final nominees, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 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.

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 JCCF online.

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