2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

Spencer County, Indiana  The Spencer County Community Foundation has announced that Skylar Niles of Chrisney is the recipient of the 2019 Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The scholarship provides full-tuition, required fees, and an annual stipend of up to $900 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree.

Skylar is the son of Bonita Spencer and Brian Niles. He is a senior at South Spencer High School and plans to study psychology at Indiana College of his choice with a career goal of becoming a forensic psychology/criminal psychologist. In addition to excelling academically, Skylar has been involved in archery club, art club, key club, and Leadership Spencer County. He has also been involved with his church, where he assisted with musical productions. He completed an internship with Freedom Bank and was employed by Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari.

The Community Foundation nominated Skylar to receive the scholarship from a pool of 24 applicants.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program.

The Lilly Endowment is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development.

Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.

For further information or assistance:
Renate Warner, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 547-3176 or rwarner@communityfoundationalliance.org