2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

Pike County, Indiana  The Pike County Community Foundation has announced that Nicholas “Kyle” Williams, of Petersburg,  is the recipient of the 2019 Pike 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.

Kyle is the son of Angie and Chet Williams. He is a senior at Pike Central High School and plans to study biology at an Indiana College of his choice with a career goal to become a hand surgeon.  In addition to excelling academically, he has been involved in Pep Band, musical productions, jazz band, and swing choir.  Kyle has also been a member of the tennis team and played baseball. He is involved in the National Honor Society, Key Club, and Spanish Club. He is employed at the Smokehouse in Petersburg and completed an internship with the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office.  In his free time, he volunteers with the Petersburg Little League program.

The Community Foundation nominated the recipient to receive the scholarship after narrowing the pool to 5 finalists.

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:
Cindy Gaskins, Director
(812) 766-0550 or director@pikecommunityfoundation.org