2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Announced

Vanderburgh County, Indiana  The Vanderburgh Community Foundation announced Ethan Shopmeyer, Newburgh; Andrew Heldman, Evansville; and Brendan Notich, Evansville, are the recipients of the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for Vanderburgh County. The Lilly Endowment Scholarships provide 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 at an Indiana college or university.

Ethan Shopmeyer is the son of Charles and Charlotte Shopmeyer. He is a senior at New Tech Institute and enrolled in the Randall T. Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice. He plans to study political science leading to a career in public service within the judicial system.  In addition to excelling academically, he has been involved in student government and is currently serving as President for the Class of 2019.  He is also President of the National Honor Society at New Tech.  Ethan serves as a New Tech Student Ambassador and is a member of the Archery Club, Math Competition Team, STEM Competition Team, and Student Leadership Committee, for which he was the Founder and Speaker for the Parkland Memorial Service. His community service activities include serving as a ZooTeen Leader for the Mesker Park Zoo and Youth Chief Justice for the Indiana Youth & Government Program.

Andrew Heldman is the son of Kevin and Marilyn Heldman. He is a senior at Mater Dei High School and plans to study computer science leading to a career as a computer engineer. In addition to excelling academically by earning magna cum laude honors and achieving a perfect ACT score, he has been involved in Student Council, Spanish Club, and Student Government, and was recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Andrew earned Academic All-City recognition for baseball and basketball and was also recognized as the West Side Kiwanis Player of the Week.  His community service activities include volunteering with his church, the Mater Dei Feeder League Summer Basketball and Baseball Camps, Frog Follies, and the 4-H Fair.

Brendan Notich is the son of Rudolph and Laura Notich. He is a senior at North High School and plans to study biochemistry and pre-med, leading to a career as a dermatologist. He has excelled academically achieving summa cum laude recognition, being named as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and recognized as an Evansville Courier and Press Star Student.  Brendan has served as the Vice President and President of Key Club and President of National Honor Society.  At North High School he participated in the Bowling Team, Academic Team, Science Olympiad Team, both Concert and Varsity Choir, and the Speech and Debate Team. He has also volunteered with the Wesselman Nature Society, the Stockwell After School Mentoring Program, and Keep Evansville Beautiful.

The Vanderburgh Community Foundation received 52 applications for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship.  The recipients were nominated to receive the scholarship from a pool of 13 finalists interviewed by the scholarship committee.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Vanderburgh County Community Foundation administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance and support from the local high schools.  The 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:
Sidney Hardgrave, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact
(812) 422-1245, Extension 102 or (812) 573-1454 (mobile) or shardgrave@communityfoundationalliance.org