Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Named

Pike County, Indiana – One Pike County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarship as the Pike County Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Adam Martinez will receive full tuition to the Indiana College of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for his required books and equipment.

Adam is the son of Martin and Francis Martinez of Petersburg and is a senior at Pike Central High School. He has excelled academically throughout his high school career. He has been an active member of Pike Central marching band, jazz band, pep band and winter percussion. Also giving his time to mentor young band members. During the last four years he has also been involved in Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and BPA. Adam has not decided which school to attend but intends to study mathematics and become an actuary.

Pike County students applied for the scholarship through the Pike County Community Foundation and the 2018 application process began in August. 12 applications were reviewed by our volunteer scholarship committee made up of dedicated individuals from throughout our county. The applications were scored on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service, school activities, work activities and financial need. Each student was asked to write an essay outlining their future goals and plans. Based on the information gleaned from the applications the committee narrowed down to five the number of students to be interviewed.

In announcing the award, David Flint, chairman of the Pike County Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, thanked his committee for the great job they did in reviewing the applications and selecting the candidate.  Flint remarked, “Every year the job just gets more difficult” he added, “It is wonderful to see how many students are well prepared for the adventure in front of them.”

When the local committee completed its work, the names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. There were 143 Scholarships awarded statewide.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private college and universities in the state. The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana: 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities: and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, not-for-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Opens

Petersburg, Indiana – The Pike County Community Foundation is now accepting applications online for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana high school students who will be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 2018. To learn more about conditions for the award, eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application code please visit communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-pike/. Deadline to apply is September 8, 2017. The link to apply can be found at the bottom of the Opportunities page: communityfoundationalliance.org/pike/scholarships/opportunities/

The 2018 Pike County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2017.

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 at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Community Foundation will nominate one student to receive the scholarship.

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 coordination with the Community Foundation Alliance of Evansville (our governing body), 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 at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

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 Indiana students reach higher levels of education. The Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana residents and communities.

About the Pike County Community Foundation
Established in 1998, the Pike County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance, with oversight by a local 17-member Advisory Board, the Foundation is made up of a family of more than 50 charitable funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Pike County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located at 714 Main St. in Petersburg. To learn more, call 812-354-6797.

Pike County Grassroots Initiative

Grassroots Initiative

The Pike County Community Foundation has embarked on an ambitious initiative to engage the community in building a permanent resource devoted to Pike County. It’s called the Pike County Grassroots Initiative, and its goal is to build a one-million-dollar endowment by 2017 — one hundred dollars at a time.

To meet their goal, the board will ask one thousand donors to commit to giving a $100 gift every year for ten years. The donations will be added to the Pike County Grassroots Unrestricted Fund, a permanent fund that will be used to support all sorts of endeavors to improve the quality of life in the county and that will have the flexibility to adapt to needs and opportunities as they change over time. Because the fund will be endowed, donors’ gifts will never be spent-only the proceeds of the fund will be awarded as grants.

Even during the ten years the Pike County Grassroots Unrestricted Fund grows to its targeted one million dollars, it will allow for annual grantmaking. Nonprofit organizations will be invited to submit proposals for charitable projects that serve Pike County and its people. The Foundation’s grants committee will review and rank each proposal and award grants to those determined to serve the greatest needs or to offer the greatest improvements in the community.

Potential grants would serve a wide range of needs, such as access to child care and health care for the underserved, services that provide for the hungry and homeless, programs to improve the county environment and landscape, and so much more.

Contact us to be a part of the Pike County Grassroots Initiative!