December 11, 2017 – Vincennes, Indiana One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Nate Kaffenberger will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Nate is the son of Alan and Beth Kaffenberger of Vincennes and is a senior at Vincennes Lincoln High School. He has excelled academically and participated in numerous school and community activities including student council; National Honor Society; Key Club, where he serves as a board member; Lincoln High School swim team, where he serves as Captain; Lincoln High School musical productions; Hoosier Boys State; and has served as a student volunteer for the Vincennes Swim Team. Following graduation, Nate plans to attend an Indiana college to study Multidisciplinary Engineering.
Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2018 application process began in August. Twenty applications were reviewed by a volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders. The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer activities, a written essay, a personal statement of goals, work experiences, school activities, and honors and awards. Based on results from the initial review, ten applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their communication and interview skills.
After the Knox County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) represents Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. 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.
Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Knox County high schools to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.