Daviess County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Named

Washington, Indiana. One Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Bailey Marie Kendall will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Bailey is the daughter of Jim and Susan Kendall of Washington and is a senior at Washington High School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including DECA, Beta Club, Academic Bowl, CEO program, student council, 4-H, and the New Hope Christian Church Youth Group. Following graduation, Bailey plans to attend an Indiana college to study chemical engineering with a goal of giving back to the community as a patent agent.

Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2015 application process began in January. Thirty-five 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 and work activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles. Based on results from the initial review, seven applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess 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.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 32 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 Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.

The Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. One of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States, the Foundation helps people make meaningful gifts that improve life in Daviess County today and for generations to come. A part of the Community Foundation Alliance, Inc., a network of nine counties in southwestern Indiana, the Daviess County Community Foundation manages over $11 million in assets and in 2014, made over $500,000 available to projects benefiting many areas of community life. Each year, the Foundation collaborates with all four Daviess County high schools and Independent Colleges of Indiana to nominate a student for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar award.