Gibson County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Fort Branch, Indiana)  The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced that Rebecca Kluesner is the 2021 recipient of the Gibson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis 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. 

Rebecca is the daughter of Zuniga Kluesner of Princeton and Brian Kluesner of Jasper. She is a senior at Gibson Southern High School and plans to attend an Indiana college studying Occupational Therapy. In addition to exceling academically, she is involved in numerous school clubs and activities, including serving on the Student Council for four years. Throughout high school, Rebecca has been heavily involved with the Gibson County Special Olympics and 4-H, where she has held numerous leadership positions. 

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Maxwell Stoll will receive a recurring four-year $1,000 scholarship from the Gibson County Community Foundation. The second alternate was announced as Helaena Pfeiffer.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

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 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.