Knox County Community Foundation Announces 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Vincennes, Indiana)  The Knox County Community Foundation has announced that Mykayla Couchenour is the recipient of the 2020 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. 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.

Mykayla is the daughter of David and Elizabeth Couchenour of Vincennes. She is a senior at South Knox High School and plans to attend an Indiana college of her choice to study political science. In addition to exceling academically, Mykayla has held various jobs in addition to her school work and currently works as a beekeeper for Indiana Land and Cattle Company. She is currently president of student council and has served as president of her class for all 4 years of high school. She has been involved in various fine arts and community activities, including the South Knox Choir and South Knox Stage Kids; the Knox County Youth Leadership Program, and service on the operational board and technology committee for the Pantheon Education Center. Finally, Mykayla has participated in several school sports including cross country, basketball, track and field, and tennis.

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 conjunction with the Community Foundation Alliance (our governing body) and local high schools, 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 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.