Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Offered To First Alternate

(Vincennes, Indiana) In December, the Knox County Community Foundation announced the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Today, following South Knox senior Mykayla Couchenour’s declination of the award, Mary Franklin, who in December was named the first alternate for the award, was offered the full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Mary is the daughter of Samuel and Stephanie Franklin and a senior at Lincoln High School. She plans to study Biology and pursue a career as a medical doctor. She holds a 4.0 GPA and has been involved in a variety of activities including the Mayor’s Youth Council, Youth Leadership Knox County, dance, and the Rotary Interact Club. She has also served as a class officer throughout her high school career.

Mykayla, the initial recipient, declined the scholarship this week after accepting the National Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Marine Option (NROTC) scholarship. She will use the NROTC scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, majoring in American Studies while simultaneously training to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Who will receive the scholarship should the award be declined is set at the same time as the initial recipient’s nomination approval according to Lauren Osmon, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact for the Knox County Community Foundation. “Each year, plans are in place for situations like this one. The local selection committee nominates a recipient and two alternates to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI). So, when we receive notification back of ICI’s decision regarding the committee’s nominations, it includes who should be offered the scholarship should any winner decline. We then inform students so they are prepared in case that should occur.”

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 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.