Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Named

Vincennes, Indiana. One Knox County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Knox County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Bridget Ashley Brocksmith will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana College of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Bridget is the daughter of William and Jo Anne Brocksmith of Oaktown and is a senior at North Knox School. While she has excelled academically, she has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, science team, student council, 4-H, golf, and in her church as a youth group member and children’s church leader. Following graduation, Bridget plans to attend an Indiana college to study economics/agriculture and medicine with a goal of giving back to the community as an agricultural economist and surgeon.

Knox County students applied for the scholarship through the Knox County Community Foundation and the 2016 application process began in January. Eleven 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 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.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 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 Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community. A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever. The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit