Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient Named

Pike County, Indiana – One Pike County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarship as the Pike County Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Adam Martinez will receive full tuition to the Indiana College of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for his required books and equipment.

Adam is the son of Martin and Francis Martinez of Petersburg and is a senior at Pike Central High School. He has excelled academically throughout his high school career. He has been an active member of Pike Central marching band, jazz band, pep band and winter percussion. Also giving his time to mentor young band members. During the last four years he has also been involved in Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and BPA. Adam has not decided which school to attend but intends to study mathematics and become an actuary.

Pike County students applied for the scholarship through the Pike County Community Foundation and the 2018 application process began in August. 12 applications were reviewed by our volunteer scholarship committee made up of dedicated individuals from throughout our county. The applications were scored on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service, school activities, work activities and financial need. Each student was asked to write an essay outlining their future goals and plans. Based on the information gleaned from the applications the committee narrowed down to five the number of students to be interviewed.

In announcing the award, David Flint, chairman of the Pike County Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, thanked his committee for the great job they did in reviewing the applications and selecting the candidate.  Flint remarked, “Every year the job just gets more difficult” he added, “It is wonderful to see how many students are well prepared for the adventure in front of them.”

When the local committee completed its work, the names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient. There were 143 Scholarships awarded statewide.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private college and universities in the state. 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 with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, not-for-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.