Perry County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Named

Perry County, Indiana – One Perry County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Luke Bishop will receive a full tuition scholarship to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Luke, a senior at Perry Central High School, is the son of James and Tara Bishop of Branchville. While attending high school, he has been involved in Student Council, Business Professionals of America, Social Media Team, Friends of Rachel Club, Academic Bowl and Commodore Manufacturing Leadership Team. He was the Perry Central Paper Mache Art Show Tour Guide, he has assisted with the Commodore Table, Key Club, is a member and volunteer of Holy Cross Catholic Church, helped with the Commodore Serve Day, was a volunteer for the Stepping Stones Preschool 5K Road Run, and was a canned food drive coordinator. He played baseball, basketball, and was involved with Cross Country.

He has been employed by French Licks Ice Cream and Coffee Shop, was a Perry Central Youth Baseball concessions worker, Perry Central Youth Baseball umpire, and worked for grandparents by doing yard work and splitting wood. He has also babysat.

Currently he plans to attend Indiana University and major in Business (Accounting and Finance), and go into Accounting or Business Administration.

Triton Martin is the first alternate. He is the son of Donald Martin and Holly Martin.

Whitaker Lyons is the second alternate. He is the son of John and Amy Lyons.

After the Perry 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. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.

ICI represents Indiana’s 30 private, non-profit, regionally-accredited colleges and universities. 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.