Posey County Community Foundation Announces 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

(Mount Vernon, Indiana) The Posey County Community Foundation has announced that Amber Allyn is the 2021 recipient of the Posey County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. This scholarship provides the recipient with otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

Amber is the daughter of Matthew and Heather Allyn of Mount Vernon. She is a senior at Mount Vernon High School and plans to attend Butler University to study Business Development or Marketing. She excels scholastically, holding a perfect GPA while holding leadership positions in numerous school activities and clubs and also with local organizations. As a class officer all four years, Amber is currently the Student Council Co-President.

During her junior year Amber was selected as a Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders Delegate.  She has been heavily involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) while being in high school, holding the positions of both Chapter and District Presidents.  In addition to holding officer positions Amber has won numerous state FFA awards.  She has also participated in both competitive and school cheer each of the past four years.   

Amber has raised more than $15,000 for the creation, design, and maintenance of the Mount Vernon Mural project located in downtown Mount Vernon.  She is currently participating in an internship with the Economic Development Partnership where she assists the director with the marketing & promotion of Posey County. 

Scholarship award alternates were also announced. First alternate Kaitlyn Mansfield will receive a $2,000 scholarship from the Posey County Community Foundation. Second alternate was announced as Sydney Deno. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered locally by the Community Foundation, with the support of local high schools, and the administrative oversight by the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI).  Since the program was first introduced in 1998, Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

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 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.