Spencer County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Named

Spencer County, Indiana – One Spencer County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar program. James Werne 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.

Werne, who attends Heritage Hills High School, is the son of Gary and Paula Werne. While attending high school, he has been involved in the Beta Club, Academic Bowl, Spell Bowl, National Honor Society and Chess Club. He performed at the St. Meinrad Rocks Fest, is involved in the concert and marching band, winter percussion and jazz band. He has been recognized as Indiana Rising Star, awarded best student in Algebra II, German I, German III, AP Physics I and Pre-Calculus. He has worked at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. Currently he plans to attend Purdue University and pursue a career in Actuarial Science or Data Science.

Hannah Blake is the first alternate and is the daughter of Wayne and Dana Blake.

Kayla Blake, second alternate, is also the daughter of Wayne and Dana Blake.

After the Spencer 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.