Two Madison County high school seniors have earned four-year, full tuition scholarships as recipients of 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships.
Madicyn Hinton of Pendleton Heights High School and Emily Gaffney of Elwood Community High School will each receive four years full tuition and required fees to attend the Indiana college of their choice, as well as a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment. Hinton is the daughter of Ronald and Patricia Hinton and Gaffney is the daughter of Thomas and Ann Gaffney.
Gaffney, who has been actively involved in student government and academic contest at Elwood Community High School plans to earn a degree in Psychology and Civic Leadership. She plans to attend Purdue University School of Science and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) on the IUPUI campus.
Hinton, who has been actively involved in athletics at Pendleton Heights H.S. and also involved in church youth groups, plans to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering with the goal of a career in Orthopedic Engineering-Knee and Hip Replacement. Hinton is looking closely at attending either Purdue University or Grace College.
Applicants for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were judged on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, community service, a written essay, and financial need. Each of the six highest scoring applicants were interviewed by a committee selected by members of the Madison County Community Foundation and South Madison Community Foundation.
Four other students who were interviewed were each awarded $1000 Finalist Scholarships. Madison County Community Foundation and South Madison Community Foundation each contribute $500 toward these awards, which were awarded to Dalton Busch (Lapel High School), Brett DeWitt (Frankton High School), Connor Hall (Anderson High School) and Beau McGinnis (Pendleton Heights High School.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. After the Community Foundations’ Nomination Committee recommended Gaffney and Hinton for awards, the applications were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for an independent review and selection of those recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
— For The Herald Bulletin