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Lilly Endowment Community Scholar – Vermillion County Named

Evan Galloway has been named the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Vermillion County.   Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. This is the 42nd Vermillion County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for 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 eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects scholars with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Mr. Galloway, of North Vermillion High School, has plans to attend Rose Hulman Institute of Technology or Purdue University and obtain an electrical engineering degree.  Evan ranks 2nd in his graduating class of 61 with a 4.17 GPA with 49 credits earned.  He will graduate with a Core 40 Academic Honors diploma.

Evan has been involved in numerous clubs, organizations and sporting activities as he pursued his high school education including: four year National Honor Society member with an office each year, Academic Super Bowl member with social studies captain two years and science captain one year, four year member student government officer holding office each year; four year football, senior captain with three year letterman, wrestling and junior captain, swim team  sophomore captain within MVP and Mental Attitude awards/ 2 year letterman, four year member track and 2 year letterman ; involved in school musicals backstage and a minor role on stage.

Evan takes it to heart being a mentor to younger students to encourage them academically and socially. He enjoys volunteering at school helping with junior high and high school track meets which includes working the Banks of the Wabash event. He has assisted with the Farmers Market especially involved with the fitness portion for children.

Besides balancing school, academic activities, volunteerism, Evan has been employed each summer.  Last summer he worked 40 hours a week with Chris Davis Roofing.  Several references in his application commented on the level of maturity, drive, dedication, work ethic and positive character Evan demonstrates in all his does.

One of Mr. Galloway’s references wrote, “Evan is actively engaged in the (learning) process. He enjoys talking about what his is learning, he wants to have a complete understanding, he strives to look at every side of a question or answer, and he likes to think critically and ask questions. He goes beyond just what is required and consistently pursues knowledge just to have knowledge.  He asks questions because he is genuinely curious even when he understands the standard that is being taught and his questions connect to higher learning.

The letter of recommendation continues “Evan is a person of integrity. He is a leader in the building, in his grade, and on the field.  This is one of things that helps to separate Evan from others. While most academic students have leadership roles and balance great deal of different activities, jobs, and roles; Evan has a unique ownership to this.  If Evan is going to be a part of something, he is going to give it 100%. He isn’t going to join something or become a member if he doesn’t think that he will be able to give it at the attention and time that it needs. Because of this Evan is reliable and accountable for the things that he signs up for.”

During Evan’s interview it was evident he has purposely selected classes, employment and activities that would enhance his own experiences and education for his long- and short-term goals. After earning his electrical engineering degree, he intends to work in the aeronautical field with the long-term aspiration to be an astronaut.

Sixteen Vermillion County students applied for this year’s Lilly Scholarship.  The first phase of the selection process was for a team of school staff to nominate 6 students for scholarship from their respective school.

During the second phase of the selection process, the selection committee scored the applications based on five criteria for the students from the home school. The criteria include goal statement, academic performance, community/non-school service, special situation and personal references. The North Vermillion selection committee scored the North Vermillion nominees, and the South Vermillion selection committee scored the South Vermillion applicants.  After the applications had been scored individually by the home school committees, home school committees conducted the first round of interviews.  The four students with the highest scored applications with an interview score were invited to continue the scholarship process with an interview.

The third phase of the selection process for the four finalist was a second interview with the opposite school committee.  Following the final scoring, three finalists were forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final selection of the Vermillion County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.

Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-1999 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling in excess of $439 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.

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.

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