Press release from the Ripley County Community Foundation
(Milan, Ind.) - One Ripley County student has been named recipient of a full tuition, four-year scholarship as the Ripley County Community Foundation 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Ada Elizabeth Smith will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Jeremy Smith and Paula Karsteter of Milan. She is a senior at Milan High School and plans to major in chemistry/pre-medicine.
The RCCF scholarship committee is composed of Ripley County residents representing all areas of the county. The committee is not aware of whose application they are viewing as names and schools of students applying for the scholarships are removed from the applications. At the interviews of the finalists, the students are only introduced by their first names, allowing for as much objectivity as possible.
There were 54 applicants for this award in Ripley County this year drawing from six high schools. Five outstanding students were chosen as finalists for these prestigious awards. After the Ripley County Community Foundation scholarship committee narrowed the field to five nominees, the finalists’ names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
Each Ripley County finalist not receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be awarded one of the Ripley County Community Scholarships of $1,000. Those receiving the 2011 Ripley County Community Foundation Scholarships are Jessica Bosse, Oldenburg Academy, daughter of Gerard and Paula Bosse of Batesville; Brooke Gilland, Jac-Cen-Del High School, daughter of Steve and Julie Gilland of Osgood; Arielle Noel, Milan High School, daughter of Holly Noel of Milan; and Meghan Wanstrath, Oldenburg Academy, daughter of Matt and Sherri Wanstrath of Batesville.