Press release from the Dearborn Community Foundation
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Two Dearborn County high school seniors recently learned they are the recipients of a prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS). The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF) awarded the full-tuition scholarships to East Central High School seniors Jenna Beck and Amanda Hornbach.
The Foundation staff and members of the board of directors and the scholarship committee notified the 2011 LECS recipients and their families during a surprise visit to their homes on Tuesday evening, March 29. Beck and Hornbach receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to the Indiana college of their choice along with an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
“The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents,” said Fred McCarter, Executive Director of DCF.
“Jenna and Amanda are two fine young women who were selected among an excellent group of applicants for the high honor of receiving the Lilly scholarships,” McCarter said. “Our community should be very proud of these two honor students and the other four finalists for this prestigious award.”
Beck, the daughter of Debora and Thomas Beck, Bright, is undecided on what college she will attend to study Landscape Architecture. During her high school career, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the Academic Team, Destination Imagination, 4-H, Spanish Club, FCCLA, and in the National FFA Organization. Beck was a co-captain of CYO Volleyball all four years in high school. Her community activities include significant volunteering: planted garden for local food pantry; made and donated dog treats for Dearborn County PAWS; volunteering at church summer and fall festival; raking leaves for senior citizens; helping construct a playground for special needs students; providing care packages for local farmers; helping to organize Special Olympics Winter Formal; and donated hair to Locks of Love. Beck also found time to work on the family farm and other jobs.
Hornbach, the daughter of Donna and Daniel Hornbach, West Harrison, is undecided on what college she will attend to study Speech-Language Pathology. At East Central, she was a member of National Honor Society, the Comprehensive Percussion Ensemble, Academic Team, Trojan Orientation Program, and Math Club. Hornbach’s community activities include significant volunteerism: National Honor Society Tutor; worked at food pantry; Bible School Leader at Dearborn Hills United Methodist Church; American Cancer Society Relay-For-Life participant; work at Dearborn Hills church festival and dinners. She also found time for a summertime job throughout high school.
DCF administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) Program in Dearborn County for Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. A six-member scholarship committee and the DCF staff annually review each application during Phase I of the scholarship process. During Phase I, committee members know applicants only by a number assigned to them. Each committee member assigns scores to each applicant based on an essay written to address a specific question. DCF assigns additional scores based on history of parental college education, financial need, cumulative academic scores (includes SAT, ACT & GPA), and number of family dependents.
Based on the highest total scores during Phase I of the process, six Lilly finalists are chosen, two from each school corporation area in Dearborn County. In late February, the finalists complete Phase II of the selection process, which consists of a personal interview, including a PowerPoint presentation to the scholarship committee and writing an impromptu essay on a specific topic.
The scholarship committee then selects two nominees to receive the two scholarships allotted to Dearborn County, based on highest cumulative scores from Phase II of the scholarship process. The Foundation board of directors approves the two nominees and the nominees’ information is then sent to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), a non-profit corporation and represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state. The ICI Selection Committee, made up of Indiana public and private college representatives, community foundation members and graduate scholarship recipients, reviews the nominations and forwards its endorsement to DCF in late March.
The four remaining LECS finalists are recognized as 2011 Dearborn Community Foundation Scholarship recipients. Each student receives a $1,000 educational grant paid directly to the student’s school. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years of secondary education at the college or university of the student’s choice. The Foundation is pleased to award the 2011 DCF scholarships to: Hannah Schmahl, South Dearborn High School; Caitlin Whitaker, South Dearborn High School; Jacob Zerbe, Lawrenceburg High School; and Lindsay Hubble, The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities (resides in Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation area).