Press release from the Ohio County Community Foundation
(Rising Sun, Ind.) - A Rising Sun High School student has been named the recipient of a four year, full-tuition scholarship as the Ohio County Community Foundation 2011 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Alison Ande, member of the 2011 graduating class of Rising Sun High School, will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of her choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Brittany Benning has been named as the scholarship alternate. Brittany is the daughter of Allan and Sherri Benning of Rising Sun.
Alison is the daughter of Robert and Sandy Walker of Rising Sun. She is presently ranked 3rd in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has received High Honors and Gold Medal Academic Awards. Alison is a member of the Rising Sun High School Concert Band and Color Guard. She has held the title of First Flute, First Chair the past three years. She recently received the “Hardest Worker” Award during Band Camp for the Flag Corp. Alison is a Varsity Cheerleader and has participated in Basketball and Soccer. She is a past Vice-President and present Secretary of the FCCLA and serves as the Committee Chairperson of the Spanish Club. Alison has participated in the Ohio County 4-H program and has been awarded the Archery Reserve Grand Champion and Foods Grand Champion. Alison is a volunteer for the Hoxworth Blood Drive, Tommy’s Afterschool Activities, the Beautiful Organization and the Canned Food Drive sponsored by the FCCLA. She is an active member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ and works part-time during the summer and weekends at Little Farm on the River Camp Ground in Rising Sun.
Alison found out she was the recipient of the 2011 Ohio County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship at school. Alison and her family were not at home to accept the certified letter notifying her of her scholarship status the day it was delivered. Alison’s Mom, Sandy, is an employee of Rising Sun High School where Alison attends. Sandy went to the post office Monday morning and picked up the letter. Alison told her mom she could open the letter because every time she opened her mail it contained good news. Sandy returned to the high school and opened the letter outside of Alison’s first period class. Alison could see her Mom from inside the classroom. She knew by the expression on her Mom’s face and her gasp, “You won!” that she had received the scholarship. Mrs. Thiesing, Alison’s teacher, gave her and her Mom some time to celebrate before resuming class.
“I was a very excited person when I realized I had been selected,” stated Alison. “My dream has been to attend the University of Evansville. I could not have afforded to attend this college without the help of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. I am so grateful.” The University of Evansville is a private college. Alison plans to pursue a degree in Athletic Training/Physical Therapy.
The Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is proud to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Ohio County. This past fall, seventeen scholarship applications were submitted from the senior class of Rising Sun High School. The scholarship selection includes three processes: the application, a one page essay and a personal interview. The applications were reviewed and scored by members of the OCCF Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of seven Ohio County residents with an interest in education and who serve in a leadership capacity within the community. The scores are based on the scholarship criteria which include academics, financial need, and extra-curricular activities; a one page written essay; and the applicant’s college preparation which includes the applicant’s overall potential to succeed in college. Five finalists were selected based on their application score and were interviewed individually by members of the selection committee. After the interview process, the OCCF scholarship selection committee selected one nominee and one alternate. The finalists’ applications were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for approval.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the results of a state wide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
The Ohio County Community Foundation is located at 591 Smart Drive, Rising Sun. For information concerning the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or other scholarships administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please call 812-438-9401.