Press release from the Ohio County Community Foundation
(Rising Sun, Ind.) - Alyson Minks, member of the 2013 graduating class of Rising Sun High School, has been named the recipient of a four year, full-tuition scholarship as the Ohio County Community Foundation 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Alyson is the daughter of Britt and Tonia Minks of Rising Sun.
Alyson will receive full tuition to the Indiana College or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Jenna Kendrick has been named as the scholarship alternate. Jenna is the daughter of Bryce and Jodi Kendrick of Rising Sun.
Alyson is presently tied to rank first in her graduating class. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Alyson played on the Rising Sun High School soccer team all through high school and served as the Team Captain her sophomore and senior years. She was named All-Sectional her freshman and sophomore years and was named Defensive MVP her junior year.
Alyson is a four year member of the Rising Sun High School Student Council. She is a member of the Prom Committee, SADD, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and the Spanish Club. She attended Hoosier Girls State her senior year. She is an active member of her church where she helps teach Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and Wee Worship, volunteers for the Blessings Mall and participates in Youth Group. Alyson’s community activities include volunteering for the Relay for Life, AIM Basketball and Hoxworth Blood Drive. Alyson serves as a mentor to young girls in the community through the My Empowerment program organized by the Ohio County Extension. She is a ten-year member of the Ohio County 4H program and several of her projects have gone to the State Fair. She presently works at the Waters of Rising Sun afterschool and during the summer.
Alyson will attend the University of Indianapolis where she has been accepted into the Occupational Therapy program to work toward her Bachelor’s then Master’s Degree. Alyson stated, “When reading the letter announcing I had received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, my Mom and I both cried. I was flooded with surprise, appreciation and total, complete happiness. This scholarship is such a blessing to me and my family and I cannot even begin to express my gratitude."
The Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is proud to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Ohio County. This past fall, ten 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 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 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program is the result of a state wide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education”, stated Stephanie Scott, OCCF Program Coordinator. “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”, stated Scott.
The Ohio County Community Foundation is located at 330 Industrial Access 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.