Abigail Cole is Switzerland County’s 2020-2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient for Switzerland County is Abigail Cole.

Abby is the daughter of Darrin & Kathy Cole of Vevay.  She participated in band during all four years of high school and has received numerous awards and honors.  Abby is currently ranked third in her class.  She has volunteered for several organizations in the community and works part time at Uptown Pizza.  Abby will be majoring in music education and is unsure at this time which Indiana college or university she will be attending. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree.  It also covers all required fees and up to $900 per year for required books and equipment.  It does not cover room, board or travel expenses.  Students receiving the scholarship must attend an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. 

The Community Foundation’s selection committee reviewed ten applications this year.  The applicants were evaluated on academics, financial need, activities (school activities, community service, and work experience), and writing samples.  The selection committee used a blind process to evaluate the applications, meaning committee members did not know whose applications they were evaluating.  After the Community Foundation’s selection committee selected the recipient, they submitted their recommendation to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), who made the final decision on the scholarship recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state.  Lilly Endowment, Inc. contracts with them to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

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.

Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, since its inception in 1998.  To date, 4,912 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded.

Anyone interested in learning more information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program in Switzerland County can contact Melissa Andrew at the Community Foundation’s office at 812-427-9160 or mandrew@cfsci.org

Community Foundation of Switzerland County Inc.

303 Ferry St, Vevay, IN 47043
Phone: (812) 427-9160