Twenty-two local high school seniors selected as semifinalists for the 2019 Monroe County Lilly Scholarship

Twenty-two local high school seniors have been selected as semifinalists for Monroe County’s 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The semifinalist round is new this year for Monroe County’s Lilly Endowment scholarship selection process. Semi-finalists were selected from applications submitted by students from each Monroe County high school. The number of semifinalists selected is reflective of the relative size of each Monroe County high school’s senior class.

Congratulations to Monroe County’s 2019 Lilly Scholarship semi-finalists:

  • Reeahna Abraham, Indiana Academy
  • Jerrett Alexander, Bloomington High School North
  • Sarah Cassidy, Edgewood High School
  • Caroline Cherry, Bloomington High School North
  • Aidan Crowley, Bloomington High School South
  • Jenna Deckard, Bloomington High School South
  • Christian Gettelfinger, Bloomington High School North
  • Logan Gillenwater, Edgewood High School
  • Grace Golden, Bloomington High School North
  • Hope Gummere, Bloomington High School South
  • Nidhi Krishnan, Bloomington High School South
  • Thomas McEvilly, Bloomington High School South
  • Anonya Mitra, Bloomington High School North
  • Jordan Monson, Bloomington High School South
  • Rose Nicholson, Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
  • Calvin Prenkert, Bloomington High School South
  • Jonathan Rickert, Bloomington High School North
  • Noelle Simoneaux, Edgewood High School
  • Caleb Waugh, Edgewood High School
  • Esther Whitney, Lighthouse Christian Academy
  • Xinyi Zhou, Bloomington High School North
  • Wilson Zinkan, Bloomington High School South

Monroe County’s two Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships to pursue baccalaureate degrees at colleges or universities in Indiana. The scholarship also includes up to $900 annually for required textbooks and equipment. In selecting recipients for the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic performance, and leadership potential. Applicants for the scholarship must attend one of these eligible schools: Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South, Edgewood High School, Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities, Bloomington Graduation School, and Lighthouse Christian Academy. Read Monroe County’s full Lilly Scholarship eligibility requirements.

This year’s 22 semifinalists were selected from among 69 applicants. Applications for the 2019 scholarship were blindly reviewed and independently scored by members of a scholarship committee at each Monroe County high school to identify semi-finalists. Next, the Community Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, which is made up of members of the community and former Monroe County Lilly Scholars, will blindly review and score applications from the semi-finalists to select ten finalists. Finalists for the scholarship will be identified in October.

Finalists will be interviewed, and their interview scores will be combined with scoring from the written application. The finalist’s rankings, along with the committee’s recommendations for scholarship recipients, will be submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. Independent Colleges of Indiana will affirm the scholarship recipients for Monroe County. Monroe County’s two 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in December 2018.

Since 1998, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has assisted more than 4,000 Indiana high school graduates statewide with more than $300 million in tuition to pursue baccalaureate degrees at Indiana colleges and universities. The program is administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana and community foundations in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

For more information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program or other scholarships administered by CFBMC, visit or contact Marcus Whited, Program Director at 812-333-9016 or

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On October 2nd, 2018, posted in: News by

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