Kayla Patrick earns 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Kayla Patrick.
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Kayla Patrick, a member of the Huntington North High School Class of 2013, is this year's recipient of the four-year, full-tuition Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, award-ed through the Huntington County Community Foundation, gives Patrick full tuition to Purdue University, as well as an annual $900 stipend for required books and equipment.

She will pursue an undergraduate degree in either mechanical or aerospace engineering.

Patrick is the daughter of Kevin and Cynthia Patrick, of Huntington.

During her HNHS career she has participated as a three-sport athlete, Freshmen Mentor and member of the Student Athletic Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Honor Society.

Patrick was the HNHS 2012-2013 Wendy's Heisman winner. Her community service includes volunteering with L.A.- C.E., the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, as well as assisting with the development of a community diversity project through the Harmony Initiative Task Force.

A 10-year member of 4-H, Patrick has volunteered for landscaping and highway clean-up projects and in rabbit breeding won the State Fair Grand Champion Best of Show. She also organized the Midnight Madness Run/Walk for a Reason and the January 2013 Diversity Day at HNHS.

A total of 18 Huntington County high school seniors applied this year. After reviewing their "blind" applications the HCCF Scholarship Committee, comprised of six community volunteers, invited nine candidates to be interviewed. The committee then chose three students to select for a second interview. After these interviews and making its final decision, the scholarship committee submitted the name of its nominee and one alternate to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for approval of the selection of the Lilly scholarship recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Indiana.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.

Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree.

There were 142 Lilly scholarships awarded statewide this year.