Lilly finalists earn scholarships as well


Lauren Daas (left) and Zachary Shearer. Photos provided.

Lauren Daas and Zachary Shearer, both of Huntington, have been awarded Huntington County Community Foundation scholarships as finalists in the competition for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Daas and Shearer will both graduate from Huntington North High School next month. Each will receive $1,500 per year over their four years of undergraduate studies.

Daas plans to attend Indiana University, Bloomington, to study business marketing. She is the daughter of Jane and Joel Daas.

Daas, president of the National Honor Society, has been active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth for Christ and freshmen mentoring and is editor-in-chief of the DEKA yearbook. She is a four-year member of the cross country and track and field teams and is a 4-H member. She has volunteered with Rotary Interact, Central Christian Church youth group, Youth for Christ and the HNHS girls' cross country team.

Her HCCF Lilly Finalist Scholarship is made possible by the Irvin and Loretta Murphy Scholarship Trust, which was transferred to HCCF in 2011.

Shearer plans to enroll at Indiana-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, where he will study business administration/management in order to expand the dog boarding business he has operated since fifth grade. He is the son of Julie and Gregory Shearer.

Shearer has been involved in the HNHS variety show, FFA, class council and freshmen mentoring. He is a graduate of the Huntington County Youth Leadership Academy. As a member of the Huntington County 4-H program, he was named senior pony gaming champion and received the 4-H Spirit Award. He has volunteered with Love INC, New Life meal ministry and mission trips to Kentucky.