Leedy, Miller win LIlly four-year scholarships

Daniel Leedy (left) and Karissa Miller.
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Two Huntington North High School students have been named recipients of full four-year scholarships as the Huntington County Community Foundation 2009 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Daniel Leedy and Karissa Miller will each receive full tuition to the Indiana college of their choice and an $800 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Leedy plans to attend Butler University and major in Pharmacy. He is the son of Thomas and Susan Leedy, of Huntington.

While at Huntington North High School, Leedy was a member of National Honor Society, the tutoring program, freshman mentoring program, peer tutors for special needs, and Student Athletic Board. He was involved in Boy Scouts and also volunteered at the hospital and library.
Miller, the daughter of Keith and Dawn Miller, Huntington, will major in the medical field at Butler University.

While a student at Huntington North High School, Miller was involved in WVSH radio broadcasting, Student Athletic Board, peer tutoring, National Honor Society and freshman mentoring. She was the boys' tennis manager and participated in tennis and soccer. Miller was also a Youth for Christ student leader and was active in her youth group. She volunteered at Parkview Hospital and was involved in the Junior Leadership Academy.

The Huntington County Community Foundation received 30 applications for its two Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. Applicants were required to be Huntington County residents, high school graduates by 2009, and accepted to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private Indiana college.

The scholarship committee, made up of Lee Bowers, Tom Ayers, Becky Gerhart and Jim Scheiber, considered academic performance, honors and awards, personal statement of goals, community service and volunteer activities, work experience, school activities and personal statement of need in the selection process.

After the Huntington County Community Foundation Scholarship Committee narrowed the field to two nominees and one alternate, the finalists' names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients.

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

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 216 scholarships awarded statewide.