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Teusch named 2023 Lilly Scholar

Huntington North High School senior Janna Teusch is the 2023 Lilly endowment Community Scholarship recipient, officials with the Huntington County Community Foundation announced Wednesday, Dec. 7.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.

“The scholarship committee is pleased to congratulate Janna Teusch and her family on being selected for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Dr. Janelle Maxwell-Pflieger, chair of the scholarship committee. “Janna conducted herself with poise and confidence throughout the application and interview process. Her commitment to study elementary education and have an impact on young lives in the classroom is inspiring and we are excited to see what her future holds.”

Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years. The scholarship is for undergraduate students studying on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects both current scholars and alumni with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and Indiana Humanities.

“I am truly honored to have been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” Teusch said. “I have been blessed to have family and friends who have poured continual encouragement and prayer over my life. I’m thankful for all of the educators and coaches that touched my life and inspired me along this journey. Most of all thank you to the Lilly Endowment for offering such a life-changing gift.”

Huntington County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar was nominated after an extensive selection process by the Community Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. The applicants’ names were redacted before the applications were sent to the scholarship committee. Each committee member individually evaluated applications and submitted their scores independently. The scores were compiled to select the applicants who would move onto the interview process.

After the first round of interviews, finalists were selected to advance to the second-round interview. From that process a nominee was chosen. After the field of applicants was narrowed down, the nominee was submitted to ICI, the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, which approves the final selection of scholarship recipients.

Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-99 school year and has supported the program every year since with grants totaling in excess of $486 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program areto help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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.