HNHS senior Smith is recipient of Lilly Endowment S-ship

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Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, a senior at Huntington North High School, is the recipient of the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, awarded through the Huntington County Community Foundation, affords Smith four years of otherwise unreimbursed full tuition and required fees to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana, as well as a special allocation of up to $900 for required books and equipment. She will attend Purdue University, pursuing a degree in Chemistry, possibly a minor in Forensic Science, with career plans of becoming a forensic chemist.

Smith is the daughter of Tina and Todd Smith, of LaFontaine. A National Honor Society member and secretary, her high school career has included participating in Rotary Interact Club, Class Council and Freshmen Mentoring. Her community volunteer efforts have benefited Kate’s Kart, Blessings in a Backpack, a local food shelter, the Wabash River cleanup and HNHS students as a tutor in math, science and English.
“I am extremely humbled and honored to be selected as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for Huntington County and for this opportunity as a whole,” said Smith. “It has been an amazing experience I’ll never forget.”

Twenty-four Huntington County high school seniors applied this year. After reviewing and scoring their applications, with personal information redacted, the HCCF Scholarship Committee, comprised of six community volunteers, invited eight candidates to an initial interview. After individually scoring each candidate’s interview performance, the committee re-tallied total scores to reveal which three students qualified for a second interview. After the second interviews and again scoring and re-tallying, the scholarship committee submitted the name of their nominee and two alternates to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final approval of their selection of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that serves as the collective voice for 30 regionally accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Indiana. Its Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program staff facilitates the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) are to 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. Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained committed to its belief that education at all levels is critical to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities.
Including this 23rd cohort, 4,769 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded and over $405 million in scholarship tuition has been provided through the LECSP since the program’s inception.