Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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The 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Catherine Fisher

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Catherine Fisher

The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County Announces
2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient


            One local student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County’s 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
            Madison Consolidated High School senior Catherine Fisher has been selected as the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.  Catherine will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
            Catherine is currently considering attending the University of Notre Dame and Butler University.  She is planning to major in English.  Catherine is the daughter of Steve and Sarah Fisher.  She actively participates in National Honor Society, Varsity Soccer, Tennis, 4-H, the Southpaws 4-H Dog Club, Team LEAD, and FFA at the state and national level. Catherine has participated in Hoosier Girls State, The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference, and her photography has been published and displayed across the state.       
            “It is humbling to be chosen as the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from such an excellent group of finalists,” Catherine said.  “I am excited to represent the county which has continually granted me with wonderful opportunities.  I am grateful that the Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program have honored me with this prestigious award that will have such a positive impact on my life.”
            Thirty-one Jefferson County students applied for the scholarship this year, and six finalists were chosen.  Including Fisher, the six finalists (and their schools) were:  Madeline Holland (Madison), Claire Lostutter (Madison), Emma Staicer (Madison), Taylor Strouse (Madison), and Annabelle Vosmeier (Southwestern).  Holland, Lostutter, Staicer, Strouse, and Vosmeier will each receive a $1,000 Community Foundation Scholar Award for their efforts and achievements. 
             Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship on behalf of the Lilly Endowment.  ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, 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.  There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.