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Orleans Senior Matthew Ross Named 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Last updated on Thursday, December 20, 2018

(ORLEANS) - The 2019 Orange County Community Foundation’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar is Matthew Ross, a senior at Orleans Junior-Senior High School.

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He is the son of Phil and Heather Ross and plans to attend Indiana University to study biology and pre-medicine. His goal is to become a doctor.

Ross received a full-tuition scholarship to any four-year accredited public or private college or university in Indiana with an annual $900 stipend for books. He was one of 39 applicants that applied for the scholarship. The field was then narrowed down to 10 finalists. Those were Hunter Morgan of Orleans; Isaiah Jones, Emma Osborn, Sierra Rodewig, Madison Street, Rachel Umpleby, and Eric Wang, all of Paoli; and Sara McClelland and Reed Tarr, both of Springs Valley.

Ross was captain of both the track and cross country teams and is the trumpet section leader for the Bulldog Regiment marching, concert, and pep bands. He is a member of the National Honor Society and is the founder and program director of the Orleans chapter's new service, leadership and scholarship education series for freshmen. Ross also is a member of French Club, Pep Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

He serves as captain of the social studies, math and interdisciplinary Academic Super Bowl squads and is a founding member of the Orleans High School Robotics team, the Orbotz. Ross has held the office of secretary/treasurer of that organization. He has also participated in the Brain Games competition for several years, and he is an active member of Orange County 4-H.

A member of the Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council, he is in his third year as president. Ross also was named an Indiana Academic All-Star by the Indiana Association of School Principals, and he has reached the level of Eagle Scout. He has served as senior patrol leader and is also a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, an honor society within scouting that is focused on service and fellowship.

Ross volunteered his time as a member of the Orleans Community Schools High-Ability Committee, helping out at the Backpacks of Blessings annual fundraiser, playing "Taps" and the national anthem at sporting events and tutoring.

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