Semifinalists announced for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

BLOOMINGTON – The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) has announced the semifinalists for the 2022 Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Congratulations to these exceptional MCCSC students:

  • Paolo Ansaldo, Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship
  • Roudra Chatterjea, Bloomington High School North
  • Lucy Clarke, Bloomington High School North
  • Ella Francis, Bloomington High School North
  • Alexandra Gryszowka, Bloomington High School South
  • Layaan Hajiyev, Bloomington High School South
  • Alexandra King, Bloomington High School North
  • Chantelle Miller, Bloomington High School South
  • Sophia Ramlo, Bloomington High School South
  • Mathilde Robinson, Bloomington High School South
  • Isabel Schneider, Bloomington High School North
  • Faith Stimson, Bloomington High School North
  • Eva Stuart, Bloomington High School South
  • Anh Tran, Bloomington High School North
  • Isabella Vesperini, Bloomington High School South
  • Zander West, Bloomington High School South
  • Kaitlyn Wong, Bloomington High School North

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are awarded four-year, full-tuition scholarships to pursue baccalaureate degrees at colleges or universities in Indiana. The scholarship also includes up to $900 annually for required textbooks and equipment. In Monroe County, two students are awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships each year.

Monroe County’s semifinalists were selected from among 93 applications submitted by students from five of the ten high schools that serve Monroe County. Eligible schools include The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Covenant Christian School, Bloomington Graduation School, Bloomington High School North, Bloomington High School South, Edgewood High School, Harmony School, Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics & Humanities, Lighthouse Christian Academy, and Seven Oaks Classical School.

Applications for the 2022 scholarship were blindly reviewed and independently scored by representatives from each high school to identify semifinalists. The number of semifinalists identified is reflective of each school’s senior class size.

Each semifinalist has been invited to submit an updated application, which includes additional application questions and recommendations. Applications for the finalist round are due September 23. The Community Foundation’s Scholarship Selection Committee will then evaluate the completed semifinalist applications. This committee, made up of community members and former Monroe County Lilly Scholars, blindly reviews and scores applications from the semifinalists to select ten finalists. In selecting recipients for the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic performance, and leadership potential.

Finalists will be identified and interviewed in October, and finalist interview scores will be combined with scoring from the written application. The finalists’ rankings, along with the committee’s recommendations for scholarship nominees, will be submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. for final selection of scholarship recipients for Monroe County. The two 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for Monroe County will be named in December 2021.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) 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.