LECS Scholarship Recipient
Grant Newcomb has been named the recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarship as the Washington County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Newcomb is a senior at Eastern High School. Earlier this week, he arrived at the office of the Washington County Community Foundation to perform community service work for the Washington County Youth Foundation, of which he is a member. Judy Johnson directed Newcomb to work on transferring some information from one database to the other, starting with his biography. The biography happened to contain one item that Newcomb was not aware of: 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
“I’m really shocked and blessed. So thankful,” stated Newcomb after questioning the line. “This will allow me to do more things since money is not as big of a worry. It’s a big relief.”
Newcomb plans to attend Purdue University in the fall and study Elementary Education. He is active in National Honor Society, Pep Club, Student Body President, Spanish Club President, Captain of the Basketball team, member of the Tennis team, a member of Renaissance and the Breakfast Club.
In the community, he is active in the Washington County Youth Foundation, Junior Leaders, 4H, Happily Ever After Project, and several other community events.
Congratulations to Grant, a leader in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
Twenty applications were turned in for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship to the Washington County Community Foundation. The WCCF has developed a score sheet and ranking based on criteria that includes: GPA, SAT/ACT scores, Financial Need, First Generation College Student, Activities, Community Service, Honors/Awards, and Essay. The top students are then chosen to interview in front of the WCCF Scholarship Committee. After the Washington County Community Foundation scholarship committee narrowed the field to 4 nominees, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.
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. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
Washington County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1993 to serve donors, award grants, and provide leadership to improve Washington County forever