Return to Headlines

Jonathan Ott named 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

Franklin Community Schools is excited to announce that the Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) named FCHS senior, Jonathan Ott, a 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient.  Ott was one of three recipients in the county and was chosen out of nearly 60 applicants based on impressive community service and academic dedication throughout their high school careers.  

Stephanie Fox, Program Officer for Scholarships stated, “The Scholarship Committee is repeatedly impressed by the high caliber students that we are able to review during the Lilly scholarship cycle each year. It is an extremely competitive process, and we are grateful to have a dedicated committee who undertakes the task of reviewing and nominating our recipients each year.”

This is the 22nd year that the Johnson County Community Foundation has administered the program locally and the second year in recent history that the county has been able to award three deserving students with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each year, the 12-member Johnson County scholarship committee puts a great deal of time and thought into nominating these scholars. Applicants were evaluated based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership, and good character.  Finalists were then invited to the interview round, from which final nominations were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipients.

Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program statewide and provides final review and selection of the recipients.  ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. 

Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, one of the primary goals of the initiative has been to raise the level of education attainment in Indiana.  Although Indiana still ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree, the program awards 143 scholarships to deserving Indiana students each year

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.