4/4/2013 3:00:00 PM Chloe Griffin is 2013 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship
Chloe Griffin, a senior at Switzerland County High School, is the 2013 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship. Her selection was announced last Thursday morning at the Community Foundation of Switzerland County office. Shown here congratulating Chloe is Adam Cole, President of the Community Foundation. Also on hand were, in back, from left: Roy Leap and Wilma Swango, both of the Community Foundation board of directors; Switzerland County High School Principal Gregg Goewert; and Ryan and Vicki Griffin, Chloe’s parents.
The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. has announced that Switzerland County's 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient is Chloe Griffin.
Chloe is the daughter of Ryan and Vicki Griffin of East Enterprise.
In making the selection, the committee certainly chose a young lady who excels both inside and outside of school.
In school, she serves as the Indiana Business Professionals of America District 11/12 President, and was also the local chapter's President during her junior year. Chloe Griffin has also been an Academic Superbowl team captain; has been in cheerleading for all four years of high school; and serves as the Vice President of her class.
She also involved in student council, Key Club, Environmental Club; and earned inclusion on the Honor Roll for all four years she's been in high school.
Outside of school, Chloe Griffin has volunteered her time for many different community organizations and is currently completing a Science and Technology Co-op at Dow Corning.
She plans on attending Purdue University in the fall and majoring in either nuclear or chemical engineering.
"I am so excited," Chloe Griffin smiled at the announcement last Thursday morning. "I found out yesterday (Wednesday) while I was at work. I answered the call and it was very exciting."
She also credits her education here for steering her towards an interest in and a career in engineering.
"In sixth grade Mr. Spoores at the middle school convinced me to go to an engineering camp at Purdue University," Chloe Griffin said. "Ever since then I've been really interested in engineering. I went three more years consecutively, and kind of narrowed down by choices between nuclear and chemical; and now I'm in a co-op at Dow Corning as a chemical engineer."
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. It also covers all required fees and up to $900 per year for required books and equipment. Students receiving the scholarship must attend an Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools.
The Community Foundation's selection committee reviewed 10 applications this year. The applicants were evaluated on academics, financial need, activities (school activities, community service, and work experience), and writing samples. All four of the evaluation criteria were worth 25-percent each. The selection committee used a blind process to evaluate the applications, meaning committee members did not know whose applications they were evaluating.
After the Community Foundation's selection committee selected the recipient, they submitted their recommendation to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), who makes the final decision on the scholarship recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. Lilly Endowment, Inc. contracts with them to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program is the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment, Inc. 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 this year.
Anyone interested in learning more information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program can contact Pam Acton or Melissa Andrew at the Community Foundation's office. They are located at 303 Ferry Street in Vevay and can be reached at 427-9160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.