Abigail appears pretty happy with the news.
Abigail appears pretty happy with the news.

Abigail Davis of Sheridan High School has been named a recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarships as part of the 2019 Boone County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. Davis will receive full tuition to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana and a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.

Davis, daughter of Richard and Nicole Davis of Whitestown, has served her community through Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Indiana as a school representative, junior staff member, and World Leadership Congress scholarship recipient. She is student body president, heavily engaged in the Free Lunch Club with Sheridan First United Methodist Church, and a Revolution of Hope volunteer. Additionally, Abigail is employed at the Sheridan Public Library, sings in the choir, and has a lifetime goal of completing 4,000 service hours in her community. She is planning to study environmental science and journalism at Butler University.

Abigail’s mother, who was also surprised with the news, said she was ecstatic and so proud of her daughter. She expressed her gratitude to all in attendance at the Boone County Community Foundation.

“Thanks to all of you. You are why Abby is here. This is a culmination of so many years of hard work,” Abigail’s mother said. “And, we don’t have to live off of Ramen Noodles next year with two kids in college!”

“Once again there was an outstanding group of applicants from Boone County," said Community Foundation President & CEO Kristi Reynolds. "The poise, talent, volunteerism, and work ethic of these students gives us so much confidence in the future leaders in our community. A special thank you to our committee of volunteers for their time and dedication, and congratulations to Abigail!” 

This year, 63 students applied for the Boone County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Nine finalists took part in an interview process and two nominees and two alternates were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. which selects the final recipients. The scholarship recipients are nominated by a committee of county-wide volunteers who evaluate each student’s community involvement, volunteerism, academic performance, work experience, extracurricular activities and awards and honors. Since the inception of the Lilly Scholars Program in 1998, CFBC has awarded the scholarship to 14 Lebanon High School seniors, 15 Western Boone seniors, 13 Zionsville Community High School seniors, two Sheridan High School seniors, and one Covenant Christian senior.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities, and 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. The Endowment hopes that this program will continue to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented student to attend one of Indiana’s higher education institutions and after graduation consider pursuing occupations in Indiana.