Martin Is Ohio County’s Lilly Scholarship Recipient

Posted On April 04, 2014

Press release from the Ohio County Community Foundation

Austin Martin provided

Austin Martin

(Ohio County, Ind.) – Austin Martin, member of the 2014 graduating class of Rising Sun High School, has been named the recipient of a four year, full-tuition scholarship as the Ohio County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Austin is the son of Joe and Sharon Martin of Rising Sun.

Austin will receive full tuition to the Indiana College or university of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Sydney Elliott has been named as the scholarship alternate. Sydney is the daughter of Dennis and Angie Elliott of Rising Sun.

Austin is ranked seventh in his graduating class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. In his spare time, Austin enjoys working on cars with his Dad.

Austin has participated in Track & Field all four years of high school. He has been named MVP, Scoring Champion, All-Conference, All-Sectional, All Regional and All-State during his track career. He holds down an afterschool, weekend and summer job at Wal-Mart in Aurora.

Austin loves to play video games. He enjoys the technology part of gaming and how it evolves. That’s why he plans to attend Indiana University – Bloomington to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Game Studies and Software Engineering. Austin stated, “When I opened my letter telling me I had received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship my first reaction was disbelief. Then relief set in and a huge amount of stress was lifted off my shoulders as to how I was going to pay for college. I texted my girlfriend and she came over and we shared the news with my family. Everyone was so excited. I want to thank the Ohio County Community Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and the Scholarship Selection Committee for being selected as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. It is a wonderful opportunity for me and I am excited start my studies this fall at Indiana University.”

The Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is proud to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Ohio County. This past fall, eighteen scholarship applications were submitted from the senior class of Rising Sun High School. The scholarship selection includes three processes: the application, a one page essay and a personal interview. The applications were reviewed and scored by members of the OCCF Scholarship Selection Committee, comprised of Ohio County residents with an interest in education and who serve in a leadership capacity within the community.  The scores are based on the scholarship criteria which include academics, financial need, and extra-curricular activities, sports activities and employment; a one page written essay; and the applicant’s college preparation which includes the applicant’s overall potential to succeed in college. Five finalists were selected based on their application score and were interviewed individually by members of the selection committee.  After the interview process, the OCCF scholarship selection committee selected one nominee and one alternate.  The finalists’ applications were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for approval.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

“The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program is the result of a state wide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education”, stated Stephanie Scott, OCCF Program Coordinator.  “Indiana ranks among the lowest states in percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.  There were 143 scholarships awarded this year statewide”, stated Scott.

The Ohio County Community Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and Scholarship Selection Committee would like to congratulate Austin Martin for being named the 2014 Ohio County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.


The Ohio County Community Foundation is located at 330 Industrial Access Drive, Rising Sun.  For information concerning the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or other scholarships administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please call 812-438-9401.