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Franklin Co. HS Student Receives Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Posted On December 06, 2017

Press release by Franklin County Community Foundation

(Brookville, Ind.) – One student from Franklin County has been named recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Franklin County Community Foundation 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Lauren Klei will receive full tuition to an Indiana accredited public or private nonprofit college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Semi-finalists Autumn McDaniel, a Franklin County High School student who is the daughter of Chris and Kendra McDaniel, and Trevor Murray, a Franklin County High School student, who is the son of Joshua and Brandy Murray, will receive $500 scholarships from the FCCF operational fund.

Lauren Klei of Brookville is the daughter of Brian and Melissa Klei. A Franklin County High School student, Lauren is the current President and three-year member of Champions Together as well as a member of the National Honor Society, Unified Track Team, MCATZ and Bleacher Bums. She is also on the Tennis Team, a member of Spanish Club and is a four-year member and Captain of the Dance Catz. She volunteers for Special Olympics, the Klemme’s Corner UCC Fall Festival and the Walnut Hills Soup Kitchen.

Lauren intends to pursue a career in Orthodontics. “I have been fascinated with the dental world since I was a freshman in high school when I shadowed at a practice,” she said. “It was during my visit that I became very enthusiastic about the career of an orthodontist. I want my career to be something I can engross myself in yet enjoy at the same time, and I think this career path is the perfect way to balance these.”

The three semi-finalists were selected from 36 applications submitted from accredited high school seniors who are residents of Franklin County. A volunteer scholarship selection committee interviewed the students. Committee members selected are perceived as well respected and objective. Members of the scholarship selection committee are not members of the Franklin County Community Foundation Board of Directors or staff.

After the selection committee narrowed the field, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipient. 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: 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of the 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. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide for 2017-18 adding to a total of over $372 million provided by Lilly Endowment for tuition and book stipends to date.

The Franklin County Community Foundation is proud of every high school graduate in Franklin County. Choosing a student to represent our community is a difficult process for the Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee.  The FCCF Scholarship committee will be meeting soon to select the recipients of more than 50 additional scholarships the Foundation awards – scholarships that are created and funded by Franklin County citizens.

For more information about the Franklin County Community Foundation, visit www.franklincountyindiana.com or call (765) 647-6810.