Oldenburg Student Is Ripley Co. Full-Ride Lilly Scholarship Winner
Press release from the Ripley County Community Foundation
(Ripley County, Ind.) – One Ripley County student has been named recipient of a full tuition, four-year scholarship as the Ripley County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Isaiah Frey will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Isaiah is the son of James and Elizabeth Frey of Batesville and is a senior at Oldenburg Academy planning to major in engineering. He is undecided on his college choice.
Isaiah stated Tuesday at the announcement held at his high school, “I’d just like to express my gratitude to Lilly Endowment and the Ripley County Community Foundation for opening so many doors for me. Also I would like to give a special thank-you to my family and friends for giving me support through the whole process. One thing I can say for sure is it’s the best April Fool’s surprise I’ve ever received!”
The RCCF scholarship committee is composed of Ripley County residents representing all areas of the county. The committee is not aware of whose application they are viewing as names and schools of students applying for the scholarship are removed from the applications. At the interviews of the finalists, the students are only introduced by their first names, allowing for as much objectivity as possible.
There were 54 applicants for this award in Ripley County this year drawing from seven high schools. Five outstanding students were chosen as finalists for this prestigious award. After the Ripley County Community Foundation scholarship committee narrowed the field to five nominees, the finalists’ applications were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment 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 143 scholarships awarded statewide.
Each RipleyCounty finalist not receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be awarded one of the Ripley County Community Scholarships of $1,500. Those receiving the 2014 Ripley County Community Foundation Scholarships are Cassandra Dickey, Batesville High School, daughter of James and Sandy Dickey of Batesville; Hayley Fossett, South Ripley High School, granddaughter of Barbara Bowling of Versailles; Amanda Richter, East Central High School, daughter of Gregory and Melissa Richter; and Austin Wagner, Jac-Cen-Del High School, son of Dennis and Flora Wagner of Osgood.