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2020 Parke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

The Parke County Community Foundation has announced the results of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholar Award selection process. Parke Heritage High School senior Macy Kent has been awarded a four-year full-tuition scholarship to any accredited Indiana college or university.

Macy is the daughter of Kendall & James Coniglio of Rockville and Edward Kent of Covington. She plans to attend Butler University to pursue a degree in English or Pre-law. She hopes to be a publication editor or a copyright lawyer upon graduation. Macy is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Academic Bowl, Interact, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Girls Golf, Track and Field, FCCLA, Concert and Pep Band, Girl Scouts, Rockville Christian Church Youth Group, and is currently the PH Class Treasurer. Macy currently is ranked 1st in her class with a 4.321 GPA.

Of the award, Kent stated, “Winning the Parke County Lilly Scholarship is now, unarguably, my greatest accomplishment. Upon being bestowed this great gift, a weight has been lifted off of not only my shoulders, but off of my parents’ as well. I am no longer plagued with worry over the financial side of my future and instead am able to revel in pure awe of what my future will amount to. I plan to make a sizable impact on the world and the Lilly Endowment Scholarship is just the thing to really get me started. I would like to thank everyone at the Parke County Community Foundation (especially the panel who conducted my interview), everyone at the Lilly Endowment, and everyone in the community who has impacted me in ways that I cannot even fathom. Thank you. A million times, thank you.”

In addition to tuition, the scholarship includes an annual stipend of $900 to cover the cost of required books, equipment and fees. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholar was nominated from numerous applications submitted. The Foundation utilizes a scholarship selection sub-committee comprised of individuals not associated in any other capacity with the Foundation. Finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are then forwarded to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final selection. Independent Colleges of Indiana is a non-profit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree-granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state and is the statewide administrator of the scholarship program.

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