Henry County Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient

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Hannah Poor, a senior at Shenandoah High School, has been named recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Henry County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Poor will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Hannah Poor
Hannah Poor

“Upon discovering that the Henry County Community Foundation had chosen me to be this year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient, I was overjoyed at the realization of how blessed I truly am,” said Poor. “I am honored to be able to represent Shenandoah, the New Castle Career Center, and Henry County as a whole in this manner. I’m thankful to the foundation and to the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Committee for this blessing and to my God who has given me a passion to impact the world around me.”

Hannah plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University to study elementary education and is the daughter of David and Debbie Poor.  Hannah participates in the Shenandoah 4-H Club, National Honor Society, the high school band, and the tennis team. She has been involved with the Mt. Zion Wesleyan Church youth group, United Fund Day of Caring, Kids R Golden, and is a Shenandoah Middle School tennis volunteer.

(Back row, l-r: Macy Burton, Hannah Tollett, George Gray, Haley Halstead; Front row, l-r: Hannah Poor and Kelsey West)
(Back row, L-R: Macy Burton, Hannah Tollett, George Gray, Haley Halstead; Front row: Hannah Poor and Kelsey West)

The finalists for the Henry County Community Foundation 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are Macy Burton, Knightstown High School; Hannah Tollett, Hagerstown High School; George Gray, New Castle High School; Haley Halstead, Blue River Jr. Sr. High School; and Kelsey West, Tri Jr. Sr. High School.

Every graduating senior attending Blue River Valley High School, Hagerstown High School, Knightstown Community High School, New Castle High School, Shenandoah High School, Tri High School and Union High School, who is also a Henry County resident, is eligible to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each high school nominates one student to represent their school in the Henry County Community Foundation’s scholarship nomination process. After the Foundation’s scholarship committee narrows the field to three finalists, their names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the Henry County recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. This scholarship is the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.