Two Putnam County students have been named recipients of full-tuition, four-year scholarships as the Putnam County Community Foundation's 2009 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars (LECS).
Arnold, daughter of Troy and Marsha Arnold, Fillmore, is accepted at two Indiana higher education institutions (Butler University and Purdue University). Tabitha plans to major in pharmacy. Her career goal is to pursue licensure as a doctor of pharmacy.
Heavin, son of Melinda Heavin, Coatesville, is accepted at four Indiana higher education institutions (Butler University, DePauw University, Franklin College and Marion College). Tyler plans to major in chemistry/biology (pre-medical). His career goal is to become a board certified emergency physician.
Finalists nominated for awards were submitted to 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 216 scholarships awarded statewide.