In addition to covering tuition, the award will cover all required fees, including a $900 book stipend per year, for four years to an accredited school in Indiana. There will be one recipient for Putnam County in 2012.
The finalists include:
-- Emily Gill of Greencastle High School, daughter of Glen and Martha Gill.
-- Sam Gould of South Putnam High School, son of Timothy and Mary Gould.
-- Olivia Humphreys of Greencastle High School, daughter of Brian and Kandace Humphreys.
-- Jared James of North Putnam High School, son of Ray and Jill James.
The four Putnam County seniors were selected as finalists following an extensive review process by the Lilly Selection Committee from the Putnam County Community Foundation.
The committee is made up of two voting members from each area school corporation. The process included a blind review for the first three phases, followed by a dinner in which the selection committee met with eight semi-finalists. It concluded with an individual interview with each of the four finalists.
The review process is based on scholastic abilities and intellectual pursuits, capacity to lead and motivate fellow students, social commitment and extracurricular involvement, and the ability to articulate career plans that demonstrate motivation and initiative.
The Putnam County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1985 to administer endowments, award grants and provide leadership, enriching the quality of life and strengthening community in Putnam County. The Foundation administers 225 funds and endowments for donors, supporting a variety of charitable purposes.