Foundation reveals five Lilly Scholarship finalists

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Landon Miller

Five Putnam County high school seniors have been named as finalists for the Putnam County Community Foundation's 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

The prestigious award goes annually to the most outstanding graduating high school senior in Putnam County.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship, including a $900-per-year book stipend for four years to any accredited school in Indiana.

Erik Norlin

The five finalists have an average GPA of 3.99 and SAT score of 1990.

The finalists are:

-- Landon Miller of Greencastle High School, son of Mark and Lori Miller.

-- Erik Norlin of Greencastle High School, son of William and Julie Norlin.

-- Josie Parent of North Putnam High School, daughter of Douglas and Staci Parent.

Josie Parent

--Haylie Romer of Greencastle High School, daughter of Martin and Colleen Romer.

-- Kathryn Welch of North Putnam High School, daughter of Thomas Welch and Debra Welch.

The five seniors were selected as finalists following an extensive review process by the Lilly Selection Committee from the Putnam County Community Foundation.

Haylie Romer

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 semifinalists. It concluded with an individual interview with each of the five 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.

Kathryn Welch

The Community Foundation's nomination for the award has been submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipient. ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state.

During the first 15 years of the program 3,629 students in Indiana high schools have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships.

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