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Communications - News and Features
NAHS Seniors Win Lilly Scholarhips
Thursday March 31, 2011
posted by Diane Williamson
Tags: Misc 

 William "Zach" Faith“Winning the Lilly is really a great honor,” Zach said. “It’s really opened up a lot of doors for me. The Lilly Endowment has shown me that if you follow the right path, people will take care of you.”
Honored scholars from Clark and Floyd counties were recommended by an independent committee of civic volunteers who assessed applicants anonymously from a county other than the one in which the committee members lived. The students’ names were not revealed to the committee members.
Once the finalists were determined from this year’s 136 applicants (76 in Floyd County, 60 in Clark County), each was individually interviewed, according to Melissa Weissinger, Director of Grants and Donor Services for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. The locally selected names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. for final approval. ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited, degree-granting, non-profit private colleges and universities in Indiana.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative to help Indiana students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in percentage of residents over age 25 with a bachelor’s degree. Statewide, 142 scholarships were awarded.
 Trey Nixon
“I am speechless and I thank God for this opportunity,” Trey said. “When I started high school, my parents told me to work hard for college scholarships in either academics or athletics. I have worked hard in my classes and had a lot of support the past four years. I am honored by the selection.”

Students invited to apply
Locally, students in all accredited public and private high schools in Clark and Floyd counties were invited to apply. The Lilly Endowment Inc. provides funding through the Community Foundation for two recipients from each county.
“This is a generous program that makes a big difference to the students who receive this award,” Weissinger said.
In addition to selecting the recipients, alternates were selected in each county in the event that the chosen recipients select a college outside of Indiana or a course of study other than a bachelor’s degree, or receive a scholarship that supersedes the Lilly honor. Lilly recipients must declare their college choices and courses of study by May.
Lilly recipients
This year’s honorees are listed below by county:
  • William “Zach” Faith of New Albany High School, who will study business at Indiana University. His father is Timothy Faith. Zach’s school activities include football, wrestling, orchestra and radio. He’s a volunteer elementary school wrestling coach, attended Hoosier Boys State and is a National Honor Society member.
  • Trey Nixon of New Albany High School, who will study mechanical engineering technology at Indiana State University. His parents are Gwendolyn J. and Larmonte Nixon. Trey’s school activities include baseball (four years on the varsity team, plus assistant youth coach), and he is actively involved at church, including choir and the young adults group. He also volunteers at Salvation Army day camp.
  • Emily Lynch of Borden High School, who will study nursing at the University of Southern Indiana. Her parents are Joseph and Nancy Lynch. Emily has been involved in Borden High School’s Sunshine Society, S.A.D.D. Club (vice president) and Booster Club, and is a National Honor Society member.
  • Chelsey O’Neil of Clarksville High School, who will study nursing and physical therapy at Indiana University or Indiana University Southeast. Her parents are Thomas and Rose O’Neil. Chelsea’s school activities include Student Council, Key Club and volleyball, and she is a National Honor Society member.

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