After a very competitive selection process involving SAT scores, essays, and face-to-face interviews, the LaGrange County Community Foundation Board of Directors has announced that Prairie Heights High School senior Kiska Carr has been approved as this year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Carr will be awarded eight semesters of full tuition at the accredited Indiana college or university of her choice along with a $900 yearly stipend for books and required materials.
In the essay that earned her an interview as one of five outstanding scholarship finalists, Carr emphasized that service to community has always been an established principle of her family’s lifestyle and that she has been “blessed to serve in the LaGrange community through school and other programs.” She is the daughter of James and Debra Carr of LaGrange.
Carr presently serves as her senior class president. She also serves in leadership roles in the Thespian Honor Society and the National Honor Society. Among her many other commitments to extracurricular and community service organizations, she has been a volunteer for the Leo Club and the Peers Educating Peers program.
Carr plans to pursue an academic major in telecommunications and has been accepted for enrollment at several universities. Still a bit overwhelmed with the news of her award, she is sorting out her options and plans in the next few weeks to select the school of her choice. “I feel so humbled and blessed by this opportunity. I am so grateful,” she stated.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is the result of a statewide 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. According to the Indiana University Kelly School of Business, LaGrange County ranks 82 out of 92 Hoosier counties in that same measurement. The scholarship program is offered each year on behalf of the Lilly Endowment as a grant opportunity to the LaGrange County Community Foundation and other Hoosier community foundations by Independent Colleges of Indiana. ICI audits each community foundation for process consistency and scoring accuracy and has the power of final approval on all scholarship decisions.