One Rush County student has been named the recipient of a four year, full tuition scholarship as the Rush County Community Foundation’s 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. This year’s recipient is the 32nd Rush County student to receive a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
James Brashaber will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
James is a resident of Center Township and a senior at Rushville Consolidated High School. He is the son of Philip and Karen Brashaber. He plans to attend Depauw University to pursue a degree in economics with a minor in mathematics.
“Through my work with Mr. Haney, my economics teacher, and my mom as my mathematics teacher, I have acquired the analytical skills necessary to further my education in the field of economics,” James said. “After seeing my brother be successful in the business world, I have developed a fascination with the way the financial world works and how peoples’ actions affect stocks and businesses. I hope to become a financial analyst who helps individuals or small companies invest their money and grow their businesses.”
Upon being presented his scholarship he said, “This is such a humbling and honorable experience to be able to win the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Winning this scholarship relieves both my parents and me of the financial burden of going to college. With this scholarship I can now focus purely on college without having to worry about how I am going to pay those expenses.”
James will graduate this spring and has been an active leader throughout his high school career. He was chosen from more than 15 applicants from Rush County.
Academic standing, school involvement and community involvement all play a key in the decision of the Nominating Committee.
The Rush County Community Foundation Selection Committee uses a blind application review process and does not know the names of the students. Each application is reviewed and judged separately by three members of the committee and is judged in 10 separate categories. The committee narrows the field to three nominees and forwards their recommendation to the board of directors of the Rush County Community Foundation for final recommendation and submission 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 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
Meeting the philanthropic needs of Rush County since 1991, The Rush County Community Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit public charity established to serve donors, award grants and scholarships, and provide leadership to enrich and enhance the quality of life in Rush County.
For more information visit RCCF, 117 N. Main Street, Rushville or call them at (765) 938-1177.
Ñ Rushville Republican