---- — One Rush County student has been named the recipient of a four year, full tuition scholarship as the Rush County Community Foundation’s 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. This year’s recipient is the 32nd Rush County student to receive a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
Jill Yager will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
Jill is a resident of Richland Township and a senior at Rushville Consolidated High School. She is the daughter of David and Jeanine Yager. She plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in nursing. Her inspiration to become a nurse came at a young age.
“When I was seven, my little sister was hospitalized. It was during those 10 days that I realized what I wanted to do when I got older. I was amazed at how efficient and effective the nurses were at their jobs. However, more than that, I was impressed at how comforting and caring the nurses were. I want to be just like those nurses and hope to work at Rush Memorial, then Riley Hospital for Children, upon graduation” Jill said.
Upon being presented this scholarship she said, “I am still in shock! Receiving the Lilly Endowment Scholarship is such a huge honor, and I am so thankful to have been chosen. This scholarship will help me greatly in pursuing my future career plans.”
Beyond working hard to attain good grades and a “Top 10” ranking, Jill has been an active leader throughout her high school career in school and community activities. She was chosen from 21 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 Lilly 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 143 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, Indiana, not only today, but for our future generations. For more information please visit or contact Alisa Henderson, Executive Director, or Terry VanNatta, Assistant Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer, at their office at 117 N. Main St., Rushville, IN 46173, or call them at (765) 938-1177.