CFMC News: Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship


The Community Foundation of Morgan County (CFMC) recently honored the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winners and finalists at a recognition dinner in late April.

“The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a highly prestigious award. Two scholarships are awarded in Morgan County and include tuition and required fees for four years as well as a $900 annual book stipend. Housing and travel expenses are not included,” said Christine Arnold, CFMC Finance and Stewardship Manager. “We encourage all students to apply early for this scholarship. Please check our website for updates as the application process will open in August.”

Jared Poston and Grace Allman were announced the winners in December 2018. Jared, the son of Stacey and Scott Poston, graduates this month from Monrovia High School. Grace, the daughter of Anna and Neal Allman, graduates from the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities at Ball State University. This Academy is a residential high school for approximately 300 gifted and talented juniors and seniors from throughout Indiana.

The remaining top five Lilly finalists in Morgan County recognized for their achievements were Kaylee Wise (Mooresville High School), Asher Markitan, Riley Henson, Kaity Kraszyk and Ashley McHugh, all from Martinsville High School.

Front row (left to right): Asher Markitan, Kaity Kraszyk, Ashley McHugh. Back row (left to right): Jared Poston (scholarship winner), Kaylee Wise, Grace Allman (scholarship winner) and Riley Henson.

“We are so grateful to have the support of the Lilly Endowment’s annual scholarship program. It’s a highly competitive process and we get to see so many amazing young people from throughout the county during the application process. Our Lilly Scholarship award winners and finalists represent all of us in this community, and I know we’re proud of what they’ll accomplish in the future. Congratulations to all of the scholars and to their families,” said CFMC President Ed Kominowski.

There are numerous scholarship funds available through CFMC to help students and their families pay for higher education. CFMC staff assists in answering questions regarding the application process and for those wanting to set up a fund, CFMC makes it simple by handling the administrative work and fund management.

CFMC and Kendrick Scholarship applications will be accepted in a few months (date to be determined), so keep checking for additional details. When the application portal opens, students will be encouraged to start early as it takes time to gather the required information.

If you or someone you know wants to help more Morgan County students attend either college or a trade school, donate to a scholarship fund online at

CFMC’s mission is to connect donors and their charitable giving with our evolving community needs in order to enhance the quality of life for current and future generations through impact grantmaking. The vision of CFMC is to be the philanthropic leader and a catalyst in order to maximize available resources in our community.

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