2016 Lilly Scholar Named
A dream has come true for one Cass County student who will
receive a full, four-year scholarship as the Cass County Community Foundation
2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Sydney H Sofronici will receive not
only full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice but also a $900 stipend
each year for required books and equipment.
Sydney is the daughter of Judy McCloskey and Radu Sofronici
and a senior at Lewis Cass High School. She plans to attend Purdue University
and pursue a degree in biomedical engineering. Her further aspirations include
participating in a collaborative program between Purdue and the Indiana
University School of Medicine that will result in a doctorate degree from
Purdue and a medical degree from Indiana University. As a biomedical engineer
Sydney plans to specialize in the development of in vitro tissues to be used
for organ transplants.
Sydney has received many academic awards and honors and will
be graduating Egregia Cum Laude which
is an academic distinction meaning with outstanding honor. This distinction is
awarded to students who have the same grade point average as others but have
pursued a more rigorous curriculum while doing so. She has also received
several awards in athletics and music and was a three-year section leader for
the Lewis Cass Band that appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in
2015. A two sport athlete, Sydney received Academic All-State recognition in
both Track and Cross Country and served as Team Captain for Cross Country in
2015. She was described by her Cross Country coach, Denise Rush, as being “the
glue that held our cross country team together.”
Sydney will be the 7th recipient from Lewis Cass
High School and the 35th Lilly Scholar for Cass County since the
program began in 1998.
Cass County Community Foundation received 26 applications for the 2016 Lilly
Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
Applicants were required to have an SAT score of at least 1100 or an ACT
score of at least 24, as well as a 3.5 or higher GPA. All identifying details, such as student’s
name, gender, and school name, were removed from the applications prior to
review. Seven finalists were selected
based solely on the criteria, which include academic ability, achievements,
activities and citizenship. The finalists then participated in further review,
which included writing an impromptu timed essay, followed by a face-to-face
interview session with the selection committee. After completing the selection
process, the CCCF Lilly Scholarship Committee submitted the name of the 2016
nominee to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final approval. Each
finalist will receive an award directly from the Cass County Community
Foundation in recognition of their outstanding, high achievement.
is a non-profit corporation that represents thirty-one regionally accredited
degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a result of a statewide Lilly
Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.
There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
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