2017 Lilly Scholar Announced
Community Foundation Announces
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient
Christmas came a few days early for one Cass County student
who may be singing at the top of her lungs. Cassia Scagnoli, a senior at
Logansport High School will receive a full, four-year scholarship as the Cass
County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. She will receive
not only full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice but also a $900
stipend each year for required books and equipment.
Cassia is the daughter of Stephanie and Tony Scagnoli and she
plans to attend Indiana University to pursue a degree in musical theatre. Her
further aspirations include participating in vocal performance and eventually
possibly directing or teaching.
Cassia has received many academic awards and honors and is
ranked first in class at LHS pursuing an Academic Honors Diploma. She has received
several awards including gold medals at ISSMA contests, Best Actress, Best
Vocalist, State Thespian Awards, writing awards, and participated in the
Indiana All-State Choir for nine years. Cassia was also honored to perform the
National Anthem at Bankers Life Fieldhouse twice. Currently senior class vice
president, she has been a class officer all four years and active in Key Club,
Sub Debs, Logansport Children’s Choir, Varsity Speech Team, Cross Country,
Tennis and Thespians. Her roles in
theatre productions include performances in Mary Poppins, Grease, The Music Man
and most notably starred as Peter Pan in the musical Peter Pan.
Cassia will be the 19th recipient from Logansport
High School and the 36th Lilly Scholar for Cass County since the
program began in 1998.
Cass County Community Foundation received 34 applications for the 2017 Lilly
Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
Applicants were required to have a 3.5 or higher GPA plus submit other
nomination materials. 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 2017 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. ICI
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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