2021-2022 Lilly Scholar
Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Rachel Ann Rogers,
a senior at Logansport High School as their 2022 Lilly Endowment Community
Scholar. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community
involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.
is the daughter of Kyle and Mary Jo Rogers and embodies all those characteristics.
She plans to attend Purdue University and study aerospace engineering with a
minor in business or architecture. Her long-term plans include a career in the
aerospace industry with NASA or SpaceX. She currently has a 4.0 GPA on an
unweighted 4.0 scale all while working a part-time job, volunteering in the
community and numerous extracurricular activities and leadership positions. .
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per
year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate
study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana
public or private nonprofit college or university.
Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars
Network (LSN), which connects scholars with resources and opportunities to be
active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN
are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana
Rachel is a
member of many school organizations and active in 4H, vocal performance, instrumental
performance, theater, and class government. She has served as Class Secretary
and Class President. She has been elected to Student Council all four years, is
a member of National Honor Society, Music Honor Society, Academic Science and
Spell Bowl Teams and the Mayor’s Youth Council.
Rachel is the 21st
recipient from Logansport High School and the 41st Lilly Scholarship Recipient for Cass County
since the program began in 1998.
Lilly Endowment created the Lilly
Endowment Community Scholarship Program
for the 1998-1999
school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants
totaling in excess of $439 million. More than 5,000
Indiana students have
received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.
purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are:
1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase
awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in
their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and
past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with
Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to
improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation
created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts
of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the
gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate
entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location.
In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes
of community development, education and religion. The Endowment funds significant
programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion.
However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown,
Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
Since 1997, Independent
Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment
Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly
Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29
private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over
22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion
annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time
graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s
bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.
For more information on this award or the Cass
County Community Foundation, please call 574-722-2200.