Austin Martin, member of the 2014 graduating class of Rising Sun High School, has been named the recipient of a four year,
full-tuition scholarship as the Ohio County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Austin is the son
of Joe and Sharon Martin of Rising Sun.
Austin will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required
books and equipment.
Austin is ranked seventh in his graduating class. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. In his spare
time, Austin enjoys working on cars with his Dad.
Austin has participated in Track & Field
all four years of high school. He has been named MVP, Scoring Champion,
All-Sectional, All Regional and All-State during his track career.
He holds down an afterschool, weekend and summer job at
Wal-Mart in Aurora.
Austin loves to play video games. He enjoys
the technology part of gaming and how it evolves. That’s why he plans to
Indiana University – Bloomington to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in
Game Studies and Software Engineering. Austin stated, “When
I opened my letter telling me I had received the Lilly Endowment
Community Scholarship my first reaction was disbelief. Then
relief set in and a huge amount of stress was lifted off my
shoulders as to how I was going to pay for college. I texted my
girlfriend and she came over and we shared the news with my
family. Everyone was so excited. I want to thank the Ohio County
Community Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and the Scholarship
Selection Committee for being selected as the Lilly Endowment
Community Scholarship. It is a wonderful opportunity for me and I
am excited start my studies this fall at Indiana University.”
Sydney Elliott has been named the scholarship alternate. Sydney is the daughter of Dennis and Angie Elliott of Rising Sun.
The Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) is
proud to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Ohio
This past fall, eighteen scholarship applications were submitted
from the senior class of Rising Sun High School. The scholarship
selection includes three processes: the application, a one page
essay and a personal interview. The applications were reviewed
and scored by members of the OCCF Scholarship Selection Committee,
comprised of Ohio County residents with an interest in
education and who serve in a leadership capacity within the
community. The scores are based on the scholarship criteria which
include academics, financial need, and extra-curricular
activities, sports activities and employment; a one page written essay;
and the applicant’s college preparation which includes the
applicant’s overall potential to succeed in college. Five finalists
were selected based on their application score and were
interviewed individually by members of the selection committee. After
the interview process, the OCCF scholarship selection committee
selected one nominee and one alternate. The finalists’ applications
were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI)
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents
31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges
in the state.
“The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
program is the result of a state wide Lilly Endowment initiative to help
students reach higher levels of education”, stated Stephanie
Scott, OCCF Program Coordinator. “Indiana ranks among the lowest
states in percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a
bachelor’s degree. There were 143 scholarships awarded this year
statewide”, stated Scott.
The Ohio County Community Foundation Staff, Board of Directors and Scholarship Selection Committee would like to congratulate
Austin Martin for being named the 2014 Ohio County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
The Ohio County Community Foundation is
located at 330 Industrial Access Drive, Rising Sun. For information
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or other scholarships
administered by the Ohio County Community Foundation, please call