Two Kosciusko County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships to the Indiana colleges of their choice as the Kosciusko County 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. The 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are Isaiah Metcalf and Eric Williamson.
Isaiah Metcalf is a senior at Wawasee High School. His parents are Daryl and Angela Metcalf. At the time of his application, Metcalf was ranked number two in his graduating class. His school activities have included varsity swim team, Warrior Leadership Committee, Student Council and National Honors Society. His community activities have included his church’s youth group, Tri-Level Student Leadership Institute and PRO Swim Club. Metcalf’s community service has been extensive and includes volunteering for eight different community and charitable organizations. He also worked 40 hours per week during the summer for Fisherman Cove Resort where he provided customer service, lawn car and pumped gasoline for boats. Additionally, Metcalf has had a part-time job as a swim instructor. His references described him as a motivated, dependable, respected role model and leader. Metcalf plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and study Pre-Medicine.
Eric Williamson is a senior at Warsaw Community High School. His parents are Glen and Laurie Williamson. At the time of his application, Williamson was ranked number 12 in his graduating class. His school activities have included Cross Country, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, Mathletes and Track and Field. His community activities have included his church’s youth group, Kosciusko Youth Leadership Academy, Octagon Club and Purdue Engineering Expo. Williamson logged over 140 hours of community service with activities ranging from yard work for the elderly to helping teach the English language to non-native speakers. He also has a part-time job at Martin’s Supermarket. His references described him as compassionate, courteous, honest, reliable and kind. Williamson plans to attend Purdue University to study Aerospace Engineering.
In Kosciusko County, the Kosciusko County Community Foundation recommends recipients of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final selection. The local process is “blind” in that committee members do not have access to student names when reviewing the applications. Scholarship selection criteria include academic excellence, community service, extracurricular involvement, work experience, references and essay response.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are a result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli—through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The
endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion.