Six exceptional Lake County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Legacy Foundation's 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.
Jazzlynn Baines, daughter of Evelyn Baines; Austin Brown, son of James and Diane Brown; Katelyn Goodrich, daughter of David and Jacqueline Goodrich; Haley Johnson, daughter of Shannan Kuesis; Maya Briseῆo Portillo, daughter of Olga Briseῆo; and Brianna Scivinsky, daughter of Joseph and Carol Scivinsky, each will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of his or her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
“The Lilly Endowment Scholarship has provided me with many wonderful opportunities,” said Scivinsky, of Whiting High School. “This scholarship has given me so much more than a college education. It has given me the opportunity to change numerous lives within my community.”
Scivinsky plans to attend Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, where she will study biology. Her goal is to attend medical school and specialize in hematology.
Johnson, of Calumet High School, also has dreams of pursuing a career in medicine and giving back to her community. Her goal is to become a nurse practitioner. She will attend Purdue University Calumet in the fall.
Briseῆo Portillo, of Munster High School, said her college dreams have become a reality thanks to her supportive family and the Lilly scholarship. She will attend Indiana University and pursue a double major in public policy and international relations, minoring in Spanish.
“To me, the Lilly Endowment Scholarship means less worry and a better opportunity to be successful in life,” said Baines, a softball and volleyball player at Hammond High School.
She will attend Purdue University, where she hopes to study engineering.
Griffith High School student Brown also said the award will allow him to earn a degree without the burden of student loan debt after college. Brown will attend Wabash College. He enjoys playing team sports and said his favorite activities are football, baseball and basketball.
Goodrich, class secretary at Gavit High School, said, “The Lilly Endowment Scholarship represents community and activism.” Goodrich hopes to become a political journalist, focusing on fraud and corruption investigations. She will attend Butler University.
All Lake County high schools were invited to submit an applicant. A total of 228 students from 24 high schools applied for the 2013 awards. Students nominated by their high schools were evaluated based on academic performance, leadership skills, service to others, character, a written narrative, demonstrated financial need and an interview.
The foundation’s Scholarship Committee interviewed the nominees and selected six recipients whose names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana for final approval. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state and administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program for Indiana’s 92 counties.
There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.