MERRILLVILLE — This year, 143 students will receive the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship across the state of Indiana. Legacy Foundation will award the scholarship to six individuals in Lake County: Giselle Flores, Khavand Peddi, Michael Quintero, Laura Reid, Langston Stalling and Emily Zanolla. The scholarship covers four years of undergraduate tuition, plus a yearly book stipend, for any public or private Indiana college or university.
Giselle Flores attends Morton Senior High School where she is co-captain of the cross country and track and field teams. As a student writer for Ideas in Motion, she submits monthly articles about school news. In the future, Flores said she intends to become a doctor and provide health care to underprivileged youth in Northwest Indiana.
Munster High School student Khavand Peddi is a member of National Honor Society, DECA and track and field. Peddi plans to study information systems at Indiana University with a goal of increasing high school students’ experience and exposure to technology
Michael Quintero is captain of the basketball and cross country teams at Bishop Noll High School. He is a Eucharist minister at St. John the Baptist and volunteers throughout his community, including at Phyre Ministry and Pierogi Fest. Quintero plans to attend Purdue University and study mechanical engineering.
Griffith High School senior Laura Reid is class treasurer and president of the Best Buddies Club. She is a member of National Honor Society and the Griffith Theatre Company. Recently Reid was elected State Thespian Officer and earned her Honor Bar as a thespian by giving 600+ hours toward the theater community.
Langston Stalling has his sights on becoming an anesthesiologist and shadows the profession at a local hospital. As a senior at Thea Bowman Leadership Academy, Stalling is student council president. He is a youth usher at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church and Men of Trinity mentorship member.
Emily Zanolla is a senior at Hobart High School. She is captain of the varsity softball and varsity volleyball teams. Zanolla is a member of Brickie Leaders, Brickie Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Key Club and Student Council. She plans to study biochemistry.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. To date, the Lilly Endowment Scholarship Program has provided over $372 million in scholarships.