Abigail Cole is the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship


The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2020-2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient for Switzerland County is Abigail Cole.

  Abby is the daughter of Darrin and Kathy Cole of Vevay. She participated in band during all four years of high school and has received numerous awards and honors. Abby is currently ranked third in her class. She will be majoring in music education and is unsure at this time which Indiana college or university she will be attending.

  She has volunteered for several organizations in the community, and works part time at Uptown Pizza.

  The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. It also covers all required fees and up to $900 per year for required books and equipment. It does not cover room, board or travel expenses. Students receiving the scholarship must attend an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.

  The Community Foundation’s selection committee reviewed 10 applications this year. The applicants were evaluated on academics, financial need, activities (school activities, community service, and work experience), and writing samples. The selection committee used a blind process to evaluate the applications, meaning committee members did not know whose applications they were evaluating. After the Community Foundation’s selection committee selected the recipient, they submitted their recommendation to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), who made the final decision on the scholarship recipient.

  ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, independent colleges and universities in the state. Lilly Endowment, Inc., contracts with ICI to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

  The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are:

  • To help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana;

  • To increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and

  • 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 the state.

  Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424 million in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, since its inception in 1998. To date, 4,912 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded.

  Anyone interested in learning more information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program can contact Melissa Andrew at the Community Foundation’s office at (812) 427-9160 or mandrew@cfsci.org.


 The history of generosity of the Lilly Endowment is well documented here in Switzerland County as well as around the state. Here is a listing of all of the Switzerland County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients since its beginning in the 1997-1998 school year:

  • 1998: Renee Hoskins Rogers.

  • 1999: David Sandidge and Elyssa Swango Haskell.

  • 2000: Brooke McHenry Levell and Amanda DeVeary White.

  • 2001: Jeff  Theetge, Clinton May, and Carrie Wiley.

  • 2002: Liz Phipps Fatade, Kodi Archer McAlister, and Jeremy Armstrong.

  • 2003: Sara Allen, Philip Deaton, and Angela Thieman Hartwell.

  • 2004: Becky Phipps Johnson, Alisha Konkle, Amanda Gray Johnson.

  • 2005: Amanda Watson Caudill and Mattie Waddle.

  • 2006: Melissa Kinne Mefford and Natalie  Daugherty Wheeler.

  • 2007: Sara Craig Carter and Brittany Heffelmire Napolitano.

  • 2008: Allison Steele Owen and Lauren Jo Hunt Mayer.

  • 2009: Kyle Green and Rachel Gurley Hay.

  • 2010: Ariel Clark Makin and Kayla Keith.

  • 2011: Kim Cox.

  • 2012: Samantha Helt Kruml.

  • 2013: Chloe Griffin.

  • 2014: Robin Furnish.

  • 2015: Adeli Kinne.

  • 2016: Makenzie Mathews.

  • 2017: MacKenzie Covington.

  • 2018: Abigail Dayadharum.

  • 2019: Leah Anders.

  • 2020: Kayla Scranton.

  • 2021: Abigail Cole.