Natalie Daugherty, Melissa Kinne are 2006 Lilly Endowment Scholars

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The Community Foundation of Switzerland County is proud to announce the two recipients of the 2006 Switzerland County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships.

This years’ Switzerland County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are Natalie Daugherty and Melissa Kinne.

This scholarship provides full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. It also covers all required fees and up to $800 a year for books and equipment as long as the student attends an Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools.

Natalie Daugherty is the daughter of Robert and Kathleen Daugherty of Vevay. Natalie has been active in the community by volunteering at the Quercus Grove Food Pantry; helping with the Jeff-Craig Read-A-Thon; and working with the Kiwanis Club on the Children’s Christmas party.

She is the treasurer of the Key Club, and is a member of Business Professionals of America. She has participated in 4-H during her high school years and is the captain of the softball, golf, basketball and volleyball teams. Natalie has been a member of the National Honors Society since 10th grade.

Melissa Kinne is the daughter of Steve Kinne of Vevay and Pam Scudder of Warsaw, Kentucky. Melissa has volunteered her expertise from being a cheerleader to helping at the cheer camp held for girls in grades kindergarten through middle school. She participated in the FFA community service activity called the Homeless Project, was part of a team for Relay for Life and volunteered at the Quercus Grove Food Pantry.

She is active in FFA and cross country. Melissa has been a member of the National Honor Society since 10th grade. She has also held the office of president and secretary of the National Honor Society.

“The selection committee reviewed and interviewed 12 applicants.” said Pam Acton, Community Foundation Director. “The students were evaluated on academics, community involvement, writing ability and an interview.”

After the Community Foundation of Switzerland County’s scholarship committee narrowed the field to four nominees, the finalists’ names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state that Lilly Endowment contracts to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 216 scholarships awarded statewide.

“Every year I say the same thing, every one of the students that applied for these scholarships would have been a wonderful choice,” Pam Acton said. “They all excelled in every criteria category.“

Anyone interested in more information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or the Community Foundation, can contact Pam Acton or Melissa Andrew at 427-9160.