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LAWRENCEBURG, INDIANA, APRIL 4, 2013 – Two Dearborn County high school seniors recently learned they are the recipients of a prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS). The Dearborn Community Foundation (DCF) awarded the full-tuition scholarships to Lawrenceburg High School’s Abigail Frizzell and Jacob Hornberger.

The Foundation staff and members of the board of directors and the scholarship committee notified the 2013 LECS recipients and their families during surprise visits on Tuesday evening, April 2. Frizzell and Hornberger receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships to the Indiana college of their choice along with an $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. 

“The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents,” said Fred McCarter, Executive Director of DCF.

“Abigail and Jacob are fine young people who were selected among an excellent group of applicants for the high honor of receiving the Lilly scholarships,” McCarter said. “Our community should be very proud of these two honor students and the other four finalists for this prestigious award.” 

Frizzell of Greendale, is the daughter of Sharon Myers and Ben Frizzell. She plans to attend Indiana University to study Business. At LHS, Frizzell served as co-president of both the National Honor Society and Pep Club. She also was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Key Club and served as a peer tutor. She also was a four-year letter winner in soccer. She played tennis and was a member of the Academic Team. Frizzell also completed a significant amount of volunteer service in the community, including Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Relay for Life, NHS Red Cross Fundraiser, PTO, and Arts in the Park. She also found the time for a summer job.

Hornberger, the son of Caryn and Jason Hornberger, Lawrenceburg, plans to attend Purdue University and study Civil Engineering. At LHS, Hornberger served as vice president of Key Club and captain of the Academic Team. He also was a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish Club and Pep Club. He also played soccer and baseball at LHS. Hornberger also completed a significant amount of community service throughout his high school years, including volunteering at Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Halloween Sensations, Arts in the Park, DCH Children’s Christmas Party, Hoxworth Blood Drive, Spanish Peer Tutoring, and DCH Heart and Lung Health Walk. He also found the time for a job both in the summer and during the school year. 

DCF administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) Program in Dearborn County for Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. A six-member scholarship committee and the DCF staff annually review each application during Phase I of the scholarship process. During Phase I, committee members know applicants only by a number assigned to them. Each committee member assigns scores to each applicant based on an essay written to address a specific question. DCF assigns additional scores based on history of parental college education, financial need, cumulative academic scores (includes SAT, ACT & GPA), and number of family dependents.

Based on the highest total scores during Phase I of the process, six Lilly finalists are chosen. In late February, the finalists complete Phase II of the selection process, which consists of a personal interview, including a PowerPoint presentation to the scholarship committee and writing an impromptu essay on a specific topic. 

The scholarship committee then selects two nominees to receive the two scholarships allotted to Dearborn County, based on highest cumulative scores from Phase II of the scholarship process. The Foundation board of directors approves the two nominees and the nominees’ information is then sent to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), a non-profit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state. The ICI Selection Committee, made up of Indiana public and private college representatives, community foundation members and graduate scholarship recipients, reviews the nominations and forwards its endorsement to DCF in late March.

The four remaining LECS finalists are recognized as 2013 Dearborn Community Foundation Scholarship recipients. Each student receives a $1,000 educational grant paid directly to the student’s school. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years of secondary education at the college or university of the student’s choice. The Foundation is pleased to award the 2013 DCF scholarships to: Brian Frondorf, East Central High School; Sarah Gutman, Oldenburg Academy; Natalie Pottschmidt, Oldenburg Academy; Courtney Markland, South Dearborn High School.