2021 Lilly Scholars

Jack Hudson and Hannah Tisdale, two Madison County high school seniors have been chosen to receive a full tuition scholarship to any public or private 4-year institution in the State of Indiana and a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment as the 2019 Madison County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.



Jack Hudson

Jack Hudson, a Senior at Pendleton Heights High School is the son of David Hudson and Rebecca Wilson. He will attend Butler University to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.




Hannah Tisdale,  also a Pendleton Heights High School Senior is the daughter of Scott and Kimberly Tisdale.

Hannah will be studying biology with plans to become a dermatologist. She has yet to make her college choice.




             Jack and Hannah competed with more than 50 of other highly qualified applicants for the two prestigious awards. Applicants for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were judged on academic performance, demonstrated community leadership, work ethic, a written essay, and financial need.  Eligible applicants must be in the Top 15 % of their class at the end of their Junior Year.

            After the Community Foundations’ scholarship nominating committee narrowed the field, those candidates were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the official selection of recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

         Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, since its inception in 1998. Administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. with local support from Indiana community foundations, 4,912 Indiana high school students have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. 

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) 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.