By: Kallie Sullanke—
Muncie, Indiana—The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. has selected the recipients of the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, a four-year award that grants full tuition to any accredited public or private non-profit college or university in Indiana. The Lilly Scholarship also covers fees and provides an annual stipend for required books and equipment.
The recipients of the 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are Jackson Adamowicz of Burris Laboratory School and Cody Brelage of Delta High School. They were chosen out of an applicant pool of 97 impressive candidates from high schools across Delaware County.
“Being named a recipient of The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a prestigious honor in our community and across the state,” said Kelly K. Shrock, President of The Community Foundation. “Through their involvement, achievement, and academic ability, Jackson and Cody have demonstrated that they are very deserving of being called a Lilly Scholar. It is an honor these students will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
Jackson Adamowicz, a senior at Burris Laboratory School, plans to study kinesiology. He is the son of Jason and Karynn Adamowicz. Jackson demonstrated leadership and commitment on the basketball court, serving as captain of both his school’s team and a travel team. He has been active in Burris Volunteer Club, National Honor Society, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He has held several leadership positions within his school, maintained employment during his summer breaks, and has been active as a community volunteer.
Cody Brelage, a senior at Delta High School, plans to study electrical engineering. He is the son of Andy and Pam Brelage. Cody is ranked first in his class. Cody is involved in a variety of school and community activities including swimming, cross country, Delaware County PRIDE Team, 4-H, National Honors Society, and Click-fil-A Leader Academy. He has also demonstrated a dedication and passion for the theatre though his volunteer activity at Muncie Civic Theater, which includes both on- and off-stage roles such as stage managing and light design.
In selecting Delaware County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholars, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic ability and potential for leadership. After the field of school nominees was narrowed to two, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipients.
ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are a result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative 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, non-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. Since the program began in the late 90s, Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships over $372 million have been awarded to more than 4,440 students across Indiana.