Sommerman selected 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
The Community Foundation of Crawford County, along with its Board of Directors, Scholarship Committee and staff, recently announced Danielle Renee Sommerman as the 2021 Crawford County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
The LECS Program has been administered locally through Indiana’s network of community foundations. The LECS program provides a four-year, full-tuition scholarship along with a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment to any Indiana college or university.
Sommerman is a senior at Crawford County High School and plans to major in biological sciences and classics in the fall of 2021. She is interested in attending Notre Dame.
Sommerman is an active member of various clubs, including academic super bowl, 4-H, Linked! student newspaper, and a member of the tennis team. Sommerman’s parents are Joshua and Daffney Sommerman.
Laken Fraime, finance and programs manager for the CFCC, reported on the process used to select the CFCC Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. She said, “All Crawford County senior level students within the top 20% of the class were invited to apply. The community foundation’s volunteer scholarship committee used a double-blind approach to review the applications.
“Five finalists were invited for an interview based on initial scoring with five members of the scholarship committee who scored the interview. The interview score was then averaged in with the initial scoring of the paper application to select the top finalists. Top finalists were then approved for submission by the CFCC Board of Directors to the Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc., the statewide scholarship administrator, for final selection of the recipient.”
ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
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.
Including the 24th cohort, 4,769 full-tuition scholars have been awarded and more than $424 million in scholarship tuition has been provided through the LECSP since the program’s inception in 1998.