2021 Brown County Lilly Scholar

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Brown County Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient


Emelia Koester has been named the recipient of four-year, full tuition scholarships as the Brown County Community Foundation 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Emelia will receive full tuition to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.  She intends to study English.  Emelia is the daughter of Wayne & Joanne Koester of Nashville.

Twelve Brown County high school students applied for the Brown County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  The scholarship committee reviewed the applications and scored them based on scholastic profile, personal recommendations, school activities, community activities, personal goals statement, and written essay.  Finalists were then selected and asked to write an impromptu essay and interview with the committee.    The other finalists were:  Megan Bickley, John Oliver, and Natalie Suding.

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.

To date the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, since its inception in 1998.


Congratulations Emelia!! Brown County is proud and excited to have you represent us as the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.