Congratulations to the recipient of the 2023 Pike County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, Reagan Craig. Reagan will receive full tuition, required fees, and a $900 allocation for books and other equipment for four years.
"The Pike County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Pike County – Reagan Elisabeth Craig from Pike Central High School. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.
“Reagan is a stellar student and extremely active in the community,” said Cindy Gaskins, Volunteer Director for the Pike County Community Foundation.
Reagan is the daughter of Jon and Cassi Craig of Petersburg. Following graduation, she plans to major in Forensic Psychology with a Pre-Law Emphasis. Reagan is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Government, Key Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes to name a few. She serves on the board of Pike County United Way, is an active member of the First Baptist Church, and was involved in the FBI Youth Leadership Academy. Reagan also serves on the Petersburg Fire Department.
Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years. The scholarship is for undergraduate students studying on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects both current scholars and alumni with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and Indiana Humanities.
In determining Pike County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholar nominee, consideration was given to class rank, grade transcripts, financial need, school activities, honors and awards, work history, statement of goals, letter of recommendation, community/volunteer activities, and interview by the LECSP Nominating Committee. After the field of applicants was narrowed down, nominees were submitted to ICI, the statewide administrator of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, which approves the final selection of scholarship recipients.
“The students who apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship are all exceptional and every year the committee appreciates each of the applicants and their dedication to education and the community,” said Gaskins
Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-99 school year and has supported the program every year since with grants totaling in excess of $486 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the program’s inception.
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. " (This was a copy of the release statement from the Pike County Community Foundation Webpage.)