Heritage Fund - The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County is pleased to announce Columbus Signature-New Tech High School seniors Hayley Barr and Jadi Miller are recipients of the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships for Bartholomew County.

The program - funded by Lilly Endowment administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) and locally by HFBC - is in its 24th season. Statewide, 143 scholarships were awarded to Indiana students to pursue four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis that lead to a baccalaureate degree at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. Barr and Miller will receive full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of their choice and a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

Barr, daughter of Kirsti Barr, has been active in National Honor Society, school Interact Club and "Student Voice" student publication and as a volunteer for Bartholomew County Humane Society, Columbus Animal Care Services and Mill Race Center. Barr plans to pursue a chemistry major in pursuit of a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

Miller, daughter of Robert and Jami Miller, has been active in National Honor Society, "Student Voice" track and field and as a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and St. Bartholomew Church. Miller plans to pursue an education major.

Heritage Fund received 54 applications for this year's scholarships, from which 10 finalists were selected. Scholarship applicants were evaluated on academic performance; scholastic and community involvement; employment; leadership; financial need; responses to short answer questions and a 450-word essay; two recommendations; and finalist interviews.

Finalists are: Marin Wieneke, Taylor Hollen, Josie Burbrink and Gabriela Heredia from Columbus East High School; Brock Burbrink and Emmaleigh Martin from CSA-New Tech; Helena Ho from Columbus North High School; and Tamara Essex from Hauser Jr-Sr High School.

To date, 51 Bartholomew County students have been named Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.