The Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Marshall Horton has been named the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Fellow for Montgomery County. He is the son of Bobby and Naomi Horton and an elder at Crawfordsville High School.
Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides a full tuition fee, required fee, and a special stipend of up to $ 900 per year for books and equipment required for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree in any qualifying audience from Indiana. or a private, non-profit college or university. Fellows in the Lilly Endowment community can also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network, which connects academics with resources and opportunities to become active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. The scholarship program and LSN are both supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to the Independent Colleges of Indiana.
“I am more than blessed and truly grateful to the Montgomery County Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment herself for providing me with this opportunity,” said Horton. “There were countless deserving applicants, and I feel really lucky to have been selected and I am touched by the generosity of the Community Foundation. I am surrounded by amazing teachers, coaches and friends and a loving family who truly share this honor, and I could not have become the person I am without their unwavering support.
“I especially want to thank Coach Kevin Hedrick for being my mentor throughout my high school career. Over the years, he and his prestigious swimming program have instilled in me values of hard work and dedication, and these values will guide me in every chapter of my life. I want to further express my gratitude to Principal Jay Strickland, Pastor John Van Nuys, Coach Marcus Hale and Coach Ian Line for their distinctive positive impacts on my life.
Horton is undecided on a college or field of study.
“I would like to continue my fascination with the environment and work in conservation efforts,” he said. “Once again, I feel truly blessed and grateful for this honor and the avenues it opens for my future. I hope I can repay this love one day
community for all she has done for me and my family.
Marshall has been involved with many clubs and organizations throughout his high school career, including the National Honor Society, Key Club, Spanish Club, and the CHS recycling program, which he recently started with friends. . In October, Marshall was selected as a National Merit Fellow and received the President’s Award for Excellence in Education.
Marshall also has many athletic accomplishments as a member of the CHS varsity soccer, swimming and golf teams. Last year he was named to the IHSAA State Academic Team and was Journal Review’s Co-swimmer of the Year, an honor he shared with his younger brother, Whitman. When not in the pool or working as a lifeguard, Horton enjoys recording his own music and doing weight lifting.
To be considered for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, students must reside in Montgomery County, have a minimum GPA of 3.85 on a 4.00 scale, and be in the top 10% of their class in a accredited county high school. Horton, along with 34 other local applicants, participated in a highly selective review process that assessed student academic achievement, activities and leadership, and two test responses. The finalists were also scheduled to appear before the board of directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation for two interviews. At the end of the process, the scholarship committee narrowed the field of applicants and submitted the names and nominations of finalists to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. for final recipient selection.
The primary goals of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are to help raise the level of education in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and encourage and support the efforts of current and past fellows in the Lilly Endowment community to engage with each other and with Indiana’s business, government, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana in general and in local communities across the state.
Lilly Endowment created the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program for the 1998-1999 school year and has supported the program each year since with scholarships totaling over $ 439 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship since the inception of the program.