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Cass County Community Foundation announces 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient

Last Updated on December 7, 2023 by Cass County Community Foundation

The Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Aryan Patel, a senior at Logansport High School is their 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership.

Aryan is the son of Hasmukh and Jigna Patel and embodies all those characteristics and more. He plans to attend Notre Dame University and study statistics with a minor in data science. His long-term plans include a career as a data scientist and using his knowledge base to protect and grow what has become a critical asset for every organization-data. Aryan currently has a 4.0 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale all while volunteering in the community and numerous extracurricular activities and leadership positions.

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.

Aryan was selected from a pool of twenty-seven candidates and is a member of many school organizations and active in National Honor Society, Key Club, Pep

Club, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and Good Government Day. He participates athletically in Tennis, Basketball, and Track where he has received numerous awards including The Jim Ridenhour Track & Filed Mental Attitude Award, All-State Track & Field Selection Award, and most improved tennis award.

Aryan was honored to be selected as a Hoosier Boys State Delegate in 2023 and named a member of “Rising Star of Indiana Class of 2024”.

Aryan is the 23rd recipient from Logansport High School and the 43nd Lilly Scholarship Recipient for Cass County since the program began in 1998.

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 more than $505 million. More than 5,200 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.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff, and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education, and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s twenty-nine private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.

For more information on this award or the Cass County Community Foundation, please call 574-722-2200.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Community Foundation