Mary Greene named 2023 Warren County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
The Warren County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Warren County - Mary Greene of Seeger Memorial High School. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. Mary is the daughter of Brian and Michelle Greene of Pine Village. “Mary has a wide variety of leadership experiences and has been very active with community service activities. She has maintained a part-time job, while being involved with several school clubs and organizations. Mary has been active with Students that are respectfully serving (STARS), Junior Leaders in 4-H, Student Government and National Honor Society, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Indiana ProStart Culinary Team, St. Alexis Orthodox Church Youth Group, and Seeger Track and Field. She has also been the drum major of the band for two years.
Mary is very well spoken, has a career plan with many goals, and the confidence to see her ideas through,” said Michele Stucky, executive director of the Warren County Community Foundation. 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.
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Lt. Gov Crouch, IHCDA select Warren County Foundation Youth Council for 2023 My Community, My Vision initiative
Community planning program teaches high school age student groups to
enhance development and quality of life in their communities
Williamsport, Ind. (Dec. 6, 2022) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) have chosen the Warren County Foundation Youth Council for the My Community, My Vision (MCMV) program, which connects high school students across Indiana to each other and to their neighborhoods, towns, and cities. The other selected student groups are as follows: Greensburg Mayor’s Youth Council, Frankton High School Students in Action, Mishawaka Youth Advisory Council, Monticello Next Generation Youth Advocates, Ripley County Youth Outreach, and the Mayor’s Youth Council of Batesville.
“Maintaining strong and viable communities is important to the health of Indiana, and we need future leaders to begin thinking about their own visions for their cities and towns,” said Crouch. “My Community, My Vision invites these future decision makers to share their ideas and plans with local officials. By their involvement, student leaders will learn about the planning process and the collaborative efforts required to create and maintain vibrant communities.”
In collaboration with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) Youth Council program and the Association of Indiana Municipalities (AIM) Mayoral Youth Council program, the seven selected cohorts of students representing communities across the state will participate in a four-month program consisting of in-person workshops and self-guided curriculum to assist them in planning and fundraising for a place-based community project. Utilizing elements of IHCDA's crowd-granting CreatINg Placesprogram, students who successfully strategize, plan, and raise a fundraising goal of between $5,000 and $50,000 towards their community project in the program’s duration will receive a matching grant from IHCDA.
"Placemaking is an important element of building stable communities where Hoosiers of all ages want to live, work, and play for years to come," said Jacob Sipe, IHCDA Executive Director. "The My Community, My Vision program gives young people a chance to invest in their hometowns and make their voices heard. These students are the future of Indiana's workforce, economy, and local leadership, and we can't wait to see what ideas they bring to life through this program."
"This opportunity for students from our local school corporation will provide a meaningful learning experience for them to participate in. The implementation of a student project within the heart of one of our communities will help integrate them with our local community and keep our downtown areas thriving," said Matt Commons of the Warren County Council.
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