Poling awarded 2013 Lilly Scholarship

Posted on Apr 8, 2013

Corbin Poling, a Bellmont High School senior, has been named recipient of the four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Adams County Community Foundation (ACCF) 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Poling will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Poling, son of Heather Eddins and Cory Poling of Decatur and grandson of Judy and Barry Poling, will attend IPFW this fall and plans to major in pre-med.
Poling reports, “I am overwhelmingly thankful for this scholarship. I feel so honored.”
He also reported he may consider other schools now that this opportunity has been made available to him.
The ACCF scholarship process began in September 2012 when students were invited to attend a presentation at their school by the ACCF executive director, Coni Mayer. She reminded the students of the February due date and the necessary requirements to qualify for scholarships. The three Adams County Guidance Departments offered workshops and assistance to the over 150 students who applied.
After the Adams County Community Foundation scholarship subcommittee narrowed the field to the top 25 percent, then the full committee narrowed this group to the top four. These four students were invited into participate in the interview process. These finalists, their intended majors, and the schools they plan to attend were: South Adams seniors - Evan Liechty, Chemical Engineering, Purdue University and Megan Hreha, Speech Language Pathology, Ball State University and attending North Adams/Bellmont senior: Megan Scheuler, Ministries, Huntington University. Mayer reported the ACCF Scholarship Committee was very impressed with these students. She said the committee indicated that all the students well represented their family and their schools.
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) reviews all necessary reports to insure steps submitted in August have been followed. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
All other scholarship awarded by the ACCF will be presented at the students’ high school awards events. These are all at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6 at Adams Central; Monday, May 13 at South Adams; and Wednesday, May 15 at Bellmont.
The ACCF will again offer scholarships for graduating high school seniors in 2014. The due date for this is the first Thursday in February.
For Adams County residents who are already in college, scholarships are available. Please access the ACCF website for details: www.AdamsCountyFoundation.org or call 260-724-3939.

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