Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

By Johnson County Community Foundation | | 12.22.20

The Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) announces that three Johnson County students have been selected as the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

From over 75 applicants, the following students were selected based on their impressive community service and academic dedication throughout their high school careers. Tatum Hacker of Center Grove High School, Lillian Lacy of Franklin Community High School, and Naman Satsangi of Columbus East High School will receive full-tuition scholarships and an annual $900.00 book stipend as the 2021 Johnson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.  

“The JCCF Board and Scholarship Committee are pleased to have these three impressive young adults join the current Johnson County Lilly Scholars in representing our county,” said Scholarship Committee Chair Marcia Grossnickle. “This scholarship truly changes the lives of these students and we are blessed to be a part of that change.”

Gail Richards, JCCF President & CEO stated, “The Scholarship Committee is repeatedly impressed by the high caliber students that we are able to review during the Lilly scholarship cycle each year. It is an extremely competitive process, and we are grateful to have a dedicated committee who undertakes the task of reviewing and nominating our recipients each year.”

This is the 24th year that the Johnson County Community Foundation has administered the program locally and the fourth year in recent history that the county has been able to award three deserving students with the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each year, the 12-member Johnson County scholarship committee puts a great deal of time and thought into nominating these scholars. Applicants were evaluated based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership, and good character.  Finalists were then invited to the interview round, from which final nominations were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipients.

Administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. with local support from Indiana community foundations, 4,912 Indiana high school students have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. 

Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided over $424M in grant support for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, since its inception in 1998. 

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.

About JCCF

The Johnson County Community Foundation is a nonprofit public charity established in 1991 to serve donors, award grants and provide leadership to improve Johnson County forever. For more information, call JCCF at 317-738-2213 or visit our website at