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Hanna Whitney is 2021 Lilly Scholar Winner

Posted: Friday, December 18, 2020

Hanna Whitney, a current senior at Huntington North High School, is the recipient of the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, administered locally through the Huntington County Community Foundation, affords Whitney four years of otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, and required fees to an accredited public or private non-profit college or university in Indiana, as well as a special allocation of up to $900 for required books and equipment. Although she is currently undecided as to which university she will attend, those under consideration include Notre Dame, Hanover and Indiana universities, and intends to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

Whitney is the daughter of Christina Whitney of Huntington, and Randall Whitney of Kendallville. A Cross County MVP recipient, her high school career includes serving on the Student Athletic Board for three years, serving as head coach for the Volunteer Youth Soccer Team, and as a Freshman Mentor. Whitney has consistently ranked in the top 25 of her class.

“This is truly an honor, but it doesn’t feel real,” said Whitney. “I am so incredibly thankful for an opportunity like this and for the support of my community to help me in my next chapter.”

Twenty-six Huntington County high-school seniors applied this year. After reviewing and scoring their applications, with personal information redacted, the HCCF scholarship committee, comprised of six community volunteers, invited eight candidates to an initial interview. After individually scoring each candidate’s interview performance the committee re-tallied total scores to reveal four students qualified for a second interview. After the second interviews and again scoring and re-tallying, the scholarship committee submitted the top finalists to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for final selection of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.

Achieving the honor and status of alternate for the Lilly Scholarship were Barrett Barscz, Lilly Clanin, and Sara Lacey, all outstanding seniors attending Huntington North High School. All three proved themselves as worthy contenders during the interview process. Not only were the committee members impressed, there was also no doubt that bright futures are in store.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) 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, non-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities.

Including this 24th cohort, 4,912 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded and over $424 million dollars in scholarship tuition has been provided through the LECSP since the program’s inception in 1998.

The Huntington County Community Foundation is a charitable non-profit organization that is built to be a funding hub for all charitable organizations and causes within Huntington County. Its mission is to connect people and resources with opportunities that enhance quality of life for all. For more information about the Huntington County Community Foundation, please visit

For more information, please call Jo Ellen Bradley at (260) 356-8878 or