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Webb named Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016

Aaron Webb, a member of the Huntington North High School Class of 2016, is this year’s recipient of the four-year, full-tuition Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

The scholarship, awarded through the Huntington County Community Foundation, gives Webb full tuition to his choice of Butler University or Wabash College, as well as an annual $900 stipend for required books and equipment. He is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Pre-Medicine with career plans of becoming a physician.

Webb is the son of Jill and Jeffrey Webb of Huntington. A member of the National Honor Society and 4-year HNHS varsity soccer player, he has participated in Varsity Brass, Spring Musical, German Club and Pep Band, as well as serving as an AP Chemistry tutor. Webb also has served as a Senate and House page. Outside of school he is Principal Bassoonist in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Symphony and a highly-decorated Eagle Scout. His community service roles have included: mentor at Flint Springs Elementary, bell ringer for Salvation Army, laborer for HNHS Athletics build project and Operation Backyard, mentor at HNHS soccer camps and with Boy Scouts. Webb is the 35th Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Huntington County.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. The opportunity to attend the college of my choice is truly life-changing for me. I am thankful for Mr. Howell and the scholarship committee of the Huntington County Community Foundation for making the application process as easy and helpful as possible. My dream is to attend medical school and to eventually practice medicine, and the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will allow me to pursue this goal. I hope to eventually return to the Huntington area and help others who are working to make the community a better place to live,” wrote Webb. “Also, I would like to thank all of my classroom teachers, soccer coaches, music conductors, scout leaders and others for challenging me to grow as a person. All of you have played important roles in my life and am truly grateful for these relationships. Being this year's recipient is a great blessing and I thank my family, friends, and mentors for all the support and encouragement they have given me.”

A total of 27 Huntington County high-school seniors applied this year. After reviewing their applications, with personal information redacted, and scoring them on a point system the HCCF Scholarship Committee, comprised of six community volunteers, invited eleven candidates to be interviewed. Afterward, committee members were faced with the extremely difficult choice of which three students to select for a second interview. After the second interviews and making their final decision, the scholarship committee submitted the name of their nominee and two alternates to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) for approval of their selection of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally-accredited, degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Indiana. Their Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program staff facilitates the entire Lilly Scholarship process, from application to selection approval to paying the tuition bills. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. This year 142 scholarships were awarded statewide. There have been over 4,000 scholarships awarded statewide since the program began in 1998.