The Washington Times-Herald

April 3, 2013

Brashear named Lilly Scholar

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Washington Times Herald

WASHINGTON — A Daviess County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Daviess County Community Foundation 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Connor Brashear will receive a full tuition scholarship to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Brashear is the son of Lex and Francine Brashear of Washington.  While he has excelled academically, he has also been active in a variety of school and community activities, including  president of DECA at his school and on the state level, soccer, and tour guide and organizer of the popular community Haunted Tour of Daviess County.

Following graduation from Washington High School, Brashear plans to attend an Indiana college to study business and marketing with a goal of giving back to his community.

"This scholarship is an honor," said Brashear.

"It will allow me to pursue my dreams and to ultimately have the ability to give back to my school, town and county which led me to this point." Daviess County students applied for the scholarship through the Daviess County Community Foundation and the 2013 application process began in January.  Twenty-eight applications were reviewed by a six-member volunteer scholarship committee made up of community leaders.  The applications were scored based on a variety of factors including academic performance, community service and volunteer activities, a written essay outlining future goals, work experiences, school activities and sports, and effectiveness in assigned leadership roles.  Based on results from the initial review, eight applicants were selected for a final panel interview to further assess their verbal communication skills and civic pride and interest.

After the Daviess County Community Foundation scholarship committee completed their evaluation, names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for the final selection of the recipient.

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 bachelor¹s degree.

About the Community Foundation

Founded in 1993, the Daviess County Community Foundation is a charitable organization formed to strengthen our community by awarding grants to local nonprofits, by bringing individuals together to address community needs, and by offering personalized charitable gift planning services to our donors.

With oversight by a 19-member Board of Trustees, the Foundation is made up of a collection of 125 endowed funds, established by donors from all walks of life and generally focused on charitable endeavors in our community.

Because grants and scholarships are awarded based only on the income generated from the endowment, leaving the principal intact, donors have the ideal opportunity to help their community meet the needs we know about today while preparing for the challenges we are sure to face in the future.

The mission of the Daviess County Community Foundation is to build permanent funds and to distribute income from those funds to projects, organizations, charitable needs and civic endeavors that will enhance the quality of life.