The Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County has named Shawe Memorial High School senior Lina Leatherman as Jefferson County’s 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. Lilly Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects scholars with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. Both the scholarship program and LSN are supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Leatherman is considering attending Franklin College to pursue a degree in biology with hopes of becoming a physician assistant. She is the daughter of Gabriele Leatherman of Madison and Robert Leatherman of Seaside, Oregon. A three-sport varsity student athlete, Leatherman is ranked No. 2 in her class and serves as Student Council vice president. She also participates in National Honor Society, Hispanic Cultural Society, Academic Bowl and Model UN.

“I am very grateful for receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship because it provides me the opportunity to attend a great college where I can focus on my studies to become a physician assistant,” Lina said. “I am thankful for everyone who has helped and supported me through my journey.”

Thirty-two Jefferson County students applied for the scholarship this year, and six finalists were identified. In addition to Leatherman, the other finalists were: Brooklyn Cornelius, Hailey Jenkins and Taylor Lynch, all of Madison Consolidated High School; Elizabeth Gray, of Southwestern High School; and Nolan Tandy, of Shawe Memorial. The finalists will each receive a $1,000 Community Foundation Scholar Award from the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County for their efforts and achievements.

Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. (ICI) administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship statewide and selects the final recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 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. Including the 25th cohort, more than 5,000 full-tuition scholars have been awarded and over $439 million in scholarship tuition has been provided since the program’s inception in the 1998-99 school year.