Hauser students chosen as 2020 Lilly scholars

Elijah Heslop and Shelby Fugate. Photos courtesy of Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Two Hauser High School seniors have been chosen as this year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients, Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County has announced this morning.

The scholarship winners are Elijah Heslop and Shelby Fugate.

Heslop is the son of Brian Heslop and Amy Wiley. He is active in the FFA, Turning Point Dance Marathon, Students Exploring Agricultural Education, Student Council, student ambassadors, the Academic Team, World Food Prize, Science Olympian and a volunteer with Exhibit Columbus. Heslop plans to study political science and psychology.

Fugate is the granddaughter of Merri Fox. She has been a team captain in volleyball, softball and basketball, a member of the National Honor Society and served as school photo editor. She is also active in Feed My Starving Children, FFA, Sunshine Society and the Flat Rock-Hawcreek Area Endowment board as student representative. She plans to pursue a degree in finance and accounting.

The scholarship provides full tuition for four years to an Indiana college and a $900 annual stipend for books and equipment. Students must enroll in an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana in a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree.

65 students applied for this year’s scholarships and 10 were chosen for final interviews.

The scholarship program is sponsored by Lilly Endowment, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc., and locally by Heritage Fund. It is in its 23rd year.