Two local high school seniors were awarded full-ride scholarships to the Indiana college of their choice after being selected as 2018 Bartholomew County Lilly Endowment scholars. Columbus East High School senior Madelyn Rhodes and Hauser Junior-Senior High School senior Grace Hasler will receive full tuition for four years at an Indiana college and an annual stipend of $900 for books and equipment.

This year, 86 students applied for the coveted scholarships, with 10 finalists being selected for an interview, said Amy Laker, scholarship manager with the Heritage Fund — the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County. Rhodes was in a government class Thursday when she was called to the counselor’s office on the pretense to discuss concerns by the Columbus East Student Assembly about a location for a planned formal dance.

However, she was led into a room with counselors and her mother Michelle Templin, resulting in some confusion, she said. Rhodes was greeted by members of the Lilly scholar selection committee to deliver the news about the scholarship.

“I was absolutely speechless, it was so surreal,” Rhodes said. Rhodes, who plans to study biology at IUPUI before heading to medical school to eventually work in pediatrics, said the scholarship will be a big help.

Rhodes serves as secretary of East’s student council. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Key Club and team captain of the East girls’ tennis team.

She also has been a fundraising committee leader of the Turning Point Dance Marathon, class representative of Health Occupations Students of America and is also a lifeguard and tennis instructor. She said she worked 15-hour days at the Donner Center as a lifeguard over the summer attempting to save money for college. Read more from…

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