Kiersten Stowe earns Lilly Endowment Scholarship


Kiersten Stowe was one of only six Lake County seniors who were recipients of the Lilly Endowmentkiersten stowe Scholarship! 

Kiersten and her mother Jennifer were surprised by the news of this early holiday gift by Legacy Foundation Grant Administrator Jodi Kateiva and school corporation administrators after being called to a special meeting in the MHS principal’s conference room last month. 

“We welcome you to the Legacy family,” said Ms. Katevia. 

Her scholarship will provide full-tuition, required-fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Kiersten is interested in pursuing a degree in psychology and is considering attending IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Indiana University or Notre Dame. 

The MHS senior has a long list of achievements, extra coursework and activities on her resume. Among them: 

  • Recognized scholar athlete on the varsity track team every year by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or more. 
  • Played in orchestra ensembles that ranked gold at ISSMA competitions.
  • Earned orchestra recognition by performing outside of school time and was section leader in bass section. 
  • Earned recognition for a cumulative GPA of 3.8 and over. 
  • Recognized as a Thespian Presidential Scholar.
  • Vice President of the National Honor Society
  • Many summer study programs including music, leadership, math, performance, and women’s and gender studies. 
  • Extracurricular activities including string orchestras; Quiz Bowl; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Spell Bowl; Track and Field; French Club; Thespian Troupe; Academic Superbowl; Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra; International Thespian Society and Prima Chamber Orchestra. 

If you think that’s busy, Kiersten also works part-time. 

“Hard work pays off,” said MHS Principal Mike Krutz. 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. Legacy Foundation administers the program in Lake County and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversight of the program. Since the program’s inception in 1998, 4,912 Indiana high school students have been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

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