The County of Switzerland Community Foundation, Inc., is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2021-2022 Lilly Endowment Community Fellowship from the County of Switzerland is Anastasia ‘Annie’ Faddis.
Annie is the daughter of Rodney and Heather Faddis from near Vevay. She also has an older brother, Dalton. She was very involved in the group and received many accolades. She is a class treasurer, vice-president of the student council and is involved in the National Honor Society.
Outside of school, Annie has been a 4-H camp counselor and group leader. She also works as a lifeguard at the County YMCA of Switzerland and as a janitor at Aberdeen Preschool.
Annie plans to major in biochemistry at Ball State University.
She was surprised by the announcement Tuesday morning in the main hall of the county high school in Switzerland.
“It’s very exciting,” Anastasia said right after the announcement. “I had no idea until they called me out of the classroom. Nobody knew. It is so exciting.
And as she contemplates her options in college, being a Lilly Scholar certainly opens up other possibilities.
“Ball State is the plan, yes,” Faddis said after the announcement, “But I’m also looking at other options, Franklin and Purdue.”
With his focus on biochemistry, Faddis hopes to use his education and skills to help others.
“I want to be a scientific researcher in the pharmaceutical field,” she said. “I want to do research and help develop new drugs, and help better current drugs.”
So what does all of this mean to her?
“It prepares me really well, especially if I plan to pursue higher education, as I don’t have to worry about debt anymore from that point on,” she said. “It’s preparing really well for this – and I don’t have to worry about my parents having trouble paying anything or working hard to find other scholarship opportunities because I’m in the process of almost already installed. “
Each Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides a full tuition fee, required fee, and a special stipend of up to $ 900 per year for books and equipment required for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree in any qualifying audience from Indiana. or a private, non-profit college or university. Fellows in the Lilly Endowment community can also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network (LSN), which connects academics with resources and opportunities to become active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. The scholarship program and LSN are both supported by grants from Lilly Endowment to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).
The selection committee of the Swiss County Community Foundation reviewed thirteen applications this year. Applicants were assessed on their education, financial need, activities (school activities, community service, and work experience) and writing samples. The selection committee used a blind process to assess the applications, which meant that the committee members did not know which applications they were reviewing. After the Community Foundation Selection Committee reviewed and assessed all applications, it submitted its recommendation to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), who made the final decision on the scholarship recipient.
Since 1997, ICI has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment. Founded in 1948, ICI is the collective voice of the state’s 29 private, non-profit colleges and universities.
Lilly Endowment Inc. has provided just over $ 439 million in grants to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program since the program’s inception for the 1997-1998 school year. To date, more than 5,000 Indiana high school students have received the scholarship.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program can contact Melissa Andrew at the Community Foundation office. The Foundation’s office is located at 303 Ferry Street in Vevay and Melissa can be reached at (812) 427-9160 or [email protected]