Two Boone County students have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Community Foundation of Boone County 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.  Miranda Dafoe of Lebanon High School and Candice Park of Zionsville High School will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of their choice and a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.

Miranda is the daughter of Dennis and Melissa Dafoe of Lebanon.  She is considering studying business or engineering at DePauw University, Purdue University or Indiana University.  Leadership in athletics and club activities, along with volunteering for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way and Shalom House, has occupied much of Miranda’s time at LHS.  Additionally, she spends time outside of school working for a catering company and babysitting.  She has served as a mentor and “third parent” to her four younger siblings, who along with their parents were on hand when Miranda learned she had been selected as a Lilly Scholar. Miranda and her family were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude to receive the prestigious scholarship.

Candice, the daughter of Dr. Young and Sun Park of Zionsville, is looking forward to a future in biology or biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.  From athletics and school clubs to mission trips and volunteer responsibilities with organizations such as Timmy Global Health Foundation and Best Buddies, to being a member of the Full Symphony Orchestra, Candice has devoted much of her time to the community.  She has three older siblings currently in college or medical school and is excited to follow in their footsteps.  Receiving the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will help propel her to achieving her lifelong dreams and ambitions.  Upon learning she had been selected as a Lilly Scholar, Candice lit up the room with her infectious smile as her parents and school officials congratulated her.

“The Community Foundation is thrilled to present this award to these two outstanding young women, who we’re confident will not only achieve their own dreams, but will make a difference in the lives of others,” said Community Foundation President & CEO Jennifer Pendleton.

This year, 54 students applied for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Nine finalists took part in an interview process and four students were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) as either nominees or alternates.  The scholarship recipients are selected by a committee of county-wide volunteers who evaluate each student’s academic performance, work experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement, volunteerism and awards and honors.  Since the inception of the Lilly Scholars Program in 1998, CFBC has awarded the scholarship to 12 Lebanon High School seniors, 14 Western Boone seniors, 11 Zionsville High School seniors, one Sheridan High School senior and one Covenant Christian senior.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree-granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships are a result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.  Indiana ranks among the lowest states in percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree.  There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.


The Community Foundation of Boone County is a public charity providing grants to non-profits in Boone County so they may carry out their mission. Since 1991, the foundation has granted over $18 million back to Boone County by connecting people who care to causes that matter to them. Our staff, board members and volunteers work together to ensure donors achieve their philanthropic goals by matching their charitable interests with the community’s needs.