In 2023, we at the Community Foundation of Boone County awarded 70 individual scholarships totaling nearly $350,000. Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has awarded more than $7 million in Indiana scholarships, all funded by generous donors who believe in the youth of Boone County. Community members from throughout the county join us each year as volunteers to review the applications and determine recipients based on each individual scholarship’s requirements. Our team then awards the scholarships at our local high school’s awards ceremonies each spring. You can meet our 2022 scholarship recipients here.

Jay Martin Vocational/Trade School Scholarship

Timing is everything; that’s what Drake Baker has learned. After graduating from Western Boone High School in 2019, Drake started classes at Ivy Tech and worked full-time at Hendrickson in Lebanon. When Drake graduated high school, he received the Jay Martin Vocational/Trade School Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Boone County. Since he did not immediately enroll in a 4-year college, he did not initially use the scholarship. However, when he realized he needed to earn his bachelor’s degree in order to reach his career goals, he explained his situation to CFBC, and he was able to then use the scholarship at a 4-year college.

Today, Drake is on track to graduate from Purdue University with a degree in mechanical engineering technology. Receiving the scholarship from CFBC alleviated one of Drake’s most significant hurdles in going to college. He credits the scholarship with alleviating his worry, and when you are as busy as Drake is by going to school and working full-time, it is a real advantage to have one less thing on your plate. After graduation, Drake plans to work at Rolls Royce and continue living in Boone County. We were thrilled to be a part of Drake’s educational journey.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Each year, two Boone County graduating seniors are awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship which provides for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years at an Indiana college or university. 

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are known for their community involvement, academic achievement, character, and leadership. Lilly Endowment Community Scholars may also participate in the Lilly Scholars Network, which connects current scholars and alumni with resources and opportunities to be active leaders on their campuses and in their communities. 

Since the inception of the program in 1998, the Community Foundation of Boone County has awarded this scholarship opportunity to 55 Boone County residents consisting of 16 Western Boone seniors, 17 Zionsville Community High School seniors, 16 Lebanon High School seniors, 4 Sheridan High School seniors, 1 Covenant Christian senior, and 1 Indiana Connections Academy senior. The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for Boone County were Ashley Young of Zionsville Community High School and Saige Terwiske of Western Boone County Community School Corporation. Who will become a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar this year? Recipients are announced mid-December of each year, so stay tuned for the 2024 announcement!


Ashley Young, Zionsville Community High School Saige Terwiske, Western Boone County Community School Corporation

Search all our scholarship opportunities here.
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Since 1991, the Community Foundation of Boone County has granted over $29 million from its various funds to nonprofit organizations and programs working to solve critical challenges in Boone County. Through the generosity of donors, the Community Foundation currently holds over $30 million in net assets. In the past 32 years, we have worked with donors to create permanent funds for charitable giving. Establishing and growing permanent endowment funds will strengthen Boone County for generations to come.