A Decatur County student has been named recipient of a four-year, full tuition scholarship as the Decatur County Community Foundation 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Gabrielle Mungcal will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice, along with a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.
The Lilly Scholar is the daughter of Dr. Noel and Luna Mungcal of Greensburg. As a student at Oldenburg Academy, Gabrielle is Student Council All School President, National Honor Society Treasurer, Varsity Co-captain of the Academic Team, and Varsity Captain of the Golf Team. She plans on attending the University of Notre Dame and majoring in Biology.
The Decatur County Community Foundation also awarded a $5,000 scholarship to each of the four semi-finalists. This scholarship can be used over four years at any Indiana college. Those receiving the Decatur County Community Foundation Scholarship are: North Decatur High School student Lauren Kinker, daughter of August and Nancy Kinker; Greensburg High School student Matthew Rust, son of Christopher and Mandy Rust; Greensburg High School student Layne Sanders, daughter of Scott and Beth Sanders; and Columbus North High School student Emily Schabel, daughter of Mark and Greta Schabel.
The five finalists were selected from sixty-three applications submitted by high school seniors who live in Decatur County. The applicants, who remained anonymous through the entire process, were judged by nine different people. The five students with the highest scores became the finalists. The finalists then went through a rigorous process, which included a controlled essay, oral presentation and interview. After all of the judging was completed, the finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipient.
ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The Lilly Scholarship is the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There were 143 scholarships awarded statewide.
— Daily News