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April 24, 2014

Scholarship a fine award

Congratulations to Howard County high school seniors Joowon Lee and Graham Ortmann on winning a 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

Lee, of Western High School, plans to attend Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis to study biology, where the scholarship will cover all tuition expenses and a $900 annual stipend.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, marching band, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Western Union, Gray T-Shirt Club, Academic Super Bowl, Mayor’s Youth Council and is vice-president of the Japanese Club. He is senior class treasurer, president of his church youth group and captain of the Spelling Bowl.

Lee has volunteered 100 hours at a local hospital.

Ortmann, of Northwestern High School, plans to study finance at Indiana Wesleyan University.

He was captain of the varsity basketball and soccer teams, leader of the Catalyst Youth Group and Fellowship of Christian Athletes and president of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Student Council, Discipleship Group, Social Studies Academic Team, Tutoring Club, Rotary Interact Club and Math Academic Team.

Ortmann is a Sunday school assistant at his church, received a Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and was recognized as Spanish Student of the Year, Most Outstanding Math Student and Most Outstanding English Student. In soccer, he was named Academic All-Conference, Second Team All-Conference and an All-State Academic Player.

The Lilly scholarship likely will save him more than $40,000 a year in college costs.

Indiana ranks toward the bottom in terms of its percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree, and the Lilly endowment set out to change that by awarding at least one scholarship in every county in the state.

The endowment should be applauded for its efforts. The scholarship program is a fabulous gift to the state of Indiana.

Applaud, also, these two Howard County students on their success, and wish them the very best in their academic pursuits.

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