Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Andrew Mauder, 201 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient. photo by Natalie Noel, Noel Photo’s

Andrew Mauder, 201 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipient.
photo by Natalie Noel, Noel Photo’s

After a rigorous application process including an interview and a demonstration of outstanding achievements, Andrew Mauder has been named the 37th Owen County recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  The Owen County Community Foundation has awarded this full-tuition, four-year scholarship since 1998 to honor the county student who has demonstrated the highest achievements in academics, service to their high school and involvement in the community, leadership, and recognition through honors and awards earned while in high school.

 Andrew, a senior at Owen Valley High School, will receive full tuition for four-years to an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.  Andrew is the son of Jeff and Renny Mauder of Spencer.  Andrew would like to pursue an engineering degree at Purdue University.  Andrew can now finalize his decision with the added honor of being named a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for Owen County.

This year, there were twenty-seven Owen County students eligible to compete for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Nine students were selected as finalists and eight went through the process with the OCCF Scholarship Committee. Two of the finalists attend Cloverdale High School and six attend Owen Valley High School. 

“The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is the highest academic scholarship available locally to Owen County students,” said Mark Rogers, president and CEO of the OCCF. “All our candidates and especially the finalists had amazing careers in high school, but after some tough competition Andrew’s accomplishments led the way.”

Using criteria developed by OCCF’s board of directors and approved by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), the scholarship committee evaluated applications and recommended a nominee and alternates to the OCCF board.  With endorsement by OCCF’s board, nominations were then forwarded to ICI for the final selection of Owen County’s 2019 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in Indiana.  Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have earned bachelor’s degrees. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide initiative of the Lilly Endowment Inc. to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, and to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundation can play in their communities.  The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program encourages and supports the efforts of past and present Lilly Endowment Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, government, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. 

Since its inception, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has provided 4,600 scholarships; this total does not include the 143 that will be awarded this year.  Providing a total of over $392 million in tuition and book stipends.  Including this year’s recipient, a total of 37 Owen County students have received the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, enabling them to attend an Indiana college of their choice.

The Owen County Community Foundation believes every student needs to graduate from high school and continue their education, whether through a 4-year college, a 2-year program, or vocational training.  They manage over 50 scholarship funds, including a group of scholarships available to post-secondary education students working toward 2-year or 4-year degrees.  The local scholarship process is currently underway, and will remain open until January 10, 2019.  If you have questions about the variety of scholarships offered through your OCCF, please call them at 829-1725, stop by the office on the south side of the square, 60 E. Market St, or  

Owen County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

1998  Kristen Sweat Heath
1999  Heather Jo Light,  Amber Trowbridge-Mullin
2000  Jacqueline Hudgins Bixler, Emily MacMorran Wandel
2001  Amber (Dunning) Augustus, Emily Dieter Vella, Kristen Fuhs Wells
2002  Joshua Clark, Valerie Ray
2003  Lindsey Vuke Clark, Kelsey Hanlon, Jessica Shipley
2004  Sarah Goddard-Martin, Michelle Heck, Jeanna Morris Srinivasan
2005  Audra Duling Hopf, Ryan McKalip
2006  Dinah Bailey Jacobs, Emily Schenck Pavich
2007  Kellan Babbs, Matthew Wall
2008  Ethan Fields, Ethan Kestenman
2009  Kyle Faulkner, Alex Swenson
2010  Carlye Peterson, Elizabeth (Schenck) Jones
2011  John Petry
2012  Jacy Schrougham
2013  Tyler Schenck
2014  Morgan Schafer
2015  Darby DeFord
2016  Eleanor Coffin
2017  Andrew D. Johnson
2018 Elizabeth Beeman
2019 Andrew Mauder


Lilly Endowment Community Scholars
Where are they now?

Amber Trowbridge Mullins  1999 LECS Scholar

Amber Trowbridge Mullins
1999 LECS Scholar

Amber Trowbridge Mullin was one of our first Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. She received the scholarship in 1999. 

After graduating with honors from Indiana University in 2003, Amber was hired at Edgewood Primary School as a kindergarten teacher.  For the past 12 years she taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. Amber took off the year she had her daughter and the year before she started kindergarten to be "just Mama."  In 2008, Amber received her masters from Indiana Wesleyan University in reading instruction, and this year she accepted the position as a reading teacher for the Edgewood primary and the intermediate schools.

Amber married her husband Charles of now ten years in December of 2004.  They live on a farm in Gosport, and he is the owner of Mullin Equipment in Spencer.  In June of 2008 they had their daughter Macy, their pride and joy! In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her daughter.  

Macy loves the arts, so Amber and her daughter paint, do pottery, attend plays, and sing and dance.  As a family, they enjoy playing on the farm, traveling, and being with family.  This past December the Mullin family had the opportunity to travel to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and see the Nutcracker.  This summer they are thrilled to be building a new home in Parkview Estates in Spencer, and anticipate moving in this fall.

Amber (Dunning) Augustus  2001 LECS Scholar

Amber (Dunning) Augustus
2001 LECS Scholar

After graduating Owen Valley in 2001, Amber (Dunning) Augustus attended Hanover College where she played varsity golf and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  Amber graduated from Hanover in December of 2005 with a degree in economics and finance.  

Since Hanover, she has worked for Irwin Union Bank in Indianapolis, Community First Bank in Kokomo, and now Horizon Bank in Greenwood where she is a Commercial Portfolio Manager and Senior Credit Analyst and manages the commercial loan portfolio for Johnson County.  In 2012, Amber married Kenny-Ray Augustus. They now live in Bargersville with their dog, Harrison.  Kenny-Ray is the Special Teams Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach for the University of Indianapolis.

Amber was the 2001 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Your Owen County Community Foundation has now awarded 33 Lilly Scholars since the start of the program in 1998.

Audra Duling Hopf  2005 LECS Scholar

Audra Duling Hopf
2005 LECS Scholar

We love to stay up to date on the successes of our past Owen County Lilly Endowment Community Scholars and share those updates with our community. We caught up with Audra Duling Hopf, our 2005 Lilly Scholar, who graduated from Owen Valley. Audra then attended Taylor University where she majored in Elementary Education and graduated in 2009. Three years later, she earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Specialist license from Ball State University. 

After completing her education, Audra was hired as a first grade teacher at Jackson Township Elementary in Clay County. The following year, she moved to fifth grade where she remained for the next nine years. As a teacher, Audra enjoyed building relationships with her students, finding new ways to help her students love learning, creating hands-on learning experiences, and volunteering at school events. She also coached track at North Clay Middle School. Audra will not be returning to the classroom this coming school year. She has decided to take a break from teaching so that she can stay at home with her son. Audra feels very blessed to have had a job she loved so much and will miss being in the classroom; however, she is very thankful for and excited to have the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom!

Audra and her husband Nathan recently celebrated four years of marriage. Their son, Caleb, will be celebrating his first birthday this fall. Audra and her family enjoy traveling, kayaking, trying new restaurants, being a part of Owen Valley Christian Fellowship Church, and camping. They enjoy living in Owen County again and spending time on the family cattle farm.

Emily Schenck Pavich  2006 LECS Scholar

Emily Schenck Pavich
2006 LECS Scholar

Emily Schenck Pavich was one of our two Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for 2006. 

After graduating from Owen Valley, Emily went to school at Purdue University College of Pharmacy. Following graduation from pharmacy school, she completed one year of generalized Pharmacy Practice residency and one year of Emergency Medicine specialized pharmacy residency at Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia.

Following completion of two years of residency, Emily moved to Bloomington and took a position as an Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacist at IU Health Bloomington Hospital Emergency Department. This was a new role within the pharmacy department, so Emily helped develop this position and has served in the position for two years now.

Besides her clinical role in the Emergency Department, Emily precepts pharmacy students from the three schools of pharmacy in Indiana (Purdue, Butler, and Manchester), precepts pharmacy residents, serves as the research coordinator for the residency program, as well as serving on several local and some IU Health system-level multi-disciplinary committees.

Emily and her husband Joe Pavich celebrated seven years of marriage this year with the birth of their first child, Charlotte, born April Fool's day.

Outside of her busy work and family life, Emily’s hobbies include being a new mom, quilting, and other crafts. She also enjoys jogging, baking, and sampling libations at local breweries.

Your OCCF is proud to have been a part of Emily’s educational plan with the awarding of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and we’re proud to see her and her young family helping their community.