Heights' Rosemary Allison Receives Lilly Scholarship

Heights’ Rosemary Allison Receives Lilly Scholarship

The Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, are pleased to announce that Hamilton Heights senior, Rosemary Allison was among 13 applicants from Marion and Hamilton Counties awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Recipients will receive up to four years of full tuition to attend any accredited public or private not-for-profit college or university in Indiana.

Area high schools submitted two students for consideration by the nominating committees at The Indianapolis Foundation, the CICF affiliate serving Marion County, and Hamilton County Community Foundation (formerly Legacy Fund), the CICF affiliate serving Hamilton County. Sixty-nine and 30 students were interviewed in each county, respectively, and finalists’ names were submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. for final selection.

“I cried” said Rosemary Allison when she heard she was a recipient of the grant last week. “I couldn’t believe it,” she recalled after receiving the call that she was among those selected. “This is life changing and I am both humbled and grateful.”

After hearing an announcement from the Guidance Office about this grant opportunity last fall, Allison looked into it. She fit the requirements and thought “why not give it a shot…even if it was a long shot.” She completed the application and submitted it to her guidance counselor. She was among the two students selected from Hamilton Heights to interview at Lilly for the grant. “I was really nervous but knew the interview was going to be a make or break moment,” recalled Allison, who shook every interviewer’s hand and thanked them for their consideration. “I think the handshake left a good impression and helped make the difference.”

Allison says she has wanted to be an engineer since the fifth grade. “I fell in love with chemistry after my first class and from that point my focus has been on becoming a chemical engineer,” she said. Currently, Allison is looking at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Purdue to continue her post-secondary education next fall. The Husky drum major is among the Top 10 students in her class and a member of band, BPA, Drama Club, SWAG, Venture Crew, National Youth Leadership Training.

“I was so excited for Rosemary that I cried when she cried!” said Jarrod Mason, Principal, Hamilton Heights High School. “It couldn't have gone to a better person. I think that's what makes Rosemary so unique. She is extremely humble, and very grounded. She doesn't expect anything from anyone, and she's not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do what it takes to be successful. I couldn't be happier for her, and I know this is just the beginning.”

A total of 143 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships were awarded as part of the statewide Lilly Endowment initiative, which has awarded 4,626 scholarships and funding over $392 million since 1998. CICF and its affiliates are currently accepting applications for nearly 50 other funds.


Photo caption: Hamilton Heights High School Senior, Rosemary Allison, is among the 13 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients from Hamilton and Marion Counties. She will receive up to four years of full tuition to attend any accredited public or private not-for-profit college or university in Indiana. Allison plans to purse a degree in chemical engineering at either Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology or Purdue University next fall. Photo provided.