Each year, high school seniors throughout Indiana apply to the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, commonly known as the Lilly Scholarship. The Lilly Scholarship provides a full-tuition scholarship to any Indiana public or private college or university. This year, Isabell Austin, a senior at Central Catholic, was awarded one of the Lilly Scholarships.
“Isabell has always been a very curious, observant and kind person. She has spent her childhood exploring her interests while keeping learning and love for God and others at the top of her priority list,” said Izzy’s mom Jennifer. “She has become a very well rounded, level headed young lady. This has become most apparent in her senior year with her leadership roles as a yearbook editor and president of Interact. She always maintains good grades AND works two jobs. When challenges present themselves, Izzy summons the strength to work through them without losing sight of her integrity and through open communication with her friends, family, and prayer. I am amazed at all that this seventeen-year-old manages to achieve through diligence, focus, and time management.”
With a love of art and science as well as an interest in stage management for school theater productions, photography, and creative writing, Izzy plans on majoring in Computer Science, with a focus on Cybersecurity, and minoring in Creative Writing. Additionally, she plans to continue participating in clubs and theater in college. She has not made a final decision on what college or university she will attend next year as she has not heard back from all of her applications, but Butler and Rose-Hulman are currently her top two choices.
“Receiving this award is so amazing, I can’t even put it into words. Being recognized for my hard work and achievements in and outside of school is incredibly rewarding,” said Izzy. “The Lilly Endowment Scholarship is a huge network of opportunities that I can’t wait to explore! This scholarship has opened up so many doors for me and my future.”
Izzy was told about winning the scholarship during class. A video of her surprise can be seen below. Congratulations to Izzy! We wish you the best next year.