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Sandage awarded Lilly scholarship

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PERRY COUNTY – A Perry County student has been named the recipient of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship as the Perry County 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Hunter Sandage will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Hunter is the son of Scot Sandage. He wishes to attend Purdue University and study professional flight technology. He plans on becoming a pilot.

While attending Tell City Junior-Senior High School, Hunter has been involved in the Spanish Club, National Honor Society, student council and student government.

He is involved with the Evangelical United Church of Christ and has assisted at the Perry County Animal Shelter. He is in the band, where he was a drum captain and named outstanding junior musician.

He was also in the musical productions his junior and senior year. He has played soccer, football, was in track and swam.

The Lilly Endowment asks that each county submit a procedure for selecting applicants.

Specific rules and guidelines were strictly followed. Applications were accepted until mid-January. The local committee reviewed the applications and based on the scores, they narrowed the field and selected several finalists to interview.

The names of the top scoring students, based on their applications and interviews, are forwarded to the Independent Colleges of Indiana for the selection of the recipient.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.

There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide.