Thomas Horlander wins Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Reporter 2014

Every year, a committee of five members from the Bishop Chatard community come together and nominate four seniors (two from Hamilton county and two from Marion) for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship that is presented every year. Every school has the opportunity to nominate two students from their school. Because BCHS draws most of its students from two counties, it gets four nominees.

Begun in 1998, the program offers 4-year, full-tuition scholarships to Indiana students who intend to work toward a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The scholarship also provides $900 per year for required books and equipment.

Applications are reviewed and 64 students go to an interview process. From there, nine recipients were chosen to receive the scholarship.

Senior Thomas Horlander is one of those nine from Marion County. Horlander was not going to apply until a friend encouraged him to do so. “I’m really excited that I got this scholarship. It’s a big opportunity and will open up many doors for me,” he said. The scholarship will be awarded to Horlander at the end of April. He plans on using the scholarship to go to IUPUI to study electrical engineering.

The application process starts in late October for juniors that wish to apply for the nomination next year. The nomination application seeks seniors who serve, have a financial need, show leadership qualities and then, reviews your academic ability. See Mr. Aaron Mooney, college adviser, if you are interested in the scholarship next year. by Madison McClung