Crothersville senior earns full-tuition scholarship

A Jackson County student has been selected as the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Community Foundation of Jackson County 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Madison Reynolds said she felt grateful by her selection.

“It’s really humbling, in all honesty,” the Crothersville High School senior said. “It’s great that anybody can get it, even from a small place like Crothersville.”

Reynolds was selected from a group of outstanding applicants from all six high schools in Jackson County and will receive full tuition to the Indiana college of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment, said Sue Smith, the foundation’s vice president.

Reynolds is the daughter of Jeffrey and Kistian Reynolds. Madison is unsure where she will attend college next fall but currently is considering Indiana University and IUPUI.

“I’m thinking psychology or early childhood education,” Reynolds said. “I studied some of it getting ready for college, and helping people with disabilities seems interesting to me. I help teach in the kindergarten in the morning. It’s really neat down there.”

With the selection of Reynolds, there are now 36 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars from Jackson County, with the first recipient selected in 1998. During the 2017-18 academic year, there will be four Jackson County Lilly Scholars on college campuses throughout the state.

One hundred twenty-three Jackson County seniors from all six high schools applied for the scholarship this year. Criteria for selection included academic achievement, school and community activities showing depth of involvement and leadership and employment showing time management and a desire to help oneself.

Additional criteria included advanced placement and honors classes taken in high school, a required essay and some evidence of financial need.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at or 812-523-7051.