Two exceptional students from Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) are set to embark on their collegiate journeys, thanks to the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
Marwad Egbeyemi, a senior at George Washington High School, and Maritza Rodriguez-Bahena, a senior at Crispus Attucks High School, have been recognized for their outstanding commitment to both their studies and their communities.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship covers full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation for books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study at any eligible Indiana public or private, not-for-profit college or university.
Due to his childhood fascination with technology, Egbeyemi plans to major in computer science at either Notre Dame University, Butler University, or Marian University. His ultimate plan is to launch a cybersecurity business once he graduates from college.
The academic rigor at GWHS is challenging and requires full attention to studying and engaging with the teachers, said Egbeyemi, who maintains an impressive GPA of 4.14 while demonstrating his leadership qualities as a three-year starter on the football team, showcasing determination, teamwork, and discipline.”
“If you manage to slip, it can be difficult to recover,” he said. “But, the support system does not get any better than George Washington.”
Rodriguez-Bahena is not only the valedictorian of her graduating class by maintaining a 4.0 GPA, but she has also demonstrated her commitment to healthcare by obtaining a certified nursing assistant (CNA) certification.
Her academic journey goes beyond the traditional high school experience. For two years, she actively participated in IUPUI SPAN, engaging in college-level courses while still in high school. As a member of the inaugural class of the IU Health Fellowship, further solidified her dedication to the field of healthcare.
Rodriguez-Bahena plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington in the fall.
“The Lilly Scholarship will allow me to pursue further education at IU Bloomington without carrying the financial burden that many students do,” she said. “The Lilly Scholarship has allowed me to make my dreams of becoming a professional in health care a reality. Going to college is no longer something out of reach and unattainable. It is now within my hands. Receiving this scholarship has been a pivotal point in my life and the life of my family. I am grateful for such a life-changing opportunity.”
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, established in the 1998-1999 school year, has been a beacon of support for deserving students. To date, it has granted tuition grants totaling over $486 million and has positively impacted the lives of more than 5,000 Indiana students.