Hard work pays off

Center Grove High School graduate Christina Randall is one of two local students who were selected as a Johnson County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar and will receive four-year, full-tuition scholarships. Here’s a little more about Randall, who was in the top 20 in her class, and her college and career plans:

This is a highly competitive scholarship. Did you always intend to apply for it? What did you think your chances were?

The scholarship is powerful in what it can do for a student financially. I thought I had a good shot at it, but I also was aware that numerous talented students from Johnson Country would be such tough competition. I’m very grateful.

What career plans have you made? What job would you like to have when you’ve graduated?

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I’m considering graduate school, getting my law degree or Masters of Business Administration and pursing internships to see what’s right for me.

Where will you attend college in the fall?

Indiana University in Bloomington.

What will you study?

Economics and public policy.

What were your inspirations for your future studies?

My inspirations were my AP U.S. history teacher, John Frank, and my participation in Model United Nations during high school.

What drives you to succeed?

Being comfortable is dangerous for me. I want to always be working towards completing a project or goal. My drive comes from within but is also inspired by my family, friends and mentors.

Lilly Endowment Scholar: Christina Randall

Name: Christina Randall

Award: Johnson County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

High School: Center Grove High School, class of 2016

College: Indiana University

Major: Public policy and economics

Parents: John and Mercedes Randall of Greenwood

Extracurricular interests: club basketball and running, debate, student government, civic leadership learning

Lilly Endowment Scholar: Sneha Dave

Name: Sneha Dave

Award: Johnson County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

High School: Center Grove High School, class of 2016

College: Indiana University

Major: public health

Parents: Sachin and Seema Dave of Greenwood

Extracurricular interests: previously helped establish the Crohn’s and Colitis Teen Times and was president of the Center Grove High School Dance Marathon

At a glance

Johnson County Community Foundation 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

What: Winners get four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the Indiana college or university of their choice, and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

Who: Applicants were selected based on volunteer community service, academic preparation and performance, leadership and good character. The community foundation received 50 applications for the scholarships and whittled the group down to just six finalists who were chosen to be interviewed for the awards.