Mt. Vernon High School senior Maitlyn Griner was one of two seniors in Hancock County to receive the coveted Lilly Endowment Scholarship. She will receive a full four-year tuition at an Indiana college or university.
Maitlyn Griner is heavily involved in Mt. Vernon High School’s clubs and activities. She has been a part of the student government during all four years, a Marauder Mentor for three years, and in the Marauder Mob for all four years. Additionally, she has participated in varsity softball each year.
An activity that sets her above the curve is her role in Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) where she is the exclusive Youth Advocacy Board member for the state of Indiana. Her role is to advocate for D.A.R.E.'s mission of teaching students to lead safe and healthy lives by facilitating and spearheading a variety of activities. After high school, she plans on attending Butler or Purdue and pursuing degrees in Civil Engineering and Forensic Science.
Upon hearing of her selection for the Lilly award, Maitlyn remarked, " I am so humbled to have received this award considering all of the immensely talented individuals that were under consideration." She also discussed her plans to give back to Hancock County and to continue being a leader in her community.
Though there could only be two winners, Mt. Vernon High School had two highly qualified finalists, Hayden Kovell and Maitlyn Griner. To even be considered for this scholarship, Hayden and Maitlyn had to prove their academic excellence by being in the top 15% of their graduating class while also displaying their outstanding involvement and service to the community. The applications were reviewed blindly, and community service is one of the primary considerations for this scholarship. Hayden Kovell volunteers throughout the community at several organizations such as the Fortville Area Resource Mission, Shepherd Community Center, Traditions at Brookside, Kenneth Butler Memorial Soup Kitchen, Kyle Guy Foundation, and East 91st St Christian Church. She is also involved in several clubs and activities at Mt. Vernon including the National Honor Society, Marauder Mentors, AfriCAN, Marauder Mob, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Life, tennis, and basketball.
Mt. Vernon High School Principal, Mr. Casey Dodd, introduced Maitlyn and Hayden as the Lilly Endowment finalists at the November MVCSC School Board meeting, stating, "What these students do with the skills learned from the classroom by going out into the community and making an impact is such a huge thing."
Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation is extremely proud to have hardworking students in academics who also prioritize the importance of giving back to their community. Mt. Vernon Schools wishes both Maitlyn and Hayden the best of luck in their future endeavors!