2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award


The Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Aaron Cox has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the MCCF 2016 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. He will receive full tuition to the Indiana College of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment. Aaron is pictured here along with his parents and MCCF Executive Director, Kelly Taylor.

Aaron is the son of Chris and Nancy Cox and is a senior at Southmont High School. This National Merit Scholar Finalist has made time in his busy schedule for an impressive amount of volunteer service, earning him the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 100 Hours of Community Service. Through his church youth group, he has participated in volunteer activities serving many local nonprofits and has done yard work for senior citizens and helped with a Community Vacation Bible School. He has mentored junior high students in math, coached youth baseball and basketball and instructed tennis. He has volunteered alongside Nucor employees assisting with the Community Easter Egg Hunt, Christmas Celebration, and the annual Tree Give-Away. He helped develop Digital Citizen Curriculum for Elementary Students which is available in the Apple Store.

Aaron has many other outstanding achievements including Hoosier Boy’s State Delegate as well as a Wendy’s Heisman State Finalist, which is an award recognizing academic achievement, leadership, and athletics. He played Varsity Tennis and is currently the Captain of the Varsity Baseball Team. He served as Class President in grades 9 and 10 and currently remains a Council Member. He also works weekends at a local sandwich shop known for its “freaky fast” service.

About the award, Aaron stated, “I am so thankful for this honor. What a blessing it is to be chosen to represent Montgomery County for such a prestigious and life-changing award. Thanks to the Lilly Endowment and MCCF, I have the incredible opportunity to attend Notre Dame in the fall to study Economics and Political Science. I give credit to my family and the wonderful teachers, coaches, and community members who have guided and supported me. Most of all, I want to honor God for what He has shaped me to be and in whatever path He plans for me to take.”

To be considered for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, students must be a resident of Montgomery County, must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.85 on a scale of 4.00 and graduate in the top 10% of their graduating class by the end of June, 2016, with a diploma from an accredited public Montgomery County High School. The MCCF congratulates Aaron as well as all the Lilly finalists for their oustanding achievements.