By Valerie Werkmeister
A North Posey High School senior has won the lottery…in a sense. Cody Devine was surprised in the middle of class Friday afternoon with the news that he had been chosen as this year’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from the Posey County Community Foundation (PCCF).
The award gives Devine a full tuition scholarship to a four-year Indiana college of his choice. In addition, he will also receive a $900 stipend to pay for books. He has chosen to attend Notre Dame in the fall to pursue a degree in pre-medicine, chemistry or biology. He intends to become a physician, practicing in emergency medicine.
Divine was given an opportunity in his early high school years to job shadow doctors in the emergency room (E.R.) department at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Divine was one of 20 students selected in his freshman year to attend the Health Science Institute. He said it was this extensive job shadowing experience that led him to choose to pursue a career as an E.R. doctor. For the second year of the program, he was one of five students selected to take part in the training.
During his four years in high school, Devine has been involved in St. Wendel and St. Francis For Youth (SWAFFY), has served on student council, was chosen as his class president during his sophomore, junior and senior years, was inducted into the National Honor Society, has served on the Science Academy team, and has served on the North Posey Relay for Life committee as co-chair of activities.
Devine’s parents, Chad and Jennifer Devine, along with his grandparents, David and Lynda Devine, were included in the surprise award presentation. Recipients are not told they were chosen to receive the scholarship until it is presented in a surprise ceremony.
Devine stated he was thankful for the support he has received from his family and friends as well as the opportunity from the PCCF board.
According to a press release from PCCF Director, Johnna Denning, the scholarship committee evaluated 21 applicants based on academic achievement, involvement in community and school activities, work experience and written essays. After the interview process, the committee narrowed the field to eight finalists and finally, to one nominee and one alternate. Those names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana , Inc. (ICI) for the selection of the recipient.
ICI is a non-profit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, non-profit, private colleges and universities in the state.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education.
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