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Lilly Scholarship Program

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has been around since 1998. The Decatur County Community Foundation coordinates this program for all students who reside in Decatur County.  Each applicant completes an application outlining community and academic accomplishments. After the completion of a timed essay, they will announce five Decatur County Lilly finalists. Each Lilly finalist then prepares a five minute presentation and participates in an interview panel. The Lilly Scholar receives full tuition to any school in the state of Indiana. Each finalist receives the Decatur County Community Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5000. We are very proud of their work and dedication to this program. For more about this program, please read our Lilly Scholarship announcement.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge

Indiana. Penn High School. South Adams Middle School. South Decatur Jr/Sr High School. Goshen High School. Center for Inquiry - IPS 2. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow.South Decatur Jr/Sr High School is among the nation’s 250 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition which challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities.

Out of thousands of schools that entered the contest, the 250 state finalist classrooms (five from each state) were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEM learning. All 250 teachers selected as state finalists will receive one Samsung tablet for their classrooms and have the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.

“The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest showcases the talents of student innovators who are identifying and addressing issues impacting their individual communities,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “We are inspired by the desire of these students to ignite lasting change in their communities and look forward to seeing how their STEM projects unfold in the coming months.”

Students pose in front of a South Decatur sign with the cougar logo on itWith $2 million in technology on the line, the 250 state finalists will submit a lesson plan detailing how students will execute the proposed STEM project and how it addresses the identified community issue.

The junior/senior biomedical innovations class submitted the project idea and will receive a Samsung tablet for achieving state finalist status. In the months ahead, instructor Brandy Strand and her students will work on a project to address e-cigarette usage in schools by designing a device that detects the vapors these devices give off due to the chemicals they contain.

Future Competition Phases:

  • State winners: 50 state winners submit a video of their project in action. For achieving state winner status, 40 of those schools will receive a $20,000 Samsung technology package, including a Samsung video kit to produce their video. The other ten will progress as a national finalist.
  • National finalists: ten national finalists will attend a pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage.
  • National grand prize winners: three national winners will receive $100,000 in classroom Samsung technology and supplies.
  • Community Choice Award: The general public will elect one winner from the ten national finalists who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 Samsung technology package.

Interview Opportunities:
Brandy Strand is available for interviews about the local issue her students will work to solve as part of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

Media Contact:
For questions about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, please email For questions about the school’s project, please reach out to Brandy Strand.