The Paper file photo by Lori PoteetAmit Nag has been named a recipient of the Lilly Endowment.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Amit Nag has been named a recipient of the Lilly Endowment.
The Montgomery County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Amit Nag has been named the recipient of a full-tuition, four-year scholarship as the Montgomery County Community Foundation 2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

"It was a moment of extreme joy, overwhelming relief, and I was speechless," he said. "I was so happy that I won that I could not think of anything to say at the time that I was told that I was the recipient."

Nag will receive full tuition to the Indiana College of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

"I felt so honored to be chosen. I know several of the finalists, and they are outstanding students," Nag said. "The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is a prestigious award, and I am so happy to receive it and to represent Montgomery County."

Nag is the son of Mihir Kumar Nag and Sutapa Nag. He is a senior at Crawfordsville High School where he is a member of the National Honor Society, serving as treasurer. He is a four-year member of the Science Academic Team, Spell Bowl, Model UN, Math Academic Team and the Spanish Club. He served the academic teams as captain for three years and his school as a member of the Link Crew/Athenian Corps. He has received many honors and awards including four years on the high honor roll; a four-year recipient of the President's Education Award; a Boys' State Delegate; Prudence Kimball Phillips Chemistry Award and the McClellan-Long Foreign Language Award. As a senior, he is a member of the Varsity Tennis Team. He also enjoys acting in the high school dramas and has been a cast member of every play for four years. He played one of the leads in the play presented in the fall of his senior year.

"I would like to thank my family for always being there to encourage and support me, my teachers at Crawfordsville High School for helping me to grow as a student, and the Montgomery County Community Foundation for nominating me as the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship," he said.

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 percent of their graduating class by the end of June, 2013, with a diploma from an accredited Montgomery County High School.

As one of 24 local applicants for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, Nag participated in a highly selective review process that evaluated each student's application. The criteria used to select scholarship finalists are mostly based on academic achievement and a written essay. Student activities and leadership are also considered in the selection. Finalists are required to appear before the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Community Foundation for an interview. Concluding the process, the scholarship committee narrowed the field of applicants to one nominee and two alternates. These finalists' names and applications were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final approval as is required by Lilly Endowment Inc.

There were 142 scholarships awarded statewide by the Lilly Endowment.

Attempts to reach Crawfordsville High Principal Greg Hunt were unsuccessful.