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Senior receives Lilly Endowment Scholarship

Senior Sophia Hottois is one of four local recipients of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, entitling her to four years of full tuition at any Indiana college as well as a $900 stipend for books and other expenses. Sophia said she feels honored to receive the scholarship and is deciding between Indiana, Butler, and Purdue universities.

“I feel extremely honored and blessed to receive this scholarship to ease my family’s hardships and make all my hard work truly mean something,” she said, adding that her mother has been undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer and is no longer able to work.

Sophia played Volleyball and is the senior executive delegate for the House of Humility, a Student Ambassador, a Eucharistic Minister, and a member of the National Honor Society and Honor Council. She plans to major in pre-law and political science with the intention of going on to law school.

She said she wants to become an attorney in order to help others.

“I want to help people who can’t advocate for themselves,” Sophia said. “I think people should always have someone fighting for them.”

Sophia said she enjoys helping others and has accumulated more than 100 service hours, most of them since the summer after her sophomore year when she represented Providence at the HOBY Conference. She enjoyed attending so much that she trained to return as a junior facilitator. Her local service to organizations like In Heaven’s Eyes and St. Vincent DePaul met the nonprofit’s service requirement.

Because of the pandemic, the 2020 HOBY Leadership Conference was held virtually, and Sophia was glad to be a part of it.

Attending the 2019 conference “helped me recognize my own style of leadership, how I work in a group of people, and how I can contribute to the community based on what I know about myself,” she said. She was happy to help those in her small group learn those same things during the virtual conference.

The two-day virtual conference was held via Zoom, with the large group sessions featuring 150 people on the call at one time. The attendees then broke into small groups of about five people. Sophia supported the efforts of the adult leader by sharing a positive attitude and enthusiasm during their sessions.

Sophia said being chosen as a HOBY junior facilitator and Lilly Endowment Scholar is validation of her efforts to “show how dedicated (she is) to making the community a better place.”

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