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Two students awarded Lilly scholarships

Dec. 13, 2016

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Two Concordia Lutheran High School students were awarded today with full tuition and fees college scholarships from the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne honored seniors Keontré Hughes and Alaina Stellwagen with full-ride scholarships to any four-year Indiana college or university. Students are awarded the scholarships based on hardship and financial need along with strong academics.

“Both of them fit the scholarship to a ‘T,’” said Krista Arnold, scholarship manager for the Community Foundation. “This is a reward for that, and we are happy to pass along the good news.”

Hughes is considering the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University and Purdue University to study biological engineering. Stellwagen has been accepted to Indiana University but is still looking at other schools. She plans to study journalism.

According to the Community Foundation, they received 105 applications for the scholarship this year, and five were selected — two at Concordia.

“Unbelievable,” Hughes said. “It’s a big relief,” Stellwagen added.

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at