2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Nominee Joel Kiers

2013 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Nominee Joel Kiers

Each year, Grant County accredited high schools are asked to nominate one representative for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Award.  The representatives must attend a Grant County high school and have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).  Additionally, they must be in the top 10% of their graduating class, intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana, have strong leadership skills, and demonstrate volunteerism through community service.  They also must interview in front of the Community Foundation’s Lilly Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee chooses two nominees and the remaining four candidates are presented as alternates.  The finalists’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for selection of the recipients. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. ICI sets basic guidelines, reviews the local selection process, and approves final winners chosen in Grant County.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship awards full tuition for four years to the Indiana college of the scholar’s choice, plus a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.  Among the six nominees, two scholars will be chosen as Grant County’s “Lilly Scholars”.

The two (2) Lilly Award Presentations will take place on April 1, 2013 at the schools of the local winners.

The four (4) Runners-up will receive the Robert R. Board and Janis M. Board Scholarship. This scholarship is a $4,500 award renewable for three additional years for a total scholarship award of $18,000.

Joel Kiers
The King’s Academy


Town:  Upland
High School:  The King’s Academy
College Choice:  Taylor University
Major:  Mathematics
High School Class Rank:  1 (of 9)
SAT Score:  2160

1 . What Extra-Curricular Activities have you been involved in over the past 2 – 3 years?
Over the past few years I have played on the school soccer team, participated in 3 school dramas (one of them a musical), been part of the student council, and have occasionally accompanied singing with piano in various places.

2. What are some of your hobbies
I enjoy playing soccer, running, reading, playing piano, and playing the occasional video game.

3. What is your best memory from high school?
My favorite high school memory would have to be our mission trip to Costa Rica. It was a very fun experience to be in another country and culture with all of my friends from school, and it was good to know that we were doing good work there and were helping people. We were able to make some new friends, and old friendships were strengthened.

4. If you could be the best at any one thing, what would you choose?
l’d be the best teacher there could be. I would love to see students enjoying themselves while still leaning. I love watching people as they finally understand something, and I would love to be the best at teaching just to see that happen.

5. What advice would you give underclassmen?
I would advise them to keep their priorities straight and to keep the future in mind. In the underclassmen years, a large amount of importance should be given to education. The actions that they take in these years will have repercussions for the rest of their lives. Also, its good to think about what you really enjoy and what you want to do with your life.

6. If you had an unlimited source of money, how would you spend it?
I would give some money to charities, while realizing that money cannot solve all of the world’s problems. I would probably start my own charity that, instead of handing out money, would train people to work for themselves and manage what money they make. Instead of giving handouts, I would use the money to provide teachers and facilities for learning. Any charity to which I would donate would have to be specific to a location (not a mega-charity) and would have to do the work of training people to support themselves. Something important to realize is that with an unlimited supply of money on my side, the danger is there to destroy the economy by putting inflation through the roof.

7. What are some things you can’t live without?
Putting aside biological necessities (food, water, shelter, etc.), I would rather not live without my family, my close friends, or a good stack of books at my disposal. It would be difficult to give up some other things like the internet or my iPod, but in all honesty, getting rid of those things might make my life a whole lot simpler.

8. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be married and settled down somewhere, working as a high school teacher. I would like to teach Math, Physics, and Spanish, or some combination of the three. Depending on how things work out, I may also be working on getting my doctorate in physics or math. My actual physical location will depend largely on the job market and graduate school location (and on whatever makes my wife happy…).

9. What kind of music is on your iPod/iPhone?
The music on my iPod is made up of bands like Needtobreathe, Switchfoot, Jars of Clay, and various other Christian artists.

10. If you were stranded on an island with only your clothes and three other items, what would they be?
The first item would be my Bible, both as something just to read and as a religious tool. The second item I would take would be a Gerber Compact Fixed Blade knife. Having a good, strong knife would be very useful and practical for basic survival. The third item would be an emergency medical kit in order to compensate for whatever injuries I may sustain. If a “kit” would not be permitted, I would want a good amount of antibiotics, seeing as I could use my clothes as bandages.

11. If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would have dinner with my Grandpa. He passed away a few years ago, and I would love to see him again and have a good laugh with him.

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