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Scholarship Program

Fall 2023 Winner

Lily Hestjean


Celebrating Emerging Scholar Lily Hestjean

Smart Rain Foundation is proud to announce our 2023 Fall Scholarship recipient, Lily Hestjean. She is an enthusiastic student and a role model for creating a more sustainable world.

Lily Hestjean started Purdue Northwest as a Freshman this year, but her collegiate accomplishments began even earlier. During Lily’s senior year at Munster High School in Indiana, Lilly was co-enrolled in college coursework in pursuit of her goal of contributing to solutions for local and global environmental issues. Her dedication to her education is remarkable. This scholarship stands as a testament to Lily’s exceptional academic accomplishments and her unyielding enthusiasm for sustainable environmental practices.

Lily is majoring in Biology, with the goal of working for a nonprofit that assists people in gaining access to clean drinking water and nutritious food. One of Lily’s proudest achievements is her role as a Borlaug scholar with the World Food Prize organization. Through this platform, she collaborates with her peers to pioneer solutions addressing global food and water insecurity. Lily envisions a world where science and sustainability lead the way, and she is working hard to make that dream a reality. Her courage and commitment to facing the climate crisis is truly admirable.

Congratulations to Lily Hestjean on her bright future! She is an excellent example of young leaders forging ahead to build a brighter tomorrow for our communities and the world. Join us in celebrating Lily’s accomplishments and her inspiring pursuit of a greener, more sustainable world. Together, we can make a difference.

Congratulations Lily and good luck at college!

Smart Rain Scholarship opportunities happen twice a year. Invite your university of choice to share this link with their aspiring students.

View Lily's video submission about why her community needs to be mindful of water consumption.

Who is eligible?
High school seniors, as well as current, full-time students at accredited two-year or four-year American universities or colleges may apply. There is no age or specified major requirement.
Award Amount
Each semester, one recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help pay for their educational expenses. The scholarship will be sent directly to the school’s financial aid office.
Selection Process
Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges. The winner will be announced by September 5th for fall semester and January 5th for spring semester. The scholarship panel will also notify winners directly via email.
More Details
The awarded scholarship funds are to be used for tuition only. Once a winner is selected, they must first send a receipt for the semester’s tuition. Afterwards, a check will be written to the recipient’s enrolled school to fund academic costs. The scholarship is non-renewable and is only good for a one-semester cycle. Recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship only once during their lifetime.
Any questions can be directed to Smart Rain’s Hiring Manager. HR@smartrain.net



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