Luka Chabukashvili
Luka Chabukashvili
A senior at Madison Consolidated High School has been named as the Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County’s 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for Jefferson County.

The four-year, full-tuition scholarship has been awarded to Luka Chabukashvili, who will receive full tuition to the Indiana college or university of his choice and a $900 stipend for required books and equipment.

Luka is the son of David and Natia Chabukashvili of Madison, and will be attending Indiana University-Bloomington with plans to major in biology. He actively participates in National Honor Society, varsity soccer, theatre and MCHS and has received multiple gold and gold with distinction awards for saxophone at regional and state competitions with the Madison band program. He participates in the Mayor’s Youth Council, Medical Explorers at KDH and serves on the United Way Board.

“I am so blessed to receive this award from the Community Foundation and Lilly Endowment Inc.,” Chabukashvili said. “It is a truly life changing award and I am blessed to be among such a talented group of students. I’m so thankful for my teachers, friends and family that have supported me on my academic journey. It means the world and I can’t express my gratitude enough.”

A total of 23 Jefferson County students applied for the scholarship this year with six finalists chosen. In addition to Chabukashvili, the other finalists and their schools were: Issac Boone, Jessie Dyer and Harper Watson, all of Madison; Madelynn Jacobs of Southwestern and Nathaniel Pawlak of Shawe Memorial. Boone, Dyer, Jacobs, Pawlak and Watson will each receive a $1,000 Community Foundation Scholar Award for being named a finalist.

Independent Colleges of Indiana Inc. (ICI) administers the Lilly Endowment Community statewide and selects the final recipients. ICI is a nonprofit corporation representing 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. A total of 4,769 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded and more than $405 million in scholarship tuition has been provided since the program’s inception in 1998.