Tillman-Robinson Endowed Scholarship
The Tillman-Robinson Endowed Scholarship was established in 2006 by Douglas L. Tillman '70 with matching funds from Lilly Endowment, Inc., for the benefit of students who need financial assistance to attend Franklin College. Mr. Tillman completed his baccalaureate degree in psychology and economics from Franklin, where he also earned a reputation as a campus leader through his service as president of Student Congress for two years and his involvement with a number of campus organizations. After an almost 33-year distinguished career at Eli Lilly and Company, Mr. Tillman retired as Associate General Counsel in 2003. The scholarship is in honor of Mr. Tillman's mother, Isabelle V. Tillman, and her sister and his aunt, Alice Lucille Robinson. Mrs. Tillman and Mrs. Robinson played a significant role in encouraging and supporting Mr. Tillman as he pursued his educational, professional and personal goals. Although they were not college trained themselves, these ladies understood the value of a college education. Moreover, the wisdom and knowledge gained from their life experiences and imparted to him continues to be an inspiration.
The first preference for awarding the Tillman-Robinson Endowed Scholarship shall be given first to members of the Tillman-Robinson family and then after, but not limited, to assist any deserving African American students demonstrating financial need and leadership ability.