Lilly Scholarship

Senior Cody Brelage Earns Lilly Scholarship
Posted on 12/12/2018
Cody Interview

By Gavin Wilson

For the third time in the past four years, a Delta High School student has been selected for the Lilly Scholarship for Delaware County.

Delta senior Cody Brelage received the honor on Tuesday, Dec. 11.  Representatives of the scholarship came to school to surprise him with the announcement.

Three years ago, Nick Bantz and Anna Groover each won the Lilly, which is awarded to only two seniors in Delaware County each year.  There were 97 applicants this year.

The Lilly covers full tuition to any public or private college or university in Indiana.  It also covers fees and provides a stipend for books and equipment.

Brelage currently ranks No. 1 in the Class of 2019 academic rankings and is involved in 40 co-curricular, extracurricular, and community activities.

For Brelage, keeping track of deadlines impacts how he maintains his busy academic and extracurricular schedule.

He said he continually questions whether he can get involved in more activities due to his time being stretched so thin. His schedule is as busy as President Trump on Twitter.

Using “crazy time management,” Brelage manages to do his homework and stay in line to become the next valedictorian. Between classes he carries several books with him so he can complete his homework. Even at home, he stows away in his room doing homework so he doesn’t get behind.

Though Brelage may seem like an extrovert now, it hasn’t always been that way. At Royerton Elementary he would see how long he could go without talking. This “game” lasted until fourth grade when he was introduced to theatre. Now he acts in a variety of plays --he was Doody in Grease and was Neleus and a chimney sweep in Mary Poppins -- at Muncie Civic Theatre and even sells tickets and works concessions during show times.

Muncie Civic Theatre is just one small sample of a 40-piece puzzle of Brelage’s extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Practicing for the varsity swimming team adds a total of 270 hours to his schedule. Performing with the PRIDE Team accounts for 70 more hours. Working at various National Honor Society events blocks off 20 more hours. And there are still 36 more activities begging for his attention.

“Each (activity) has its own impact,” Brelage said. “They all define me.”


  • Soccer (9-10)

  • Swimming (9-12)

  • Cross Country (11-12)

  • Delaware County 4-H (9-12)

  • Delaware County PRIDE Team (9-12)

  • Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy (9-12)

  • National Honor Society (10-12)

  • Freshmen Mentors (10-12)

  • Freshmen Mentor Council (10-12)

  • Muncie Civic Theatre (9-12)

  • Church Choir (9-12)

  • Concert Choir (9-12)

  • Student Government (9-10,12)

  • Teacher’s Aide (10-12)

  • Richard G. Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders (11)

  • Youth to Youth Conference (11)

  • Church Sound Board Operator (12)

  • Youth Salute (12)

  • ICDA All-State Honor Choir (12)

  • Secret Families (9-12)

  • Coat Drive (11)

  • School Equipment Drive (11)

  • Crew/ Tech at Muncie Civic Theatre (10-12)

  • PRIDE Performances (9-12)

  • Grounds Work (11)

  • Church Choir (9-12)

  • Sunday School Teacher (9-10)

  • Snow Removal (9-10)

  • Lynd House (9-12)

  • Set-up/ Tear-down Fairgrounds (9-12)

  • 4-H Project Check-in/ Judging/ Concessions (9-12)

  • National Anthem (9-12)

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing (9-12)

  • Muncie Ironman 70.3 (9)

  • Living Proof (9-12)

  • Acting at Muncie Civic (9-12)

  • Lawn Care (2016-present)

  • Farmers’ Market Salesperson/ Odd Jobs (2017-present)

  • Box Office Staff at Muncie Civic Theatre (2018-present)

  • Audits Mickie Marie’s Theatre 326 class (2018-present)