Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

August 28, 2020

Conditions for the Award

Students named as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Indiana high school and receive diploma no later than June 30, 2021.  A high school is considered accredited for purposes of the program if it is accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education.  Although home-schooled students are ineligible to apply for the LECS, students enrolled in accredited online high schools may be eligible.  Contact your Community Foundation for more information.
  • Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Select the college or university they will attend prior to April 30, 2021.
  • Hold freshman status upon entering their chosen college or university.
  • Apprise the Community Foundation Alliance annually of their academic status while pursuing their baccalaureate degree and of their postgraduate status (education and employment) for at least ten years after graduation.
  • Account for and return to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) any amount of the allocation for required books and equipment remaining at the end of each school year.
  • Refrain from applying for scholarships awarded through the Foundation’s Community Scholarship Program upon notification of award of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.
  • Disclose additional scholarship offers.  (When recipients receive additional scholarships, those additional scholarships will be reviewed in order to ensure that each Lilly Scholar receives the full scholarship amount(s) that are due.  The amount awarded under the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program may be adjusted to avoid having a scholar’s total award package exceed the Cost of Attendance.)
  • Agree to the conditions outlined in the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Agreement (available through the application form).

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants will:

  • Be a resident of Indiana and a resident of or attend high school in Gibson County.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Gibson County or Indiana high school or academy by the end of June 2021.
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement in completed course work with at least a 3.75 cumulative grade point average (unweighted 4.0 scale). Have a minimum SAT score of 1100 (ERW + M) or a minimum ACT score of 22 or a minimum PSAT score of 1100.
  • Have completed the college prep curriculum in high school upon graduation.
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee on October 5, 2020, if selected as a finalist, and be prepared to write a short essay on September 25, 2020, on a selected topic prior to the interview.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • GPA (cumulative grade point average – 15%)
  • School activities and work experience (indicators that a student is well-rounded and gets along with others, indicators that applicant can handle and prioritize multiple demands, commitment to an area of interest, leadership roles in activities, consideration of intensity and longevity of activities, number and variety of organizations, link to career and personal goals – 15%)
  • Community service and volunteer activities (longevity of service and number and variety of organizations – 10%)
  • Impromptu essay (student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support position with reasoning and specific examples – 15%)
  • Personal statement/Unusual circumstances (student states how their school and community activities and/or work experience relate to their career and/or personal goals; student facing unusual or special circumstances – 10%)
  • Finalist interview (student demonstrates confidence in answers, answers all questions clearly, indicates knowledge of his/her community, demonstrates honesty and sincerity; indicates critical thinking – 35%)

In the event of a tie and indecision of the top nominees, the student with the highest interview score will be selected as the nominee.  In the event of indecision, the members of the committee will confidentially vote on the most worthy candidate.  The candidate with the most votes will receive the nomination.

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