Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 6, 2017

Conditions for the Award

Students named as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Indiana high school and receive diploma by the end of June 2018.  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 by May 1, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Decline any 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.)

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 by June 2018 and attend full senior year at the same high school.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (ERW + M) or a minimum ACT score of 25.
  • Be available for an interview on September 29, 2017 with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • Academic performance (top third of class, GPA, has taken challenging courses throughout his/her high school career, SAT/ACT scores – 35%)
  • Essay 1: Submitted with application (consideration of grammar, overall presentation, and clarity of thought – 7%)
  • School activities, community 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%)
  • Finalist interview (student demonstrates confidence in answers, answers all questions clearly, indicates knowledge of his/her community, indicates unusual hardships, indicates critical thinking – 35%)
  • Essay 2: Submitted day of finalist interview (consideration of grammar, overall presentation, and clarity of thought – 8%)

In the event of a tie, the student with the highest interview score will be selected as the nominee.

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