Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 1, 2021

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, 2022.  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 29, 2022.
  • 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.
  • 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 Knox County, Indiana.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Knox County or Indiana high school or academy by the end of June 2022.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (ERW + M) or a minimum ACT score of 25 or rank in the top 10% of their class.
  • Be available for an interview on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

First phase (75 points)

  • Academic performance (GPA, class ranking, consideration of difficulty of courses taken, and consistency of grades over 3 years of high school – 30 points)
  • Community service and volunteer activities (consideration of intensity and longevity of service, number and type of organizations serving, and leadership qualities demonstrated through service – 15 points)
  • Personal statement of goals (consideration of grammar, overall presentation, clarity of goal statement, and community and civic pride – 5 points)
  • Work experience (demonstration of consistency, teamwork, and dependability – 5 points)
  • School activities and honors/awards (leadership roles in activities indicating a team spirit, working well with others, commitment, and drive; academic honors and/or awards, honors from civic or volunteer work – 10 points)
  • Essay (Effectiveness in answering question and communicating ideas, grammar, clarity, and tone – 10 points)

Second phase (25 points) is the finalist interview.

  • Communication of ideas and interview skills (applicant answers questions clearly and thoroughly, answers reflect thought, uses appropriate grammar, has a professional appearance, demonstrates poise)

In the event of a tie between two candidates, each committee member will confidentially vote on the most worthy candidate, and the selection will be made by the majority vote.


Guidance counselors will provide student transcripts and test scores directly to the Community Foundation via our online platform.

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