Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

August 30, 2018

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 2019.  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, 2019.
  • 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 June 2019.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1200 (ERW + M) or a minimum ACT score of 25.
  • Be available for an interview on Friday, October 5, 2018, 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 (100 points)

  • Academic performance (ACT Score and/or SAT Score, GPA, class ranking, consideration of difficulty of courses taken for 3 1/2 years of high school – 45 points)
  • Community service and volunteer activities (consider intensity and longevity of service, number of organizations served, demonstrates desire to be involved in community – 15 points)
  • Essay (based on content, depth of thought, tone, and writing conventions – 10 points)
  • School activities (leadership roles in activities, indicating a team spirit, working well with others, and commitment and drive – 10 points)
  • Honors and awards (academic honors and awards, awards and honors from civic organizations and from volunteer work – 10 points)
  • Work experience (indicates that a student has a consistent work history, works well with others, and is dependable – 5 points)
  • Personal statement of goals (student states goals clearly, which includes becoming a valued member of the community after college – 5 points)

Second phase (30 points) is the finalist interview.

  • Communication of ideas (based on responses to interview questions: is ready to answer questions, has complete answers that reflect thought, answers thoroughly and appropriately, focuses before answering, displays ability to interact with interview team, rephrases question when necessary, uses appropriate grammar, speaks clearly and at appropriate levels, uses no slang or filler language – 15 points)
  • Interview skills (is dressed in appropriate business attire and is neatly groomed, shakes hands when entering the room, waits to be invited to sit, makes eye contact with interview team, asks questions during or after interview, thanks interview team at conclusion – 10 points)
  • Personality (displays poise, is not visibly nervous, answers reflect enthusiasm, demonstrates willingness to accept others’ ideas, displays a humble nature – 5 points)

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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