Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 3, 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.
  • 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 be a graduate of an accredited Perry County high school by the end of June 2022 and attend full senior year at the same high school.
  • Have a minimum 3.7 unweighted cumulative grade point average.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1150 (ERW + M scores) or a minimum ACT score of 24 out of 36. Super-scoring will be used.
  • Have qualified for the Core 40 or Honors diploma in high school upon graduation.
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

Level 1:  Application

  • Academic performance (including unweighted GPA and SAT/ACT scores – 30%)
  • School and community activities and leadership role in activities (including information obtained from the applicant’s reference – 25%)
    Note: Applicants must have a reference (someone unrelated to the applicant) complete the Recommendation Form found in the application.  The student must log into their online account and monitor their dashboard to make sure the reference has completed the digital form by the deadline.  More information is available in the application. 
  • Essays (two essays will be evaluated using ISTEP writing rubric, evaluating essay for writing development and language use – 25%)
  • Steps applicant has taken to prepare for and select his/her chosen career or educational path – 5%
  • Special circumstances – 15%

Level 2:  Finalist Interview

  • Each applicant will be asked the same predetermined questions during the interview. Each answer will be scored. – 80%
  • Overall presentation of self, comfort and poise while meeting with the group, evaluation of desire and ability to succeed, applicant’s character, leadership skills, self-confidence, social skills, thoughtfulness, maturity level and clear articulation of answers. – 20%

Level 1 and Level 2 scores will be added. The top scoring candidate will be recommended as the scholarship recipient.

In the event of a tie, each committee member will submit one vote for the applicant he/she believes is the strongest candidate.  Selection will be made by majority vote.  However, in the event the committee is still tied, selection will be made by the highest application phase score.

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