Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 12, 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.
  • 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.
  • Be a graduate of Pike Central High School by the end of June 2022.  Exception:  Students planning to graduate from the Indiana Academy are eligible to apply provided they attended Pike Central High School before transferring to the Academy.
  • Be in the top 10% of class as of the end of junior year.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community activities outside of school.
  • Be available for an interview on Sunday, September 26, 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:

  • Class rank (consideration of applicant’s class rank as of the end of junior year – 15%)
  • Grade transcripts (difficulty of curriculum – 5%)
  • Financial need (consideration of special hardships, if outside help is needed to attend school, number of siblings attending college, any special circumstances or financial burdens – 15%)
  • School activities (leadership roles, indicators that student can prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks – 10%)
  • Honors and awards (consideration of academic and other awards, special talents, and achievements – 10%)
  • Work history (work experience, time management, and working with others – 5%)
  • Statement of goals (clear plan for the future that is realistic and displays motivation – 10%)
  • Letters of recommendation (consideration of qualities, attributes, abilities, etc., as described in letters of recommendation – 5%)
  • Community/volunteer activities (leadership roles, concern for others and the community – 10%)
  • Finalist interview (consideration of how candidate handles him/herself during the interview, appropriateness of answers to questions, demeanor, and overall conduct – 10%)

In the event of a tie, the outcome of the interview process will determine the nominee.

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