Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 2, 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.
  • 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 Posey County, Indiana.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Posey County or Indiana high school or academy by June 2022, and begin as a full-time college student in the fall of 2022.
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement in completed course work with at least a 3.75 cumulative grade point average (unweighted 4.0 scale).
  • Have either a minimum SAT (ERW + M) score of 1100 or a minimum ACT score of 22 or a minimum PSAT score of 1100.
  • Have completed the college prep curriculum in high school upon graduation.
  • Demonstrate commitment to school activities, community service, and/or employment.
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee on October 23, 2021, if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

First phase (75%)

  • GPA (demonstrate high academic achievement in completed course work with at least a 3.75 cumulative grade point average – 10%)
  • Curriculum (difficulty of high school curriculum; have completed the college prep curriculum in high school upon graduation – 10%)
  • Community service and volunteer activities (consider longevity of service, number and variety of organizations, truly volunteer service, link to career and personal goals, leadership roles – 20%)
  • Essay (student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support position with reasoning and specific examples – 10%)
  • Personal statement and unusual circumstances (student states why he/she is deserving of the scholarship; student facing unusual hardships; possible 1st generation college student – 5%)
  • Work experience (indication that student has consistent work history, works well with others, can do multiple tasks, work experience is challenging – 5%)
  • Honors and awards (consider academic awards, leadership awards, and other recognition from church, school, community, and volunteer activities – 5%)
  • School activities (indication that student is well-rounded and gets along with others, activities related to personal goals, indication that student can handle and prioritize multiple demands, commitment to an area of interest, leadership roles in activities – 5%)
  • Financial need or special hardships (student has financial need based on EFC number; consideration of special hardships, and information from the personal statement/unusual circumstances – 5%)

The second phase (25%) is the finalist interview.  Finalists will be evaluated on poise, honesty, articulation, language skills, eye contact, goals and aspirations, sincerity, and enthusiasm.

In the event of a tie and indecision of the top nominees, members of the committee will confidentially vote on the most worthy candidate.  The candidate with the most votes will receive the nomination.

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