Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 8, 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.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Spencer County high school by the end of June 2022.
  • Have a minimum 3.75 unweighted cumulative grade point average at the time of application deadline.
  • Have taken either the SAT or ACT (scores must appear on student’s high school grade transcript or must be submitted separately).
  • 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:

First phase

  • Academic performance (GPA and SAT or ACT scores – 40%)
  • Essay (using the ISTEP writing rubric, evaluate essay for writing development and language in use – 25%)
  • Community and school involvement (involvement in school and community activities, leadership roles within the community or school organizations, work experience – 20%)
  • Special circumstances (family situation dictates more than normal involvement in family care-taking (either parents, grandparents or siblings), disability, family situation dictates that student has more than normal responsibilities for family financial support, has received special recognition from the community or school demonstrating outstanding school/community/sports/church involvement, etc. – 15%)

Second phase

  • Impromptu essay (using the ISTEP writing rubric to evaluate essay for writing development and language in use; consideration of applicant’s ability to “think on one’s feet” while still producing a readable and coherent essay – 40%)
  • Interview (scoring based on student’s answers to eight standardized questions; consideration of desire and ability to succeed, self-confidence, social skills, thoughtfulness, maturity level, and clear articulation of answers – 40%)
  • Overall impression (perceived desire and ability to succeed, self-confidence, social skills, thoughtfulness, and maturity – 20%)

The top score from phase 2 will be recommended to receive the scholarship.

In the event of a tie, the committee will refer back to scores from the application review process.

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