Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 2, 2020 (before 11:00 pm)

Conditions for Award

Recipients must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Indiana high school and receive diploma no later than June 30, 2021.  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 30, 2021.
  • 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 Indiana and graduate from a Vanderburgh County high school by the end of June 2021.
  • Have a minimum 3.7 cumulative grade point average (4.0 unweighted scale).
  • Graduate with an Indiana Core 40 Academic or Technical Honors diploma.
  • Be available for an interview with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist and be prepared to write a short essay prior to the interview on a selected topic as an example of writing/critical thinking skills.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • GPA (cumulative grade point average - 5%)
  • Curriculum (difficulty of high school curriculum – 10%)
  • Extracurricular activities (level of involvement in extracurricular school activities - 10%)
  • Honors and awards (academic awards, leadership awards, and other recognition from church, school, community, and volunteer activities - 10%)
  • Work and community activities (time devoted to work activities and level of involvement in community activities – 10%)
  • Personal statement and goals (clarity and conviction of ideas and quality of writing – 10%)
  • Financial need (as reflected by the Expected Family Contribution figure on the student’s FAFSA form – 5%)
  • Essay (student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support position with reasoning and specific examples – 5%)
  • Finalist impromptu essay: clarity and reasoning (extent to which the student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support their position with reasoning and specific examples – 15%)
  • Interview (student demonstrates confidence in answers, answers all questions clearly, indicates knowledge of his/her community, demonstrates honesty and sincerity, and indicates critical thinking – 20%)

In the event of a tie, members of the committee will select the candidate with the highest score for the academic performance criteria.  In the event of indecision, the members of the committee will select the candidate with the greatest financial need based on the student’s FAFSA report.

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