Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Application Deadline

September 7, 2018

Conditions for Award

Recipients must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Indiana high school and receive diploma by the end of June 2019.  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 by May 1, 2019.
  • 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 an Indiana resident who attends high school in Vanderburgh County or lives in Vanderburgh County and graduate by June 2019.
  • Be in the top 10% of graduating class.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1340 or a minimum ACT score of 28.
  • Have completed a minimum of the Indiana Academic Honors curriculum in high school upon graduation.
  • Be available for an interview on Saturday, September 29, 2018, with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • GPA (cumulative grade point average - 7%)
  • SAT/ACT (SAT test score or equivalent ACT score – 7%)
  • Curriculum (difficulty of high school curriculum – 8%)
  • Extracurricular activities (level of involvement in extracurricular school activities - 9%)
  • Honors and awards (academic awards, leadership awards, and other recognition from church, school, community, and volunteer activities - 9%)
  • Work activities (time devoted to work activities – 9%)
  • Community activities (level of involvement in community activities – 9%)
  • Personal statement and goals (clarity and conviction of ideas and quality of writing – 9%)
  • Essay (student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support position with reasoning and specific examples – 9%)
  • Interview (student demonstrates confidence in answers, answers all questions clearly, indicates knowledge of his/her community, demonstrates honesty and sincerity, and indicates critical thinking – 24%)

In the event of a tie and indecision of the top nominees, 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 lowest EFC.

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