Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are:

1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana;

2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and

3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit, and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. To date, 55 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. Awardees are recognized at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Summer Celebration.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program (LECSP) awards full-tuition scholarships to students from each county in Indiana.

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How to Apply

Online application opens on Thursday, August 1, 2024 and closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 30, 2024.

Click here for the online application.

Am I Eligible to Apply?
  • Applicants must be a Wayne County, Indiana resident and attend a Wayne County, Indiana high school
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of their junior year of high school
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma from an Indiana high school accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education
  • Recipients must have graduated by June 30, 2025
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis
  • Recipients may attend any accredited public or private four-year college or university in Indiana
What are the Benefits of Being a Lilly Scholar?
  • Pays full tuition and required fees for four years
  • $900 book stipend each year
  • Lilly Scholars Network: a network of Lilly Scholars that offers recipients networking and leadership development opportunities.
Application Criteria
Academic Performance Factors such as GPA and Honors/AP/Dual Credit Classes will be used
Statement of Future Plans – Essay Evaluators will assess the quality of your essay that includes a description of your background, future plans, and any factors that distinguish you from others
Extracurricular Activities/Work Experience – Essay Evaluators will assess the quality and quantity of extracurricular, leadership, recognitions/awards, and work history
Recommendations Evaluators will assess information provided by two teachers/coaches, or other persons willing to complete a recommendation form
Character Essay Evaluators will assess the quality of your essay that reflects on a time when your character was tested, how this experience shaped you as a person, and how it has influenced your values and beliefs
Community Service Evaluators will assess student’s community service
Financial Need Students must complete the specific online Federal Student Aid Estimator report and upload it to the application
Overall Impression Evaluators will assess the overall impression of the student from their application