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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
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The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana's community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state's residents.  

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.

Lilly Endowment Inc. awards full-tuition scholarships to students from each county in Indiana. These scholarships are awarded through and administered by the network of community foundations throughout the state. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Key Elements

  • Pays full tuition and required fees for four years
  • $900 book stipend each year
  • Does not pay room, board or travel expenses
  • Applicants must have a high school diploma from an accredited Indiana high school
  • Applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana
  • Selection criteria, selection procedures and application due dates vary by county
  • Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana  four year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program
  • Recipients must attend college on a full-time basis
  • 143 scholarships will be awarded in 2014
  • The number of scholars per county is based on the population of the county

General Guidelines

  • Applications due in the fall, typically November or December
  • Nomination criteria may, but are not required to include academic performance, demonstrated leadership skills, community service, character, and/or financial need
  • Nominations are sent to ICI by the end of February
  • Final selections determined by the end of March

How to Apply

For specific details concerning criteria and application procedures, contact the local community foundation in your home county.

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