Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Funds

$4 million awarded to Howard County residents

Since 1998, the Community Foundation of Howard County has participated in the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. With the 2019 awards, the total number of Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships awarded to Howard County residents is 45 with an approximate value of $4 million. View our past recipients

Are you curious about how funding sources are applied towards college costs? This guide shows a breakdown of general college funding sources and how they can help you afford a degree: College Funding Guide

2019 Lilly Scholarship Deadline: Deadline has passed.

Purpose: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.

Lilly Endowment's Motivation: Indiana ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of its residents 25 years old who hold a baccalaureate degree. Lilly Endowment is confident that the leaders of Indiana communities can rally their fellow residents around efforts to increase the level of educational attainment in our state.

Scholarships:The program will provide scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree 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.

Eligibility: The program is open to all Indiana residents who have graduated by the end of June 2019, with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school and who have been accepted to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2019 at an accredited public or nonprofit private college or university in Indiana.
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Requirements: To pursue four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at an Indiana college. Keep the Community Foundation apprised of their academic status during college and post-graduation status (education and/or employment) for at least ten years after graduation.
View Recipient Guidelines & Timeline View PDF

Study Abroad Eligibility View PDF

2018-19 Book Stipend Instructions/Report Form View PDF

Statewide: This year statewide 142 Indiana residents will receive the awards.

Criteria: Each foundation sets the selection criteria and procedures that they use. Criteria for Howard County were:

  • academic achievement
  • activities in and out of school
  • potential for success
  • financial need -- Completed financial profile
  • 1st generation college student (preference given)
  • interview
  • NOTE:  In the application’s scholastic profile request to guidance counselors, the transcript required is the second semester of the student’s junior year.

    Link to 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and other Community Foundation scholarships

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