Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state. The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment Inc. initiative to:
- help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana;
- increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities;
- 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.
Including the most recent 2020 scholarship recipients, 4,769 full-tuition scholarships have been awarded, and over $405 million in scholarship tuition has been provided since the program’s inception in 1998.
The Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County is tasked to select one student from Jefferson County. Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. then awards the scholarship each year on behalf of the Lilly Endowment.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides a 4-year, full-tuition scholarship to one selected graduating senior in Jefferson County, Indiana. The scholarship must be used to pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. Recipients are also granted a $900 yearly stipend for books and required equipment.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is awarded based on a blind competitive process that is overseen by the Community Foundation of Madison & Jefferson County.
To be eligible for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Jefferson County, applicants MUST:
- Reside in Jefferson County, Indiana
- Attend an accredited high school located within Jefferson County, Indiana (accredited by the State Board of Education or a national or regional accreditation agency recognized by the State Board of Education)
- Be in the top 20% of their graduating class
- Be graduating from an accredited Indiana high school by June 30 of their graduating year
- Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate degree at an accredited Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university
- Have two letters of recommendation – one from a teacher; one from a source outside of the applicant’s school system such as an employer, volunteer coordinator, church leader, 4-H leader, etc.
(This timeline is for the 2020-21 school year process)
- July 1 – Applications available at cfmjc.org on the Scholarship page
- August 28 (noon) – Deadline to submit applications (includes 2 letters of rec.)
- September 25 – Finalists are notified; essays and interviews are scheduled
- October 3 & 10 – Essays completed at the Community Foundation office
- October 19 – Interviews completed at the Community Foundation office
- December – 2021 winner announced
All finalists must agree to appear at the Community Foundation office to complete a timed essay and for an interview with the selection committee. Dates are provided to finalists at the time of their notification of continuing in the process.
These scores are encouraged, but not required. The committee understands that the recent COVID-19 crisis interfered with many plans to take the tests. You may submit the scores in order to provide the committee with more information about your qualifications, but the choice is yours. You may also submit your PSAT score.
All successful applicants must adhere to the announced timeline. Late applicants, or those unable to participate in the essay or interview will not be considered for the award.
Abigail Fulton 2021 Jefferson County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar
Abigail Fulton is the daughter of Josh and Paula Fulton of Hanover. She currently attends Southwestern High School, and is considering attending Butler University or DePauw University to pursue a career in law.
Abby is a three-sport varsity athlete who is ranked #1 in her class and serves as Student Council president. She helped found the Mayor’s Youth Council and represents the United Way among her many philanthropic endeavors.
Upon learning of the award Fulton commented, “I felt gratitude and immense appreciation for the Community Foundation, all of the faculty and staff at Southwestern High School and my loving family for allowing me to have this life-changing opportunity. I am so thankful to have received this award and am excited to use it as my pathway for bettering the lives of fellow Hoosiers through a career in politics and law.”
Including Fulton, six finalists were chosen. Those finalists (and their schools) were: Sebastian Biallas (Madison Consolidated), Autumn Harmon (Southwestern), Johanna Leatherman (Shawe Memorial), Emily Studebaker (Madison Consolidated), and Trey Suggett (Shawe Memorial). Biallas, Harmon, Leatherman, Studebaker, and Suggett will each receive a $1,000 Community Foundation Scholar Award for being named a finalist and to recognize their efforts and achievements.
Past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars
|Year||Lilly Endowment Community Scholar|
|2012||Erin Saige Sentell|
|2010||Candi Cain & Maggie Thomas|
|2009||Hilary Deuser & Jordan Fry|
|2008||Levi Hamner & Haley Owens|
|2007||Brittany Drossert & Shawna Finney|
|2006||Van Green & Kara Ricketts|
|2005||Kevin Brittain & Jordan Wilkerson|
|2004||Christopher Deaton, Brandon Kocher, & Ashly Trantham|
|2003||Ashley Bruther, Brian Consley, & Tiffani Kring|
|2002||J. Chase Crafton, Angela Hamilton, & Brianna Howard|
|2001||Jaman Ferguson, Lance Gassert, & Brooke Johnson|
|2000||Douglas Carpenter & Maureen Davis|
|1999||Sarah Brandenburg & Laura Edwards|
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application is now available. Submission deadline is August 27, 2021 at Noon.