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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship 2017

LE-logoThe Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is designed to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to increase the ability of Indiana's community foundations to offer scholarships to students.  Wabash County will select one Lilly Scholar in 2017.  This number is based on Lilly Endowment guidelines and the population figures for Wabash County.

The program will provide scholarships for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The recipient of the prestigious award will be known as a Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:2014 Lilly Scholars

  • Be a current resident of Wabash County, Indiana, and if required, provide proof of county residency for every semester of the junior and senior years of high school
  • Have graduated in the current academic year with a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school.
  • Be accepted to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2016 as a first-time freshman at an accredited Indiana college or university.
  • Hold a grade point average equivalent to 8.0 or better on a 12.0 point system.

Please note:  A student whose parent, grandparent, child, step-child, grandchild, great grandchild, spouse, brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of someone who, during the last five years, has served as a member of the Scholarship Committee, board, or staff of the Community Foundation of Wabash County is not eligible for a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.  Spouses of anyone listed previously are also ineligible.

Applicants will be evaluated on the scholarship application form and the following criteria:Lilly Scholars 2015 compressed

  • The student exhibits an appreciation and understanding of the value of education and the potential to succeed in college.
  • The student exhibits an achievement in academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, and/or work.
  • The student exhibits good character, maturity, and leadership abilities.
  • The student demonstrates a commitment to improving the quality of life in the community through volunteer and service activities.
  • Other considerations include family financial factors, any unusual circumstances, and status as a potential first-generation college graduate.

Required Information to Prepare before Applying:

1. Financial Factors

  • Please report any unusual family, personal, or financial circumstances you feel should be taken into consideration that have not been addressed in other portions of this application.
  • How do you plan to finance college? Please tell us about any financial aid you have been awarded, including scholarships.

2. Activities and Interest Resume (view sample resume here)

3. Essay Questions (response to each question should be about 250 words)

  • Why do you want to continue your education? What draws you to this area of study?
  • Describe how a meaningful academic experience, a particular book, play, film, piece of music, dance performance, scientific experiment, or work of art has influenced you.
  • How might you use your education to improve the quality of life in Indiana?
  • Give an example of a volunteer activity or community service project that you have been regularly involved in.
  • Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability both in and out of school.
  • Select the achievement that you consider to be your most outstanding and describe why. Evaluation will be based on the caliber of the achievement as well as your reason for selecting this event.

The Lilly Application Deadline: September 26, 2016.

Requirement 7: Using the links below, please send an email to your guidance counselor asking that the form for Requirement 7 be completed on your behalf and forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Under the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, you have the right to review your educational records. The Act further provides that you may waive your right to see letters of recommendation written on your behalf. By requesting a recommendation from your guidance counselor, you agree you will not seek access to the confidential recommendation submitted on your behalf for the sole purpose of your application for the Scholarships from the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

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Requirement 8: Click here to download Requirement 8.  Fill out the top section then email to a teacher or other adult with whom you have a working relationship to complete their section.

Requirement 9: Click here to download Requirement 9.  Fill out the top section then email to a teacher who knows your talents and qualifications.

If you have any questions regarding the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application, please contact Julie Garber by calling 260-982-4824 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.