The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship



This Scholarship was established in 1998 by Lilly Endowment Inc. to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana. The scholarship covers full tuition and $900 per year for books and equipment for four years. To qualify you must meet the following: 

• Be a Whitley County resident for 12 months prior to the date of this application. 
• On the course to graduate in June 2020 with a diploma from an accredited Indiana High School and plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. 
• Have financial need. 
• Demonstrate pride in the community, responsibility, perseverance, self-esteem, and the desire to contribute to Whitley County through work or volunteerism. 

Please carefully review your completed application before submitting it to the Foundation to ensure that all required documents have been included. 

Application Deadline:

The 2019 Deadline is September 13, 2019.  Teacher recommendations should be emailed to by Friday September 6, 2019.

Essay Questions:

At the end of the scholarship application, two of the following essay questions will need to be answered and uploaded via a Word document. These essays need to be 500 to 800 words long.

  • If you were given the ability to change one moment in your life, would you do so? Why or why not? If so, what moment would you change and why?
  • Discuss a time when you had to make the decision to take a risk or play it safe? Why did you make the choice and what did you learn from your decision?
  • Discuss a civic issue of local, national or international importance and why it matters to you.
  • What would you like to do to change the world for the better?




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Please review this form and have your responses ready. It is advised to prepare your answers in advance. You may also copy and paste your answers from Microsoft Word or other text based programs.


If I receive this scholarship, it is my intent to pursue four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at an Indiana college.


I understand that the total amount of my scholarship is calculated on the basis of my chosen college’s tuition and required fees beginning with the 2020-2021 school year.


To assist with the processing of my scholarship payments each semester or quarter and to avoid late fees as required, I will forward to the Community Foundation of Whitley County immediately upon receipt all invoices for tuition and any eligible fees that may be covered by my scholarship.


I understand that the special allocation provided to me is to be used to pay required books and required equipment for my courses of instruction. I will personally keep receipts and other documentation to verify that the special allocation was used only for this intended purpose and will provide those receipts and documents to Independent Colleges of Indiana upon request. I will return to Independent Colleges of Indiana any amount of the special allocation remaining at the end of each school year.


I agree to notify Independent Colleges of Indiana of any scholarship awards I may receive for tuition or required fees from a source other than the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.


I will keep the Community Foundation of Whitley County apprised annually by June 1st of my enrollment and academic status during college by completing and returning any surveys or forms as my be provided.


Upon graduation, I will keep the Community Foundation of Whitley County apprised annually by June 1st of my education and/or employment status for at least ten years after graduation by completing and returning an alumni survey or other forms as may be provided by the community foundation.