Lilly Endowment Scholarship Essay Samples

Application Deadline

September 11, 2017

Conditions for the Award

Students named as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars must:

  • Graduate from an accredited Indiana high school and receive diploma by the end of June 2018.  A high school is considered accredited for purposes of the program if it is accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education.  Although home-schooled students are ineligible to apply for the LECS, students enrolled in accredited online high schools may be eligible.  Contact your Community Foundation for more information.
  • Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study 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.
  • Select the college or university they will attend by May 1, 2018.
  • Hold freshman status upon entering their chosen college or university.
  • Apprise the Community Foundation Alliance annually of their academic status while pursuing their baccalaureate degree and of their postgraduate status (education and employment) for at least ten years after graduation.
  • Account for and return to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) any amount of the allocation for required books and equipment remaining at the end of each school year.
  • Disclose additional scholarship offers.  (When recipients receive additional scholarships, those additional scholarships will be reviewed in order to ensure that each Lilly Scholar receives the full scholarship amount(s) that are due.  The amount awarded under the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program may be adjusted to avoid having a scholar’s total award package exceed the Cost of Attendance.)

Eligibility Requirements

Qualified applicants will:

  • Be a resident of Warrick County, Indiana, graduate from an accredited Warrick County high school or academy by June 2018, and attend full senior year at the same high school or academy.
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale).
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1290 (ERW + M) or a minimum ACT score of 27.
  • Be available to write an impromptu essay on October 9, 2017 and be available for an interview with the scholarship committee on October 12, 2017 if selected as a finalist.
  • Apply for the scholarship in only one county.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated on:

  • GPA (cumulative grade point average – 7 points)
  • SAT/ACT (SAT or ACT test scores – 7 points)
  • Curriculum (difficulty of high school curriculum – 8 points)
  • Extracurricular activities (level of involvement in extracurricular school activities – 15 points)
  • Honors and awards (academic awards, leadership awards, and other recognition from church, school, community, and volunteer activities – 9 points)
  • Work activities (time devoted to work activities – 9 points)
  • Community activities (level of involvement in community activities – 9 points)
  • Personal statement of goals (clarity and conviction of ideas and quality of writing – 6 points)
  • Finalist interview (student demonstrates confidence in answers, answers all questions clearly, indicates knowledge of his/her community, demonstrates honesty and sincerity, and indicates critical thinking – 15 points)
  • Finalist impromptu essay (student answers essay question thoroughly and appropriately and is able to support position with reasoning and specific examples – 15 points)

In the event of a tie, each committee member will confidentially vote on the most worthy candidate, and the selection will be made by majority vote.

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship 2018

The 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 2018.  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:

  • 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 2018 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, step-parent, grandparent, great grandparent, spouse, brother, sister, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law, 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:

  • 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.

 

The Lilly Application Deadline: September 25, 2017

 

Required Application Information:

The application must be completed in one session. You may prepare written responses in a Word Document before applying to cut and paste into the application form.

  • Requirement 1: Not Applicable
  • Requirement 2: Biographical Information
  • Requirement 3: Activities and Interest Resume (view sample resume here) Should be prepared prior to applying.
  • Requirement 4: Financial Factors Should be prepared prior to applying.
    • 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.
  • Requirement 5: Essay Questions (response to each question should be about 250 words) Should be prepared prior to applying.
    • 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.
  • Requirement 6: Student Agreement

 

The scholarship application is available as a Google Form. Click here when you are ready to apply.

Requirements 7, 8, and 9 are listed below and should be completed separately.

 

Required Recommendations: 

  • 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.

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