Lilly Endowment Scholarship Essay Prompts

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.

Application Access Code


The Community Foundation of Boone County partners with Lilly Endowment Inc. in selecting two Boone County residents graduating from high school for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program. Both scholarships are merit based.

The scholarship provides FULL TUITION, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for 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 college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This scholarship does not include room and board.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a Boone County resident graduating from a regionally accredited high school by the end of June 2018.
  • Be in the upper 20% of his/her high school graduating class after 6 semesters.
  • Be planning to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2018 at an accredited private or public college or university in Indiana.

The following factors will be considered:

  • Academic performance
  • School activities & Involvement
  • Non-School Activities:
    Community Involvement
    Volunteer & Work Experience
  • Essay
  • Two non-school references
  • Possible interview


  • Up to 9 finalists will be interviewed.

There are no restrictions based on race, religion, sex or national origin.  Submitted information is confidential.

Applications are due by 2:00 PM on September 7th, 2017!  




First, read the Application FAQ’s.

If you still have questions, contact Gabi Youran:

317-873-0210   |  765-482-0024  |  ext. 120


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