Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are:

1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana;

2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and

3) to 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.

Since the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program was first offered in 1998, Lilly Endowment has remained steadfast in its belief that education at all levels is indispensable to the personal, civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. 45 students have been awarded Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships through the Wayne County Foundation. Awardees are recognized, at the Wayne County Foundation’s Annual Community Dinner.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program (LECSP) awards full-tuition scholarships to students from each county in Indiana.

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Begin Accepting Applications:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Deadline: Noon on Friday, August 31, 2018

Notification: Applicants will be notified of status by email the first week of October. Select students will be invited to interview as Finalists the second week of October.

• Applicants must be a Wayne County resident and attend a Wayne County high school

• Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of their junior year of high school

• Applicants must have a high school diploma from an Indiana high school accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education

• Recipients must have graduated by June 30, 2019

• Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis

• Recipients may attend any accredited public or private four-year college or university in Indiana

•Two scholarships will be awarded

•Pays full tuition and required fees for four years

•$900 book stipend each year

•Does not pay room, board, or travel expenses

Academic Performance Factors such as SAT/ACT scores, GPA and Honors/AP/Dual Credit Classes will be used
Statement of Future Plans Evaluators will assess the quality of your essay that includes a description of your background, future plans, and any factors that distinguish you from others (750 word limit)
Extracurricular Activities Evaluators will assess the quality and quantity of extracurricular, leadership, recognitions/awards, and work history
Recommendations Evaluators will assess information provided by three teachers/coaches, or other persons willing to complete a recommendation form
Overcome Adversity Essay A strong essay will clearly explain unusual hardships or obstacles/barriers overcome by the student, and will use proper spelling/grammar/punctuation
Community Service Evaluators will assess student’s community service
Financial Need Students must complete the specific online College Costs Estimator report and release form
Overall Impression Evaluators will assess the overall impression of the student from their application

2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

Taylor BrownTaylor is a senior at Richmond High School. At the end of her junior year she had a 4.30 GPA and plans to graduate with an Academic Honors diploma. Taylor has participated in Track and Field, National Honor Society, volunteered at Cope Environmental Center, and tutors for Honors Chemistry. She has served in several leadership positions, including her favorite extracurricular activity, Health Occupational Students of America (HOSA). Taylor plans to double major in neuroscience and biochemistry at Indiana University Bloomington and continue her studies to become a neurosurgeon. She is the daughter of David and Stacy Brown.

Logan, a senior at Lincoln High School, completed his junior year with a 4.12 GPA and plans to graduate with an Academic Honors with Technical Honors diploma. Logan participates in a variety of varsity sports including football, track and field, and basketball. He is involved in several clubs including Business Professionals of  America, National Honor Society, Student Council, 4-H, Parliamentary Procedures, and Spanish Club. He has volunteered at the Lord’s Table Soup Kitchen and many different community service projects throughout his 10-years in 4-H. Logan plans to attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis majoring in exercise science and continue to become a physical therapist. He is the son of Mark and Andrea Harmeyer.

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