August 21, 2020 – Allen County, Indiana – The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is now accepting applications online for the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. The scholarship is open to Indiana residents who graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021, and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2021. Details related to the conditions of the award, eligibility and selection criteria are available on the Community Foundation’s website at www.cfgfw.org or contact your high school’s guidance office. For the deadline to apply, contact your guidance office.
The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full-tuition, required-fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to baccalaureate degree 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.
The 2021 Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will be named in mid-December 2020.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is a statewide program administered by local community foundations throughout Indiana. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne administers the program locally in conjunction with the Community Foundation Selection Committee, local high schools, and Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) provides statewide oversite of the program.
The Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, created in 1937 by members of the Lilly Family. In keeping with the wishes of the founding members, the Lilly Endowment exists to support the causes of education, religion and community development. Since the program was first introduced 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 residents and communities.
The scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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 community throughout the state.
For nearly 100 years, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has been a public charitable foundation serving Allen County since 1922. The Community Foundation had assets of approximately $169 million at December 31, 2019 and awarded more than $6 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne does three things: help people make their charitable giving more impactful, connect funding to nonprofits through effective grantmaking, and provide leadership to address community needs to improve quality of life. Every day we connect people and resources to build a more vibrant community.