Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Congratulations to all of our 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars! We are so proud of you Cooper, Hay Dah, Janie, Sammy, and Storm!

In the spring of 1997, the Lilly Endowment Inc. announced a partnership with 90 community foundations around the state to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of community foundations’ potential to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents. The partnership is known as the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. It is hoped that this program will encourage many of the state’s most talented students to attend one of Indiana’s fine higher education institutions and after graduation consider pursuing occupations in Indiana. The number of scholarships to be awarded by a community foundation is based on the population of each county served by the foundation. In 2021, Allen County will receive five scholarships.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible, a nominee must:

  • Be a resident of Allen County, Indiana.
  • Must be recommended through their high school.
  • Graduate during the 2021-22 school year with a diploma from an accredited high school in Allen County.
  • Successfully complete the Indiana Core 40 degree program or higher.
  • Have applied to an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study by the start of the fall 2022 semester.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Submit a copy of 2020 Income Tax Return or W2 forms (for the applicant and applicant’s parents/guardian).

Each high school will have their own scholarship deadline when classes return in August.  Students must check with their high school guidance counselor for that deadline. Applications can be found by contacting your high school guidance counselor. 

High Schools must have applications turned into the Community Foundation by September 14, 2021 at 4:00 P.M.

High School Requirements

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne requires high schools to use the following additional guidelines in nominating students:

  • The student has overcome obstacles that created barriers to academic achievement and has since demonstrated marked improvement.
  • The student’s family has demonstrated financial need shown through completion of the FAFSA or their most current tax return, eligibility for subsidized school lunches, or other extenuating circumstances, such as multiple children in secondary and post secondary school or a single-parent family.
  • The student intends to complete a baccalaureate degree within four years at an Indiana college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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