Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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.

The 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program (LECSP) awards full-tuition scholarships to students from each county in Indiana.


Begin Accepting Applications:  Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Deadline: Noon on Friday, August 31, 2018


  • 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

Application Criteria:

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



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.


Contact your high school guidance counselor:

Centerville-Abington Community Schools               
Nettlecreek School Corporation                                          
Northeastern Wayne Schools
Richmond Community Schools

Seton Catholic Schools
Western Wayne Schools


Attend FAFSA Days for the 2017-2018 School Year

October 2017 through March 2018, FAFSA Day events will be hosted at educational sites across Wayne County. During these workshops any HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR or PARENT, CURRENT COLLEGE STUDENT, or ADULT CONSIDERING COLLEGE can visit a host site to receive FREE
hands-on assistance in completing the 2018 – 2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or ask questions about college admissions, financial aid, etc.

Click here for Host Sites, Dates, and Times

College Net Price Calculators

Information from The National

Why do I need to know about Net Price Calculators? Have you ever wondered what it might cost to go to a particular college? Have you ever wondered how much scholarship a school might give you, given your financial and academic history? Wait no more! The federal government has required that all colleges accepting first-time, full-time students must post a Net Price Calculator to their website by October 29, 2011. They are doing this to try and increase transparency about how much it will actually cost to attend an institution.

Wait, but what is a Net Price Calculator? With the implementation of the Higher Education and Opportunities Act of 2008, the federal government has required that all colleges have a Net Price Calculator on their website by October 29, 2011. The calculator must, at a minimum, show consumers a historical (historical=data from an entire prior year) median net price after gift aid for that institution. To get to that median net price, the colleges must first determine their COA (cost of attendance). Every college in the country must show students and families the cost of attendance, which is broken up into:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Room and board
  • Books and supplies
  • Transportation and miscellaneous expenses (ex: laptop fee)

Where can I go to learn more?

If you would like to learn more about Net Price Calculators you can visit the National Center for Educational Statistics website at:

You can also check out a new tool licensed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and powered by the National Center for College Costs: The Indiana College Costs Estimator. At this website you can access information that will teach you more about saving for college, applying to college, paying for college and surviving college. And most importantly, you can calculate college costs for almost every Indiana public or private institution. Click here to access this tool:

Attend FASFA Days for the 2016-2017 school year. More details to come.


College for a Day


College for a Day is a program that brings nearly every 8th grader in the county to the campuses of Indiana University East, Ivy Tech Community College-Richmond, Purdue Polytechnic Richmond, and Earlham College.  


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