How to Apply for Scholarships

A large number of scholarships are administered by the Foundation. These are awarded with and under the direction of volunteer committees at the Foundation and through each of the local schools and universities.  You may apply for some scholarships online by clicking here.

Please visit your school counselor to review the criteria for each scholarship and to obtain the appropriate application form.  

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

Seton Catholic Schools
Western Wayne Schools

Earlham College
Indiana University East
Ivy Tech Community College

Purdue Polytechnic Richmond


College Net Price Calculators

Information from The National Center for College Costs

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 2015-2016 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.  


Twenty-First Century Scholarship


Information from The National Center for College Costs

This is a special scholarship program for Indiana undergraduate students who are income-eligible in 7th or 8th grade and who enroll in the program by the end of their 8th grade year.  Students must fulfill a pledge of good citizenship to the state and in return are guaranteed up to the cost of four years of undergraduate college tuition and mandatory fees at any participating public college or university in Indiana.  If the student attends a private institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of the public institution.  To be eligible for the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program, students must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana as an applicant and award recipient (determined by residency of parent/legal guardian) and be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be enrolled in 7th or 8th grad at a charter school, freeway school or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Class of 2016, graduate with a diploma (Core 40 recommended), from a high school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education (GED and home school programs are excluded) with a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Starting with the Class of 2017, must graduate with at least a Core 40 diploma from a high school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education (GED and home school programs are excluded) with a cumulative GPA of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Eligibility for enrollment will be based on household income or placement in foster care.
  • Applications can be found online at
  • Starting with the Class of 2017 students must complete the Scholar Success Program.   The program helps students plan, prepare and pay for college.  High school Scholars must complete three activities online each year.
  • Students that enrolled as a Scholar AFTER 6-30-2011 will be means tested financially.  Means testing will be based on the Scholar’s Expected Family contribution (EFC) that will be evaluated annually based on information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Scholars who do not demonstrate financial need will receive a one-time award of up to $2,500 if the student has not previously received the 21st Century Scholarship.
  • A Scholar must enroll as a full-time student at an eligible Indiana higher education institution within one year of high school graduation.
  • Scholarship funds must be used within eight (8) years from the time a student first activates the 21st Century Scholarship.  Note that the total scholarship amount is limited to the equivalent of four years (eight semesters) of full-time college attendance.
  • As a Scholar in college, 21st Century Scholars must complete at least 30 credits each academic year in order to receive their full scholarship award.


Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana's community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state's residents.  

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.

Lilly Endowment Inc. awards full-tuition scholarships to selected students from each county in Indiana.  Each scholarship must be used to pursue a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private Indiana college or university. The Endowments hopes that this program will continue to encourage many of Indiana's most talented students to attend one of Indiana's fine higher education institution and after graduation consider pursuing occupations in Indiana.

These scholarships are awarded through and administered by the network of community foundations throughout the state. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Key Elements

  • Full-tuition,  required fees and book stipend  for four years.   (Does not pay room, board or travel expenses.)
  • Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana  four year college or university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.
  • The program is open to all Wayne County, Indiana residents who will have graduated by the end of June 2016 from an accredited Indiana high school.
  • The scholarship applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale at the time of application               

How to Apply

Apply online at

Deadline is January 8, 2016


Contact Lisa Bates by email or phone 765-962-1638





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