The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Lilly Endowment Inc. will provide funding through the Marshall County Community Foundation for one new scholarship beginning in the fall of 2020 for Marshall County residents. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the quality of life of the state's residents. 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.


A full, four-year scholarship to an accredited Indiana University or College.
Open to Marshall County residents graduating from an accredited high school who meet the eligibility requirements.

Applications available from your high school guidance office or the Marshall County Community Foundation office or website.

Applications for graduating students are by clicking the following links:
Download and complete all 3 forms;

Lilly Scholars Application 2020-2021
Privacy Release Statement (pdf format)
Privacy Release Statement (word format)
Instructions for Letter of Recommendation

Friday, September 11, 2020

Mail or deliver the completed packet to:

Marshall County Community Foundation, Inc.
2680 Miller Drive, Suite 120
P.O. Box 716
Plymouth, IN 46563

For further information, call (574) 935-5159 or


The program will provide a scholarship for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books for four (4) years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalau¬reate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Room and board are not included in this award.


The applicant must

  • be available for an interview on Tuesday, October 7, 2020.

  • be a resident of Marshall County.

  • be a graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2021 and receive their diploma
    no later than June 30, 2021 (a high school is considered accredited for purposes of the
    program if it is accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional
    accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education).

  • pursue four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate
    degree at an Indiana college.

  • have an SAT 1200 for math and evidence based reading, or a minimum ACT score of 26. SAT-ACT are optional this year due to the COVID-19. Favorable test results support and corroborate the applicant’s transcript.

  • be one of the top ten of the class.

  • have completed Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application

  • provide official high school transcripts. Letter from counselor stating class rank if not listed on transcript

  • provide two letters of recommendation one from school and one from outside of school

  • provide signed statements and agreements.

  • provide current wallet-size photograph (optional)


The Lilly Endowment Community Scholar from Marshall County will be selected by the Marshall County Community Foundation's Lilly Endowment Scholarship Committee through a written application and an interview.


  • SAT-ACT are optional this year due to the COVID-19. Favorable test results support and corroborate the information provided on the transcript.

  • The applicant must be one of the top ten of their graduating class.

  • The applicant must demonstrate participation in school and extracurricular activities.

  • The applicant must demonstrate involvement in the community through community service.

  • The applicant must demonstrate leadership traits of responsibility, integrity, honesty, and accountability.

  • The applicant must express life goals and ambitions through a personal essay.

  • The applicant's transcripts will be reviewed for GPA, class rank and course selection. If the transcript does not include class rank, submit a letter from the High School Counselor stating class ranking.

  • Only applications from students enrolling as first year college students will be accepted.

  • Information found in the public domain (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other Social Networks), although not part of the formal application, may be considered by the scholarship selection committee.