Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Cassidy Riddle is the 2024 Lilly Endowment Scholar.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed 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 efforts of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each
other and with state leaders to improve quality of life in Indiana.
The Endowment believes that education at all levels is important to the personal,
civic and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. This program
aims to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of the
state’s higher education institutions and, ultimately, pursue careers in Indiana.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered by the
Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the
community foundations serving each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
Key Elements of the Program:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana.
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis.

Who can apply:
High school seniors who are Marshall County residents, with a minimum SAT score of 1200 or ACT of 26, and be in the top five of the class. Applicants must plan to pursue a full time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private university in Indiana.
When to apply:
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application opens August 1 each year and closes in early September. The interview and approval process takes place throughout the fall, with the winner announced in early December. 
To apply, eligible applicants may click here (during the application period that
begins August 1): Lilly Scholars Application
For further information, please contact