Fall 2016 Deadline for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars

VINCENNES, IN  (May 6, 2016) – The 2017 Knox County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar will be named early in December 2016. Previous scholarship recipients were identified in March of the year they graduated from high school. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

“The 2017 Scholar will receive our community’s 30th Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship,” said Community Foundation Interim Director, Mary Smith. “We are pleased to provide this scholarship opportunity to Knox County students.”

The advanced timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Scholars earlier in the school year would give more time for them to decide which college or university to attend.

The Knox County Community Foundation is adjusting its timeline for choosing a local scholar. The Foundation’s volunteer Scholarship Committee members will meet in May to review its scholarship criteria and selection process to ensure it is compatible with the new deadline.

The Foundation will make Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship applications for 2017 graduates available in early August 2016. Completed applications will be due to the Community Foundation sometime in September 2016. The dates will be announced publically and to high school guidance offices when school resumes in August.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through Community Foundation will remain unchanged; with those applications available in December, 2016 and due in February, 2017.

About the Knox County Community Foundation

Established in 1996, the Knox County Community Foundation is a charitable resource devoted to the local community.

A partner of the Community Foundation Alliance with oversight by a local 24-member Advisory, the Foundation is made up of a collection of over 130 funds, established by caring people who give back to causes and organizations in the community. Gifts to the Foundation leave a permanent legacy through the power of endowment, where earnings are used to make grants and scholarships that benefit the community forever.

The Knox County Community Foundation helps people make a difference where it matters, invest in the future of the community they love, and create greater good together. The Foundation’s office is located in at 20 N Third Street, Suite 301 in Vincennes. To learn more, call 812.886.0093 or visit www.knoxcountyfoundation.org.