Spencer County Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available in Spencer County through the Spencer County Community Foundation. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 143 scholarships statewide and one scholarship in Spencer County.  LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally in Spencer County through the Spencer County Community Foundation, is open to all Indiana residents who:

  • graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2022 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2022;
    • intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an eligible college or university in Indiana; and
    • meet the criteria specific to their local community foundation.

Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Spencer County and apply for this scholarship by visiting https://www.communityfoundationalliance.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-community-scholarship-spencer/.  Applications must be completed and submitted by Wednesday, September 8, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. to be considered.

Applications will be evaluated on, but not limited to, the following criteria: academic performance, community and school involvement, and an essay.  One recipient and two alternateswill be nominated by the Spencer County Community Foundation, and their names will be submitted to ICI for final selection of the recipients. Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.

Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-1998 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $424 million. Nearly 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception.

The primary purposes of LECSP 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.

The Spencer County Community Foundation is again pleased to offer LECSP for its 25th year in Spencer County.  “We are so grateful for the opportunity to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Spencer County.  This scholarship opportunity is truly life changing for students,” says Emily Alvey, Regional Director of Community Engagement and Impact for the Spencer County Community Foundation.