Apply for the Scholarship
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2012-13 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. We're leaving 2012-13 information online for anyone who might be researching requirements in anticipation of applying in the future, but it should be noted that all information in this page is subject to change for the 2013-14 application year.
Conditions for Award | recipients must:
- Graduate from high school by the end of June 2013.
- Be accepted to a full-time baccalaureate degree program at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
- Select the college or university they will attend and notify the Vanderburgh Community Foundation (a member of the Community Foundation Alliance) of selection no later than May 1, 2013.
- Hold freshman status upon entering their chosen college or university.
- Apprise the Community Foundation Alliance annually of their academic status while pursuing their baccalaureate degree and of their postgraduate status (education and employment) for at least ten years after graduation.
- Account for and return to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) any amount of the allocation for required books and equipment remaining at the end of each school year.
Eligibility Requirements | qualified applicants will:
- Be an Indiana resident who attends high school in Vanderburgh County or lives in Vanderburgh County.
- Be a graduate of an accredited Vanderburgh County high school or the Indiana Academy by June 2013.
- If your school ranks its students, be in the top 10% of graduating class.
- Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) upon high school graduation.
- Have either a minimum SAT score of 1800 or a minimum ACT score of 27.
- Have completed the Indiana Academic Honors curriculum in high school upon graduation.
- Be available for an interview on Saturday, February 23, 2013, with the scholarship committee if selected as a finalist and be prepared to write a short essay on a selected topic at the time of the interview. Interviews may be rescheduled only for finalists with extreme family emergencies or situations of a critical nature and at the discretion of the Community Foundation on a case-by-case basis.
- Apply for the scholarship in only one county.
Selection Criteria | applicants will be evaluated on:
- Academic performance (GPA throughout the four years of high school, SAT/ACT scores, difficulty of curriculum – 30%).
- School activities, work history, and community activities (leadership roles, indicators that applicant can prioritize and accomplish multiple tasks, work experience, time management, working with others, concern for others and the community – 25%).
- Obstacles overcome and financial need (applicant has faced and overcome hardships in his or her personal life and/or education and shown resilience, applicant has financial need, outside help is needed for applicant to attend college or the best college for his or her discipline, applicant is a first-generation college student, applicant has other siblings attending college, applicant has any other special circumstances – 15%).
- Character (recommendations of teachers and others acquainted with the student as demonstrated in letters of reference, applicant's concern for others as demonstrated by activities, and applicant's ability to display honesty and good judgment – 15%).
- Writing, personal statement, and interview (applicant clearly states his/her goals and has a plan for attaining those goals, personal motivation to succeed, ability to articulate, poise, language skills, eye contact, sincerity, enthusiasm, and general views on his/her role in the world – 15%).
Note: In the event of a tie between two candidates, the committee will break the tie by selecting the student with the highest score for the "Academic Performance" criterion. If this score is a tie, the committee will break the tie by selecting the student with the highest SAT/ACT score.
Application Instructions | how to apply online:
- Click on the Apply for the Scholarship link at the bottom of this page to go to our scholarship program login page. Please note that you will be redirected to an online application process we share with the Community Foundation Alliance.
- Choose Create New Account and complete your registration (or enter your login/password information if you already have an account with us).
- Click Apply and enter "van" in the Access Code field (note that this portal page will provide access to all of the scholarships available through the Vanderburgh Community Foundation).
- Click on Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application and begin completing your application.
- Click Save as Draft to keep your application available for editing, or click Submit Form when you are satisfied that you have met all requirements for submission (you will no longer have access to your application after clicking Submit Form). Use the Apply for the Scholarship link at the bottom of this page to return to your draft application.
Important Notes | more to know:
- Transcripts — Applicants are required to submit a request to their guidance counselor to have an official grade transcript emailed to email@example.com at the Vanderburgh Community Foundation. No other transcripts will be accepted. As soon as possible after you have made the decision to apply, be sure to let your counselor know. The transcript must be received by the Foundation on/before the application deadline.
- Fax to File — Use the Fax to File feature (available after you create an account) to convert paper documents to PDF documents that can then be uploaded as attachments to your application if required.
- Email — Be sure the email address you enter in your application is one that you check daily and watch for follow-up questions or instructions from firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask for Help — Our online application is new and may not work exactly as expected. Please don't hesitate to contact Carol Pace at 422.1245 or email@example.com if you have problems.
Deadline | getting your application packet in on time:
Applications and official grade transcripts (which will be accepted only via email from your guidance counselor as outlined above) are due no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013.
Getting Started | create a new application or return to a draft application:
Click on apply for the scholarship to start a new application or to return to one you've saved as a draft.
Assistance | if you need help:
Don't hesitate to contact Carol Pace at 422.1245 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need help after reading the contents of this page.