Apps for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship available
The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available in Harrison County through the Harrison County Community Foundation.
The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program will provide 143 scholarships statewide and one scholarship in Harrison 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 non-profit college or university.
The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana and locally in Harrison County through the Community Foundation, is open to residents who meet the criteria. Visit https://hccfindiana.org/Scholarships for complete information regarding the Harrison County’s application criteria.
Applications must be completed and submitted online by Thursday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. to be considered.
Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-98 school year and has supported the program each 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 to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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, non-profit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Co. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion. The endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.
The Harrison County Community Foundation was founded in 1996 by the Harrison County Board of Commissioners, with an initial donation from Caesars Southern Indiana. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire and assist everyone to experience philanthropy, producing positive and sustainable growth in Harrison County. To date, the HCCF has awarded more than $105 million in grants, scholarships and other support to Harrison County nonprofits and residents.
For more information about HCCF, visit hccfindiana.org.
Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1948, the ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 30 private, non-profit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ more than 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of $5 billion-plus annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30% of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20% of its undergraduates.
To learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, contact Heather Stafford, director of programs at the Harrison County Community Foundation, at 812-738-6668 or by email at [email protected].