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Application opens for the Lilly Endowment Scholarship in Lake County

The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available in Lake County, Indiana, through Legacy Foundation.  The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide six scholarships in Lake County and 143 scholarships statewide.  LECSP scholarships cover full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years. Recipients must pursue 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 Lake County through Legacy Foundation, is open to all Lake County, Indiana residents who: graduate from an accredited Indiana high school in Lake County 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.  Visit legacyfdn.org/scholarships/lilly-endowment-scholarship for complete information regarding Lake County’s application criteria.

 Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Lake County and apply for this scholarship by visiting legacyfdn.org/scholarships/apply-for-scholarships. Applications must be completed and submitted by September 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm central to be considered.

“Every year we are so proud to be the Lake County partner for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program, which has provided life-changing opportunities for students in our region” said Jodi Kateiva, Legacy Foundation scholarship administrator.

Applications will be evaluated on, but not limited to, the following criteria: demonstrated leadership skills, service to others, an essay and interview. Six finalists will be nominated by Legacy 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.

 Legacy Foundation is the community foundation for Lake County, Indiana. Our goal is to offer a personalized approach to giving that enables individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to create a charitable legacy. With over 300 funds and $80 million in assets, we have become the trusted source for philanthropic giving in the region.

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 Company. 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.

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, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates. 

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