Lilly Endowment scholarship cycle begins

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PERRY COUNTY – The Perry County Community Foundation has announced the opening of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program cycle, said Foundation Director Renate Warner.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program was created by Lilly Endowment to help raise Indiana’s level of educational attainment and to increase the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life for Indiana residents.

The scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and a special allocation for required books and equipment for all four years of undergraduate study at a four-year Indiana university.

Lilly Endowment has determined general conditions for the scholarship but allows each county’s community foundation to define eligibility criteria. In Perry County, students must have a minimum SAT score of 1700, out of a possible 2400, or a minimum ACT score of 25, out of a possible 36 and qualify for the Core 40 or honors diploma upon high-school graduation.

After the scholarship application deadline, each application is scored based on a predetermined scale. Points are awarded for academic performance, involvement in community and school activities and a written essay which is scored using the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress rubric.

A scholarship-selection committee is appointed from the board of trustees and care is taken to ensure none of the selection committee has any conflicts of interest with any scholarship applicants.

The top-scoring applicants are invited to be interviewed by the committee.

During the interview, students are asked the same predetermined questions. The committee then scores the applicant based on overall presentation of self, comfort and poise while meeting with the committee, evaluation of desire and ability to succeed, applicant’s character, leadership skills, self-confidence, social skills, thoughtfulness, maturity level and clear articulation of answers.

Final scores are determined by their application and their interview. In the event of a tie, each committee member will submit one vote for the applicant he or she believes is the strongest candidate.

The top two applicants’ names are submitted to Independent Colleges of Indiana, who oversee the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program. They review the materials to make sure proper care was taken in the selection process.

After receiving approval from ICI, the foundation publically announces the recipient of the scholarship. In the event the winner can’t accept the scholarship, it then goes to the alternate.

Students may now apply for the scholarship by going to the foundation’s home page at www.perrycommunityfoundation.org/home and clicking on the “Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program” link and  the “Apply for the Scholarship” link that will appear. Appliants should read the directions for applying online and note that students must enter “per” in the “Access Code” field to access to the scholarship application, Warner said.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 17. For more information regarding the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or the foundation, contact Warner at 547-3176 or send e-mails to renate@perrycommunityfoundation.org.