Application now available for 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

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New deadline for 2017 applications: Interested high school seniors must apply by August 31st.

View the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Scholarship Application.

Applications for the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are now available. Interested high school seniors have until August 31st to submit their applications to be considered for the scholarship program.
Finalists for the scholarship will be identified in October and the two 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars for Monroe County will be named in December 2016.

“Our community continues to be blessed with exceptionally talented young people and we’re honored to award Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships to deserving Monroe County students again this year,” said Community Foundation President and CEO Tina Peterson. “To ensure that every eligible student has the opportunity to apply, we want our community to be aware that the timeline for the Lilly Scholar program has changed and applications are due much earlier this year.”

In previous years, applications in Monroe County were due in December and scholarship recipients were announced in April of the year they graduated from high school. The accelerated timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of Indiana community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Endowment Community Scholars earlier in the school year would give recipients more time to decide which college or university to attend. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars are awarded four-year, full tuition scholarships to pursue baccalaureate degrees at colleges or universities in Indiana. The scholarship also includes up to $900 annually for required textbooks and equipment. In selecting recipients for the Monroe County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic performance and leadership potential.

Since 1998, the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program has assisted more than 4,000 Indiana high school graduates with more than $300 million in tuition for pursuing baccalaureate degrees at Indiana colleges and universities.

Deadlines for all other donor-established scholarships administered through The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County will remain unchanged. For more information on the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program or other scholarships administered by CFBMC, visit or contact Marcus Whited, Program Director at 812-333-9016 or [email protected].

About Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County:
Created by individuals, families and businesses who share a passion for Monroe County and a vision for its future, the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has granted $24 million to more than 400 local nonprofit organizations since its incorporation in 1990. With a growing $26 million endowment, the Foundation makes a difference by connecting caring people, important causes and community resources.