Lilly Endowment Scholarship application is now available

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The Community Foundation of Switzerland County, Inc. is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship.

One Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will be awarded in Switzerland County in 2014.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship will provide full tuition for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree, all required fees, and up to $900 a year for required books and equipment. The scholarship is good at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

If you meet the following requirements, you may apply for this scholarship:

Application Requirements:

– Minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

– Must be a graduate from Switzerland County High School or resident of Switzerland County.

– Must be receiving/have received an Academic Honors Diploma.

– SAT scores are taken into consideration.

– Financial Need: must be willing to submit a College Costs Estimator and sign approval for a report to be sent to the Community Foundation.

– Activities (community service, school activities and work experience) are taken into consideration.

– Essay required.

– Must participate in a monitored, 45-minute writing session.

– Will attend an Indiana college or university.

– Will be entering college for the first time in the fall of 2014.

– Must plan on pursuing a full-time baccalaureate course of study (4-year program).

– Are of good character and are willing to be held to a higher expectation level in all facets of life.

– Are willing to sign a Code of Conduct Agreement.

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If you would like to apply, go to the Community Foundation of Switzerland County’s website: www.cfsci.org; and a link will be provided so that the applicant can complete an online application.

The application deadline is Thursday, January 9th, 2014 and applications must be completed and submitted by 4 p.m. that day.

The Community Foundation administers the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program locally. The application process for 2014 will remain the same as it has been in past years.

The Foundation’s selection committee will continue to evaluate applicants on academics, financial need, activities (school activities, community service, and work experience), and writing samples. All four of the evaluation criteria will be worth 25-percent each.

The selection committee will also continue to use a blind process to evaluate the applications, meaning committee members will not know whose applications they are evaluating.

Each year, the Community Foundation’s selection committee submits its recommendation for a recipient to Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), who makes the final decision on all Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipients. Lilly Endowment, Inc. contracts with them to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

If you have any questions about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or the Community Foundation in general, please call Melissa Andrew at 427-9160 or mandrew@cfsci.org.