Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship


The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Madison County is administered by the Madison County Community Foundation.

Madison County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is awarded to two students, who will be provided eight semesters of full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In our selection process, applications will be reviewed by a committee of community members. Reviews are completed anonymously without disclosure of student or parent identity. Each Lilly finalist who is not selected as a recipient will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Madison County Community Foundation.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program 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.

2025 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application

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2025 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Timeline
Application open July 15, 2024
 Application closes

August 15, 2024 (at 11:59 pm)

 Finalist Notification  September 1, 2023
 Finalist Interviews September 25, 2024
Recipient Announcement mid-December 2024

2025 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements (subject to change each year)-

Madison County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is open to students:

Who are residents of Madison County AND are a student of a Madison County school (Daleville and Madison-Grant student who reside in Madison County only) for 12 months prior to the date of application. Students may only apply in 1 county.

Who are in the Top 15% (weighted GPA) of their class academically after six (6) semesters (end of Junior year) This will be verified by your school guidance counselor.

Who intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private Indiana college or university.

Who complete the application in full and submit by the stated deadline.

Who will graduate from one of the following high schools in 2025 (and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2025):


Eligible Schools
 Alexandria High School Anderson High School

Anderson Preparatory Academy

Elwood High School
Frankton High School Lapel High School 
Liberty Christian High School Pendleton-Heights High School

Daleville High School

(Madison County residents only)

Madison-Grant High School

(Madison County residents only)

2025 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Process

Applicants will be evaluated on five criteria, each weighted as follows: 

      • Academic Performance 20%
      • Community Service 30%
      • Extra-Curricular Activities 30%
      • Application and Essay 20%
      • Application evaluation is done “blindly” therefore no personal information will be available to the committee to ensure a fair and unbiased evaluation process. Committee members are required to complete a score card online,the MCCF Vice President of Programs will complete a scoring composite of all applicants and reserve the “pre-interview subtotals” to be used in the event of a tie. Application scores also comprise 50% of the overall finalist total. Finalists are determined by the top application scores from each high school.

The number of finalists from each accredited high schools in the county are as follows:

Schools with class size above 300 students will have 2 finalists

Schools with class size 299-101 will have 1 finalist

Schools with class size under 100 will have one total (APA, Liberty Christian, Daleville, Madison-Grant) 

        • Alexandria High School- 1 finalists
        • Anderson High School- 2 finalists
        • Anderson Preparatory Academy- 1 potential finalist
        • Elwood High School- 1 finalists
        • Frankton High School- 1 finalists
        • Lapel High School- 1 finalists
        • Liberty Christian High School- 1 potential finalist
        • Pendleton-Heights High School-2 finalists
        • Daleville High School - 1 potential finalist (MC residents only)
        • Madison-Grant High School - 1 potential finalist (MC residents only)


Interviews will be held on the evening of Wednesday, September 25, 2024.

    Interviews are scheduled to last 20 minutes and include questions from each member. Based on the following criteria:
  • Personal Presentation 40%
  • Presentation Skills 30%
  • Question and Answers 30%
      Immediately following each interview, all Selection Committee members will complete the interview score rubric and score the candidate.
    • Application and Essay Score: 50%
    • Interview Score: 50%

The top two scores will be selected as the recipients.