Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Madison County's Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship shall be 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.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship for Madison County is administered by the Madison County Community Foundation in close collaboration with the South Madison Community Foundation. 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, $500 from each Madison County and South Madison Community Foundations.

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.

2018-2019 Timeline



August 1-September 12

Application available ONLINE to eligible students

October 17

Finalist Interviews

December 10

Announcement of 2019 LECS Recipients

Eligibility Requirements

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

    • Who are residents of Madison County or are a student of a Madison County school for 12 months prior to the date of application (STUDENTS MAY ONLY APPLY IN ONE COUNTY), and;
    • Who will graduate from an accredited Indiana high school in 2019 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2019. (a high school is considered accredited for purposes of the program if it is accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education)
    • Who intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana, and;
    • Who have achieved a minimum SAT score of 1300 (use highest math and highest evidence based reading score for your highest composite score) or an ACT composite score of 24 or above, and;
    • Who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or above on a 4.0 scale, and;
    • Who complete the application in full and submit all required attachments by the stated deadline.