Essay Removed from DCCF Lilly Scholarship Process

(GREENSBURG, INDIANA - August 27) The Decatur County Community Foundation has removed the controlled essay portion of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship process for this school year.


DCCF has administered an in-person proctored essay as part of the Lilly process for many years. However, due to Covid-19 contact tracing within the schools, the Community Foundation Board of Directors, in consultation with the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee, school guidance counselors, other foundations running concurrent Lilly processes, and Lilly Endowment, feel that it is in the best interest of local students and schools to forgo the essay this year.


While our Board understands that the essay is an important step of the process, contract tracing would make it nearly impossible to create an equitable testing environment for all students, which would compromise the integrity of the process.


This year, 55 students applied for the Lilly Scholarship. Each of these students will be scor