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Lilly Applications Open August 1

The 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available August 1 in Decatur County through the Decatur County Community Foundation.


The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 147 scholarships statewide, including one in Decatur County. LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.


The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally in Decatur County through the Community Foundation, is open locally to Decatur County residents who:

• will graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2024 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2024;

• intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an eligible college or university in Indiana; and

• have a current unweighted grade point average of 3.4 or higher


Decatur County students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and apply by visiting dccfound.org. Applications must be completed and submitted by noon on August 22, 2023 to be considered. Students will then complete a controlled essay at their local high school on August 23. Students who attend high school outside of Decatur County must contact DCCF to arrange to attend one of the local schools prior to this date.


Applicants will be evaluated on, but not limited to, application and essay scores. Five finalists will be nominated by the Community Foundation, and submitted to ICI for final selection in December. The four students not receiving the Lilly will be named Decatur County Community Foundation scholars and will receive $5,000 towards tuition at the Indiana school of their choice.

Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-98 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $486 million. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception.


For more information on the Lilly Scholarship or the Decatur County Community Foundation, visit dccfound.org, or contact the Foundation at 812-662-6364.



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