Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Indiana ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in the percentage of its residents 25 years old who hold a baccalaureate degree. This ranking portends an unattractive future for Indiana's economy and quality of life in this increasingly technological and complex world. Lilly Endowment is confident that leaders of Indiana's communities - large and small, rural and urban - can rally their fellow residents around efforts to increase the level of educational attainment in our state.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and increase awareness of the potential of Indiana's community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state's residents.

Begun in 1998, the program offers four-year, full-tuition scholarships to Indiana students who intend to work toward a baccalaureate degree at any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana. The scholarship also provides $900 per year for required books and equipment.

The program is administered by Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the community foundations in each of Indiana's 92 counties. Persons interested in information about the program should first contact their local community foundation. High school guidance counselors generally can also provide information.

Questions about the overall program should be directed to Mary Dickerson at Independent Colleges of Indiana, 317/236-6090.

Contact at Lilly Endowment is Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education, 317/916-7309.

Independent Colleges of Indiana: www.icindiana.org