HCCF is privileged to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Each year, HCCF applies for the opportunity to recommend two graduating students to Lilly Endowment, Inc. for the full four-year tuition scholarship award. Should they accept the application, HCCF implements and supervises the process for selection.
Eligible applicants must be ranked in the top 15% of their graduating class after six semesters and plan to pursue a baccalaureate course of study, to be completed in four years, at any accredited Indiana public or private college or university. Students who are eligible to apply will receive an email from their guidance counselor in August 2017 with the direct link to the application. Student applications are submitted online and reviewed blindly (without name or contact information) by third party professional readers represented by experienced out-of-county, community foundation personnel. The third party selects eight finalists, two students from each Hancock County public high school, who best meet the scholarship criteria. Community service is the primary criterion for qualification. Financial need is not a consideration for the Lilly Scholarship.
The eight finalists will be interviewed in October by a volunteer committee identified by HCCF, all of whom adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy. This committee has the very difficult task of selecting two students from the talented pool of eight finalists and submitting their recommendation to Lilly Endowment, Inc. for approval. The eight finalists will be honored at their respective school corporation’s Board Meetings in November 2017. Pending approval, the recipients will be announced in December 2017.