Hancock County Community Foundation Congratulates the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Finalists
2021 LECSP recipients will be announced in December, 2020
HCCF has been granted the privilege of administering the 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECSP) in Hancock County. HCCF again has the opportunity to recommend two students graduating from high school to Lilly Endowment for the full four-year tuition scholarship award. HCCF implements and supervises the process for selection.
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.
Applications are by invitation only and go live on July 22, 2020 and closes at 4:00 p.m. on September 23, 2020. To qualify for an invitation to apply, applicants must:
- Be graduating by June 30, 2021 from one of the four Hancock County High Schools
- Live in Hancock County
- Be in top 15% of their cohort (weighted GPA), after removing students who live outside of Hancock County.
Applicants must plan to pursue a baccalaureate course of study, to be completed in four years, at any accredited Indiana public or private college or university. Student applications are submitted online and reviewed blindly (without name or contact information) by third-party professional readers represented by experienced out-of-county reviewers. The third-party committee 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 LECSP.
The eight finalists will be interviewed in November by a volunteer committee identified by HCCF, all of whom adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy. This committee has the difficult task of selecting two students from the talented pool of eight finalists and submitting their recommendation to Lilly Endowment for approval. Pending approval, the awards will be announced in December. The eight finalists will be honored at their respective school corporation’s board meetings in November.