Here at the Community Foundation, we’re passionate about education. That’s why we offer over 130 scholarship opportunities to Grant County students. Thanks to generous donors, we have scholarships available to students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim. All U.S. citizens pursuing higher education at an accredited university, college, or trade school, part-time or full-time, are eligible to apply for scholarships.
Remember, funding is limited…Community Foundation scholarships are highly competitive. Awards are subject to IRS regulations, Community Foundation policy, and the criteria established by donors. Also, Community Foundation scholarships are to be used only for qualified educational expenses (as defined by the IRS- meaning tuition, fees, and books). Funds cannot be applied toward any other expenses (including room and board) that students may incur during their college career.
The Community Foundation offers numerous scholarship opportunities for adult students, current high school graduates, full-time, part-time, traditional and non-traditional students. Community Foundation Scholarships can only be used for tuition and academic fees (scholarships are not available for room and board).
|Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship|
Four Year, Full Tuition
Available to Graduating High School Seniors
2 Recipients Selected
Open Application Dates:
August 1st – September 15th
|Community Foundation Scholarships|
130+ Different Scholarships
Available to anyone attending college next year
1 Universal Application Process for All Scholarships
Grant County students of every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim are eligible to apply
Open Application Dates:
November 1st – January 31st
Application Currently Closed
|2019-20 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION TIMELINES|
|August 1, 2020||Lilly Application Opens|
|September 13, 2020||Lilly Application Closes|
|October 5, 2020||Lilly Interviews|
|November 1, 2020||Community Foundation Application Opens|
|December 7, 2020||Lilly Recipients Announced|
|January 31, 2021||Community Foundation Application Closes|
|January 31, 2021||Community Foundation Reviews Open|
|March 20, 2021||Community Foundation Reviews Close|
|April 1, 2021||Community Foundation Offers are Made to Scholarship Applicants|
|April 15, 2021||Scholarship Verifications Due|
|July 1, 2021||Award letters sent to Scholarship Applicants|
|Third Week Of July||Lilly Checks Sent to Universities|
|First Week of August||Community Foundation Checks Sent To Universities|
Paying for college is no picnic! But, thanks to our generous donors, it’s easier. They make it possible for students at every age, income level, academic ability, and athletic aim to receive Community Foundation scholarships. They understand that the gift of education is priceless. Because of their generous donations, we can say, “yes” to Grant County’s most deserving students. All U.S. citizens pursuing higher education at an accredited university, college, or trade school, part-time or full-time, who are from Grant County are eligible to apply for scholarships. Of course, funding is limited and highly competitive, not every applicant will receive a scholarship. To improve your chances, however, check out this recipe for baking up a perfect application! Check out the step-by-step process below of how a scholarship becomes a reality.
A scholarship is defined as a grant for qualified education expenses; tuition, fees, and books only.
The Pension Protection Act (PPA) requires us to:
(a) Approve the scholarship application questions
(b) Oversee the selection process
(c) Appoint a majority of scholarship reviewers to any family scholarship fund committees
Each donor establishes their own scholarship criteria at the time the fund is opened. It is the job of the Community Foundation to ensure that the pre-established criteria is met by each applicant.
Reviewers are asked to score applications based on the scholarship criteria. Each reviewer signs a recusal form verifying they are not related to applicants and they will score in a fair and unbiased manner.
A group of community volunteers review each scholarship application in a “blind” review process. Reviewers are asked to score applications based on the scholarship criteria. Each reviewer signs a recusal form verifying they are not related to applicants and they will score in a fair and unbiased manner.
The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors examines and approves the reviewers’ top-ranked candidates based on how much funding the student needs in order to afford average tuition, fees, and books at the state college rate.
Once an application is reviewed by volunteers, the top-ranked candidates receive scholarship offers. Students must verify their qualifications before an award is approved.
By signing the Verification Agreement, the student is allowing the Community Foundation to verify their college enrollment and major for the offer to become an official award.
When the student is verified, the offer then becomes an award. If the student isn’t verified, an offer will be made to the runner-up. Awards are mailed directly to the college bursar’s office no later than the first week of August. Funds are used immediately for ‘qualified education expenses’ as defined by the IRS.
Scholarships are not automatically renewable. But, there are some in which the donor wishes to support a student over multiple years. However, students must apply each year and continue to meet the original criteria of the scholarship in order to be considered for an additional year. Bottom line: Complete the Community Foundation application each year you plan to attend college.
Our goal is to help as many students as possible go to college with our scholarship awards. Each year we calculate the average cost of public school tuition/fees/books as a benchmark for award maximums (around $11,000). Additionally, students who have a 100% tuition waiver for college can still apply with us to potentially receive a maximum $1,000 scholarship to cover textbook expenses. Hundreds of students apply for scholarships with the Community Foundation of Grant County each year. We try to help as many deserving students as possible with funding for tuition/fees/books; however, room and board costs cannot be covered with our scholarship funding.
In order to make a scholarship as beneficial as possible, the minimum scholarship amount the Community Foundation provides is set at $500. This could mean smaller scholarships are paired together to equal or exceed that minimum. With average textbook costs at approximately $1,000 annually, this minimum helps to fund a semester of books.
~$500,000 Scholarship dollars available annually
$28,000 Average loan debt for college grads*
$7,833 Average tuition/fees at a state university
$2,000 Average awarded scholarship amount
131 Total number of scholarship funds held at the Community Foundation
*U.S. News and World Report
A good essay can make or break an application. We have found in the past that students who receive scholarships have written exceptional essays; giving reviews a glimpse of their character. Great essays include complete sentences, good punctuation, proper spelling, and an easy flow from one paragraph to the next.
When you think about it, there are many students with excellent grades, athletic accomplishments, and community service hours—essays are the only way a scholarship reviewer can get to know the real you! Reviewers expect to read well-prepared essays and students who invest time in their writing score higher every single time. So, applicants, take your time, edit, revise, and re-read for clarity. And, it’s never a bad idea to have someone else proofread your essay before you submit your application. Ask a teacher, parent, counselor, or friend to double-check your final essay to make it scholarship-worthy! Our scholarship reviewers can tell if you’ve dedicated proper time to your essays; that can mean the difference between winning big or not winning at all.
When applying for Community Foundation Scholarships, it is helpful to have the following information on hand: class rank and class size (if you are a current high school senior), GPA, diploma type, transcripts, and you may be required to submit a recommendation letter(s).
Also, to complete the Indiana College Cost Estimator (a requirement when applying for Community Foundation scholarships), students will need:
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Requirements
• Attend an accredited Grant County High School
• On course to graduate by June 30, 2019 with a diploma from an accredited Grant County high school and plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana
• Have a minimum 3.5 grade point average (unweighted).
• Have a minimum SAT of 1280 (Combined Reading and Math) OR ACT of 27.
Yes, you must complete all steps to submit your application. Our system will not let you click submit until all required fields are completed.
No, the application must be completed online and must be turned in via AwardSpring (our application platform).
No, anyone attending college next year is welcome to apply.
Click the button below for a list of all available scholarships at the Community Foundation.