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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Application deadline is Friday, September 15 by 4 pm.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, plus an allocation of $900.00 for required books and equipment for four years of full-time undergraduate study leading to a bachelor’s degree at any non-profit NCACS-accredited public or private college or university in Indiana.
Accordingly, Lilly Endowment Community Scholars who accept other full or partial tuition and fee scholarship awards may expect to have their LECSP Scholarship reduced by the amount of such other scholarships. This program does not include room or board, but some colleges may add to the award package for their Lilly Scholars.

Tipton County residents* enrolled in the 2018 graduating class at Tipton or Tri-Central High School will be eligible to apply. *A student who is not a resident of Tipton County may apply if he or she was enrolled in an accredited Tipton County High School for two consecutive years, including the year of their high school graduation. Students who reside in Tipton County but are graduating from accredited public or private schools outside of Tipton County may inquire from their guidance department about eligibility for the LECSP in the county where their school is located. If you apply to the Tipton County Foundation, you may not apply in any other county.

The LECSP Deadline for the Class of 2018 is 4 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2017.

This application process has been designed to ensure anonymous, objective consideration of each applicant. Accordingly, it is essential that the applicant and his or her family name only be identified on the applicant information section of the online application, which is not revealed to the committee.
The rest of the application must be written in a way that does not intentionally reveal the applicant’s identity. TCF does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion (creed), color, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, pregnancy, marital status, active duty status that incurs military obligations, veteran status, ancestry (ethnicity), or eligibility for Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship.
No parent, sibling, grandparent, or great-grandparent of any applicant may participate in the LECSP process in any way. TCF Board members, employees, committee members, and educators must formally disclose such a relationship and recuse themselves from participating in the process. Applicants should contact the TCF Office for the recusal form immediately if your relative has such a position with the Tipton County Foundation or a school system.

Applicants may believe that they have experiences that warrant special consideration or attention. These may include unusual personal, family, or financial circumstances. However, financial need is not a factor in this scholarship. Other “special circumstances” may be incorporated into the answers if they are relevant to a particular questions. Previous awards of this or any other scholarship to a sibling of an applicant will not exclude him or her from full consideration.
In early October, after review of all the applications, the nominating committee will invite finalists for a personal interview and Power Point presentation. The tentative date for these interviews will be Tuesday, October 24, during the school day, so applicants must be prepared to adjust their schedules in order to take part.
TCF’s LECSP Committee will nominate one applicant to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), administrators of the program for the Lilly Endowment, Inc. After the nomination is accepted, approximately November 30, the recipient and all other applicants will be notified.

Find the application at Online App http://tinyurl.com/TCFApp.


Applicants to all scholarships through the Tipton County Foundation (including the LECSP) must agree to the following:

  • “I certify that the information and essays within this application are true, and that they represent my own work. This application was completed by me, and all content is my own, unless attributed to its original source. Any assistance I received in proofreading or editing was minimal and did not at all alter the substance of my work.”

  • “If I fail to graduate in the Spring of 2017 and enroll and attend classes at an accredited college or university for the Fall semester 2017, I will forfeit the scholarship. Accordingly, I will avoid school disciplinary problems and violations of the law, such as: drinking alcohol, substance abuse, and traffic violations.”


Scores from EITHER the SAT or the ACT will be REQUIRED in order for an applicant to be considered for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Please contact the Tipton County Foundation (675-1943 or scholars@tiptoncf.org) if this presents any hardships. 


Authorize your school to send TCF your academic transcript. Do NOT submit a transcript with your application. Counselors will send all transcripts, at the same time, after all applications have been submitted and they receive the request from TCF. The academic evaluation for this scholarship includes the scores on either the ACT and SAT (Math & Reading Only, Even if you took the Writing portion.)

Myerly Scholarships

Students who reach the interview stage of the LECSP process are awarded the George R. Myerly & Sons Scholarship. George Myerly and his wife Susannah, originally from Maryland, established a farm in eastern Tipton County, and took part in the official organization of the county. Their son Silas, his son George R., and his son Lee all continued farming, as did Lee’s son Howard. In honor of five generations of the Myerly family in Tipton County, the late Howard N. Myerly donated their pioneer farm to the Foundation to establish this scholarship.

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