Two important changes to the application process for the 2017 Marshall County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship were announced by the Marshall County Community Foundation. In selecting recipients for this scholarship, consideration is given to student activities and achievements, community and civic service, academic performance and leadership potential. “Typically SAT and ACT scores are considered as well,” stated Community Foundation Executive Director Linda Yoder. “Due to timeline changes, applications are due much earlier than before. These scores will be unavailable for some students so will not be part of the consideration this year.”
The second change is an extension of the deadline. Interested high school seniors have until Friday, September 9, 2016, to submit their applications.
Finalists for the scholarship will be identified in October and the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar for Marshall County will be named in December 2016.
In prior years, applications in Marshall County were due in January and scholarship recipients were announced in April of the year they graduated from high school. The accelerated timeline is the result of a “compelling recommendation” from community foundations who participated in a statewide evaluation of the program conducted by Lilly Endowment in 2015. During the evaluation process, a number of Indiana community foundations suggested that identifying Lilly Endowment Community Scholars earlier in the school year would give recipients more time to decide which college or university to attend. The change affects the program for all Indiana community foundations.
High School seniors who are Marshall County residents should contact their guidance office, the Marshall County Community Foundation office at 574- 935-5159 or go online to www.marshallcountycf.org for an application and more detailed eligibility criteria. MCCF offices are located at 2701 N Michigan Street in Plymouth, Indiana.
About the Marshall County Community Foundation
The Marshall County Community Foundation is a public charity with local roots that helps great ideas take flight through endowment philanthropy. Since 1991, donors to the Marshall County Community Foundation have built the community’s endowment currently valued at more than $32 million and have returned $13 million to Marshall County communities in grants and scholarships.