The 2025 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available in Marshall County through the Marshall County Community Foundation.  The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 147 scholarships statewide and one scholarship in Marshall County.  LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year.  The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally in Marshall County through the Marshall County Community Foundation, is open to all Indiana residents who:

  • graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2025 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2025;
    • intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an eligible college or university in Indiana, and
    • meet the criteria specific to their local community foundation. Visit www.marshallcountycf.org for complete information regarding Marshall County’s application criteria.

Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Marshall County and apply for this scholarship by visiting www.marshallcountycf.orgApplications must be completed and submitted by September 13, at 11:59 p.m. to be considered.

Applications will be evaluated on, but not limited to, the following criteria: Academic Performance, Community Service, Outside School Volunteer, School Service Activities, Work Experience and Leadership, School Activities including Leadership, Honors, Civic, Academic, and Athletic Awards, an Application Essay and an On-site Essay and Interview for finalists. One finalist will be nominated by the Marshall County Community Foundation, and their name will be submitted to ICI for final selection of the recipients.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.

Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-98 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $490 million. More than 5,300 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception.

The primary purposes of LECSP 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.

The Marshall County Community Foundation is again pleased to offer LECSP for its 28th cohort year in Marshall County. “Marshall County is full of bright and talented students eager to continue their education at an Indiana college or university. We are excited to again offer one of these gifted students the opportunity to earn free tuition for their hard work through the LECSP,” said Linda Yoder, Executive Director.

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 assets currently valued at more than $41 million, and have returned over $26.5 million to Marshall County communities in grants and scholarships, $4.4 million from Community Funds. For more information about the MCCF, call 574.935.9159, or visit www.marshallcountycf.org.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff, and location. In keeping with the founder’s wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation, and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 29 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.