Fulton County


Fulton County Community Foundation's Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship
Deadline January 6, 2016

The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program (LECS) is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and also to leverage the ability of Indiana’s Community Foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents. With this purpose in mind, the Fulton County Community Foundation Scholarship committee seeks candidates who exhibit the ability to succeed at the post-secondary level, who show potential in their chosen field of study, and who exhibit potential as a future leader.

The program will provide one scholarship for full tuition, required fees and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • student must be a Fulton County high school senior, graduating by the end of June 2016, with a diploma from an accredited Indiana High School.
  • student must be accepted for a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.
  • student must have been a resident of Fulton County at least three continuous years prior to high school graduation. The applicant must be a current resident.

Selection Process:

    • Applications will be "blinded" and then reviewed by the Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Committee, comprised of select members of the Fulton County Community Foundation and citizens of Fulton County.
    • From the pool of “blinded” applications, the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will select Finalists for the Final Phase of the Nomination Process.
    • All Finalists will write a 100-125 word impromptu essay and participate in an oral interview process.
    • The Scholarship Committee will nominate one recipient and two alternates for one full tuition scholarship. 
    • A separate, statewide committee, appointed by Independent Colleges of Indiana, will make the final selection of all recipients in accordance with the criteria and procedures consistent with applicable law and the overall goals of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

How To Apply:

Click on the link above and follow the instructions provided in the online application. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is January 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  You must apply online.

Helpful Hints:

  • Before you apply, gather all required documents. The following document must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg. A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up. Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • Letters of Recommendation: Seriously consider whom you will ask to submit letters of recommendation. Choose someone who knows you well enough to write a letter. You will need two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and another from someone who has supervised you in a volunteer or extra-curricular activity or someone who has supervised you as an employer. You will enter your recommenders’ email address. They will be contacted via the online system to provide a letter of recommendation. We will only accept Letters of recommendation received via the online system.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your two references. By doing so, you give your references ample time to submit a recommendation form on your behalf. If you wait until the deadline or near the deadline, your references may not be able to get their recommendation submitted in time which will make your application incomplete.
  • Keep record of your work, community service and extracurricular activities. Your ability to demonstrate that you have invested your time wisely and for the benefit of others is meaningful to scholarship committees.
  • Spend time on your essays. These are what can set you apart from others and gives insight to the scholarship committee about you!
  • Follow deadlines. - Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application: January 6, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

QUESTIONS? Contact the Fulton County Community Foundation staff at 574-223-2227 or Alison@nicf.org

Fulton County Community Foundation Preschool Scholarships
Application available for download

Download the application

Fulton County Preschool app

Fulton County Preschool app

The NICF is in the third year of a partnership with local preschools, schools and other organizations,to offer preschool scholarships for the children of Fulton, Miami and Starke Counties.

The goal of the program is to make one year of preschool education affordable to every child in our counties. Need-based scholarships are available to families of four-year-old children.

Many people underestimate the importance of preschool education. The expectations of what a child entering kindergarten should know have risen dramatically in recent years and local children who arrive for kindergarten unprepared often have difficulty catching up to their peers.

Eighty-five percent of a child’s brain growth happens by the age of five, and children who attend preschool are more likely to read at grade level, graduate from high school, and continue on to secondary education.

Rigorous studies have shown that for every dollar invested in early childhood education programs for low-income children, between $4 and $9 is returned to the community.

These financial returns come in the form of reduced special education costs, less grade repetition in schools, better job preparedness and a greater ability to meet future labor force demands, higher incomes due to higher educational attainment, fewer welfare payments, and lower criminal casualties and prison costs.

“It’s clear that investing in early childhood education leads to long-term community benefits that would be unwise to ignore,” says NICF Executive Director Jay Albright.

For more information about the scholarship program, contact corinne@nicf.org. To contribute, visit the Giving Connection to invest in the Preschool Scholarship Program for Fulton County children.