Musselman Family

Miami County


2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The purpose of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state’s residents. With this purpose in mind, the Miami 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/university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Scholarship recipients are to be knows as Lilly Endowment Community Scholars.

Criteria for Eligibility
1. Student must be a Miami County high school senior, graduating by the end of June 2015, with a diploma from an accredited Indiana High School.
2. Student must be accepted for a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.
3. Student must have been a resident of Miami County at least three continuous years prior to high school graduation. The applicant must be a current resident.
4. Based upon the most current official school transcript, the applicant must have a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0-point scale or 8.0 or higher on a 12.0-point scale and an SAT total composite of at least 1500 or higher or a composite of at least 1000 or higher on the critical reading and math scores of the SAT.

Selection Process
1. Applications will be "blinded" and then reviewed by the Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Committee, comprised of select members of the Miami County Community foundation and citizens of Miami County.
2. From the pool of “blinded” applications, the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will select Finalists for the Final Phase of the Nomination Process.
3. Finalists will write a 100-125 word impromptu essay, participate in an oral interview process, and present a portfolio--scrapbook, a PowerPoint presentation, or a video of their work that represents the applicant’s personal statement about their talents, abilities and major accomplishments (15 minute maximum length.)
4. The Scholarship Committee will nominate one recipient and one alternate for one full tuition scholarship.
5. A separate, statewide committee, appointed by Independent Colleges of Indiana, will make the final selection of the recipient 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
Visit this website for a link to the online scholarship application. Then follow the instructions provided in the application. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is January 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

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!
  • One Letter of Recommendation: From a Community member who is familiar with your community service and your volunteerism, a current or previous employer who can attest to your work history and work ethics, or a high school staff person who can attest to your involvement and participation in your high school activities. You will enter your recommender’s email address. They will be contacted via the online system to provide a letter of recommendation. Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters. Your references must complete an online recommendation form.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting the name and email address for your reference. 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, 2015 @ 3:00 pm

QUESTIONS?  Contact Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 877-432-6423 or

Miami County Community Foundation Endowment Scholarships
Applications available by November 2014.

The Miami County Community Foundation supports more than 100 Miami County college students last year with over $270,000 in scholarship dollars.

High school seniors and college student who meet individualize criteria for each scholarship are awarded these scholarship that were established by donors who care about fulton County students.

Online applications will be available by December of 2014, with a March 2015 deadline.

Miami County Scholarships:

Back Home Again in Indiana- 
Helen L. Barrnett Scholarship: Students who have been residents of Miami County for a minimum of two years. Students may be full or part-time studying in health-related courses.
David W. Beall Memorial Scholarship: Residents of Miami County and graduating Seniors of Maconaquah High School. Must be planning to attend a college, university or trade school in the State of Indiana and show a financial need.
Claude S. and Marie M. Berger Foundation, Inc. Scholarship: Current graduates of North Miami High School
or Tippecanoe Valley High School and have a “B” average or above, deserving of financial assistance.
Lyman H. Bond Scholarship: Graduating senior of Peru High School accepted into and attend a two or four year college, university or vocational school. Student must have been a member of the Peru High School football team or other athletic program;
Elaine Cultice Bright Memorial Scholarship: Female students who are residents of Miami County and
graduates or past graduates of Peru High School. Must have attended for two years prior to graduating. Full time or part time students at an accredited Indiana college, university, trade or vocational school.
The Class of 1964 John McElheny Memorial Scholarship: Scholarships for students who are accepted into and attend accredited four-year public or private institutions of higher learning, particularly those student who graduated from Maconaquah High School, pursuing a degree in Elementary or Secondary education.
Marilyn Coppernoll Memorial Scholarship: Students graduating from Peru, Maconaquah or North Miami High Schools and enrolled in the study of writing or publishing.
James R. and Bette J. Davis Scholarship: Qualified students graduating from Peru High School.
Velma Derbyshire Art Scholarship: Peru High School students studying fine arts or art education.
LaVonne M. Eddy Nursing Scholarship: For residents of Miami County, who have attended North Miami, Maconaquah, Peru, or Oak Hill High School for 2 years prior to graduation, and who are pursuing a 4 year nursing degree at an accredited college or university.
Eugene K. and Martha E. Fike Memorial Scholarship: Students graduating from Peru High School.
Amanda Drudge Memorial Scholarship - North Miami, Rochester, and Tippecanoe Valley High Schools, home or private school students in the Fulton or Miami County area. Financial Need with 1st priority given to students pursuing a degree in the field of Christian ministry. 2nd priority given those pursuing a degree in the field of nursing, education, or social services. 
Friend Family Scholarship: Miami County residents who are graduates of North Miami High School and are attending an accredited institution of higher learning.
James U. & Betsy Guthrie Health Scholarship: Resident of Miami County pursuing a degree in any form of health care and be accepted into and attend a college, university or vocational school in the state of Indiana. Also accepted are “non-traditional” students*.
Tony Hare Photojournalism Scholarship: Students who are graduating, or have graduated from any Miami County High School, Cass County or White County High School and studying photojournalism.
Ray E. and Marie Rupp Hoffman Memorial Scholarship: Miami County residents who graduated from Peru or Maconaquah Highs Schools and pursuing a degree in a technical or business field.
Ryan McCarthy Holmes Scholarship: Students graduating from Peru High School, Triton Central High School, Center Grove High School, Bloomington North High School and Westfield High School.
The Hoppes Memorial Fund: Students who graduated from Maconaquah High School and participated on the Maconaquah speech team.
The Randy Hughes Memorial Scholarship Award: For the Valedictorian of North Miami High School.
J & J Scholarship: Qualified students and non-traditional students deserving of financial assistance.
Pat Keady Memorial Scholarship: Students who are accepted into and attend Purdue University and are seniors at Maconaquah High School.
Leonora E. Kolb Scholarship: Graduates of Peru High School pursuing a college education through public or private institutions.
Harrie and Marty Lanning Memorial Scholarship: Howard or Miami County residents and have graduated from any Howard or Miami County High School in Indiana.
Robert M. Larrison First Farmers Bank & Trust Scholarship: Qualified students graduating from any Grant, Howard, or Miami County High Schools.
John V. and Joyce L. Lewis Scholarship: Qualified students graduating from Peru High School.
Virginia Anne Lewis Memorial Scholarship: Qualified students graduating from Peru High School.
The Mae Merrel Music Education and Dwight Stout Elementary Education Scholarship: Graduating seniors of Maconaquah High School, Bunker Hill, Indiana.
Miami County Chamber of Commerce Scholarship: For a non-traditional student who is a resident of Miami County and who graduated from Peru, North Miami, Maconaquah or Oak Hill High Schools.
Miami County Historical Society Richardson Scholarship: Miami County students enrolled in the study of history, museum studies or with a non-profit history related goal.
Celia G. Miller Scholarship: Graduates of Peru High School pursuing a degree in the field of education, except music education.
Alice Moon Scholarship: Scholarships for graduating seniors of Peru Senior High School.
North Miami Alumni Scholarship Fund, created by the Class of 1965: North Miami High School seniors who plan to attend college, trade school, or pursue other further education.
Janice Nowling Memorial Scholarship: Students graduating from Peru High School.
PHS Class of 1995 Memorial Scholarship: Graduating seniors of Peru High School.
Randy Steg Memorial Fund: Residents of Miami County who graduated from any Miami County high school, pursuing a degree in Criminology, Criminal Science, Criminal Justice, or Law Enforcement.
Ashley Rusie Memorial Scholarship: For graduating seniors of North Miami High School.
Mary Lee Temple Memorial Scholarship: For female students pursuing a degree in elementary education and who are graduating seniors from Peru, Maconaquah, or North Miami high schools and are residents of Miami County.
Lynn Smith Tharp Memorial Nursing Scholarship: For students who are Miami County Residents and students of North Miami High School, pursuing a degree in the field of nursing.
Howard C. Unger Scholarship: For string music students who have graduated from Muncie Community Schools, the Angola Public Schools, or the Peru Community Schools to assist in their obtaining college and graduate training in string music.
Samuel T. Waltz Health and Science Scholarship: For Miami County students who are graduates of a Miami County High School. with attention given to students majoring in a medical science or research field