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Miami County Community Foundation Scholarship Opportunities

Parents and students are searching for ways to lessen the burden of paying for college and the Miami County Community Foundation (MCCF) offers many scholarships to help do just that.

There are over 40 scholarships that have been created by people who believe in education and want to help local students.

The opportunities for scholarship dollars are varied and cover a wide range of criteria. Whether a graduating senior, current college student, or non-traditional student there are scholarships available at the Community Foundation.

Two Types of Scholarships

If you have questions, please contact Alison Heyde, the Northern Indiana Community Foundation scholarship coordinator at 574-223-2227 or toll free at 877-432-6423 or alison@nicf.org.


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 alison@nicf.org.


Miami County Community Foundation Scholarships for 2015
Application deadline March 6, 2015

The Miami County Community Foundation has 40 scholarship funds available from which we awarded more than $141,000 in 2014. Scholarships can be used for tuition, books and academic fees, but not for room and board.

HOW TO APPLY:

Our new online application is now available. The deadline for the application, all required attachments and recommendation forms is March 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

HELPFUL HINTS:

  • Before you apply, gather all required documents. The following documents must be uploaded to your application and formatted as a .pdf with the exception of the photo which must be formatted as a jpg.
  • FAFSA Student Aid Report which must include your name and Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number
  • A high quality photo of yourself from your shoulders up. Your junior yearbook photo works great!
  • References: Some scholarships will require recommendations. Think about who you might ask. Ask them for their permission to list their names and email addresses as a reference. If needed, they will receive an email request asking them to complete an online recommendation form. Please note that we DO NOT accept recommendation letters. Certain scholarships may require more than 2 references.
  • Start Early! Begin filling out your application early, including inputting names and email addresses for your 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.
  • FAFSA: March 10, 2015
  • Traditional & Non-Traditional Scholarship Applications: March 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
  • Visit www.indianacollegecosts.org to explore college cost, get help understanding financial aid, and search for additional scholarship opportunities.

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

Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you need help scanning in documents, click How To Upload Required Attachments. If you need additional help, we are happy to provide this service free of charge during our office hours, M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Your guidance office or public library may also offer this service.