Morgan County, Ind. – The 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application period will open on July 22, 2019, with applications due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 5. Administered by the Community Foundation of Morgan County, these are the largest community scholarships awarded, valued at up to $213,564 each, depending upon the college or university the recipients attend.
Two scholarships are awarded in Morgan County, and include tuition and required fees for four years and a $900 yearly book stipend. Room, board and travel expenses are not included.
The application process is exclusively online in the scholarships section of the CFMC’s website at CFMConline.org. A new website feature this year is a tutorial video that walks students through the application process.
“In the past, we’ve held ‘How to Apply’ seminars, but we recognized that it wasn’t possible for everyone who was interested or needed help to attend,” said Christine Arnold, finance and stewardship manager. “Our tutorial video highlights all the essential steps for applying, and it’s accessible to everyone on our website or YouTube channel.”
To be eligible to apply, students must be residents of Morgan County at the time of application, graduating by June 30, 2020. They must be receiving a high school diploma from an Indiana high school accredited by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education.
Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis at any accredited public or private four-year college or university in Indiana.
Seven finalists will be chosen by the foundation’s scholarship committee to interview on October 2, 2019, with two recipients being selected by winter break.
Arnold suggests that students begin applying right away, as they will need to obtain a transcript and reference letter. Applicants also need to thoughtfully prepare for essay questions and a “reverse reference” – a letter to express gratitude to someone who had a positive impact on their lives.
Launched in 1998, these scholarships are the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education within the state. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. There will be 142 scholarships awarded statewide.
More information on the Community Foundation of Morgan County is available online at CFMConline.org or by calling the foundation at (765) 813-0003.