Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Since 1998, the Community Foundation of Pulaski County has been proud to partner with Lilly Endowment Inc. to administer the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) in Pulaski County. The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program 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.


LECS Scholarships open on the first Friday in August.

The program provides scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for up to eight semesters/12 quarters of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

LECSP in Pulaski County

An overriding goal of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is to help meet the scholarship needs of students in the state of Indiana as identified and articulated within local communities. In furtherance of that goal, Lilly Endowment Inc. allows community foundations wide latitude to develop the student scholarship application and nomination criteria and procedures.

In 2024 the CFPC Board of Directors approved an updated framework for the LECSP in Pulaski County and is designed as a merit based scholarship. The program is designed to recognize top academic talent and service to a student’s community while also acknowledging barriers that may be present.

The 2024-2025 program is broken into two parts: The Application and The Interview.

See a list of CFPC Lilly Scholars.

Criteria Comparison



Academic Preparation 30
Community Involvement & School Activities (includes short essay) 25
Leadership Opportunities & Skills (includes short essay) 20
Career Goals & Aspirations (long essay) 20
Employment & Internship Opportunities 5

The Application

The LECSP for Pulaski County has a specific scholarship application and its own rubric. For LECSP in Pulaski County, the rubric is as follows:

  • Academics–30 points
    • Unweighted GPA compared to other applicants
    • Diploma track
    • Number of advanced courses offered at the student’s school compared to the number the applicant completed
  • Community Involvement & School Activities–25 points
    What does the student do in their free time? What do they choose to pursue at school? This section includes a short essay on why these activities are meaningful to the applicant. Students must address how activities impacted personal growth and development, shaped values/aspirations, and/or deepen understanding of community issues.
    • Community Service i.e. volunteering at local nonprofit, etc.
    • Community Activities i.e. 4-H, Scouts, etc.
    • Faith (outside of attending regular services)
    • Team Sports i.e. Basketball, Cross Country, Youth League, etc.
    • School Clubs and Organizations i.e. Band, Drama Club, Spanish Club, etc.
  • Leadership Opportunities & Skills–20 points
    What leadership position(s) has the student been involved in at school or in the community? This section includes a short essay on sharing a leadership experience, within a club, team, or any context where a leadership position was assumed. Students must address the following key points:
    • Motivation and Vision
    • Challenges and Solutions
    • Personal Growth
  • Career Goals & Aspirations–20 points
    Applicants will reflect on their previous experiences and envisioned career path and future goals. A minimum of three (3) of the following key points must be addressed in the essay:
    • Career Path Influences
    • Personal Growth and Development
    • Community Engagement and Impact
    • Philanthropic Endeavors
    • Leadership and Influence
    • Overcoming Challenges
    • Long-Term Vision for Career
  • Employment & Internship Opportunities–5 points
    Employment is any work experience that is paid or unpaid. Applicants have an opportunity to share characteristics out of a student’s control like being a first-generation college student, students with a physical or mental impairment, being in single parent home, etc.
    • Responsibilities at Home (outside of regular chores)
    • Work including unpaid internships, family jobs, etc.
  • Writing
    All essays will be evaluated on the quality of content, organization, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

The Interview

In-person interviews will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2024. Up to five (5) students are offered an interview, and the times are randomly selected from 4pm – 6pm.

First round scores from the application are zeroed out, and the final recommendations are made solely on the interview score.
The Interview rubric is as follows:

  • Impromptu Essay Question—40 Points
    • Clarity and content
    • Organization
    • Communication of viewpoint
    • Vocabulary, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Interview Questions–60 points
    • Caring/Compassionate
    • Community focus/drive
    • Grit/Resilience
    • Integrity
    • Leadership
    • Expression of thought
    • Organization of responses
    • Poise

All interviewees are notified of the outcome by email in December after the process is reviewed by a statewide Selection Committee.