SCHOLARSHIPS


Congratulations to all 2021 Scholarship Recipients!  We are pleased to announce the award of 27 scholarships totaling just under $78,000 to high school seniors and non-traditional students. These awards are made possible through the generous gifts of our donors. The scholarship process relies upon the help of many volunteers who spend hours reviewing applications and meeting with committees to recommend recipients. Thank you to all who made the 2021 scholarship awards possible. Please help congratulate these students! 


List of 2021 Recipients


Click here to view slides of the 2020 Scholar Surprise!

Click here to view a list of 2020 Scholars

Click here to view a list of 2019 Scholars

  • Lilly ENDOWMENT COMMUNITY scholarship

    2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available Friday, August 6th with the deadline on Friday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. EST.


    The 2021 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient is Patrick Kiefer.  He will be attending Purdue University in the fall.  Feel free to read more about Patrick and other past Lilly scholars in the yearly spring e-newsletters below.  


    LECS E-NEWSLETTERS

    2019 Feb edition

    2020 March edition

    2021 March edition- latest


  • non traditional adult scholarships

    The Community Foundation administers four non-traditional scholarships for current college students and older adults. Non-traditional applications include the Back Home Again in Indiana Scholarship, Ralph E Winters Scholarship, Gary M Schnapf 4-H Memorial Scholarship, and the K Stuart Gast Scholarship.  Deadline for 2021 has passed. 


    Click here to apply when available or to see a brief description.


    Contact Kim Krause at kkrause@cfopc.org with questions.

  • Scholarships for seniors

    The Community Foundation administers over 40 scholarships including traditional scholarships for high school graduates. Click here for a description of the

    Community Foundation Scholarships and to apply when available.  Deadline for the 2020-2021school year has passed.


    Instruction sheet on how to apply.


    Scholarship Tutorial Video


    Click on Common App to get started when scholarships are available.


    Click on Recommendation App to send out email requests to faculty/staff, employers, community leaders, etc.  


    Click on Signature & Agreement page to print, complete, handwrite your signature, and email, mail, or drop off to CFPC located at 127 E Pearl Street or email kkrause@cfopc.org . This is a required document and must be completed.  


    Scholarship Coordinator Kim Krause offers a free demonstration of the application process at county high schools each year. Due to the pandemic, that will not take place for the 2020/21 school year. Contact Kim at kkrause@cfopc.org with questions. 

Scholarship FAQ's

How do I know if I am eligible for a particular scholarship? 

Each scholarship fund has specific eligibility criteria defined by the donor when the fund was established. The scholarship description preceding each application will usually contain this criteria. 


What can scholarship awards be used for? 

The scholarships are for educational expenses: tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, unless otherwise stipulated in the scholarship award.


Are scholarship awards taxable? 

Consult a tax expert for advice. For degree seeking students, the portion of the scholarship that is used for room and board is taxable. For non-degree seeking students, all the scholarship is taxable. 


Are the scholarship awards sufficient to pay the cost of my college education? 

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is the only full-tuition scholarship available through the Community Foundation. Other scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for Foundation scholarships, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, work-study awards, and loans.


If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get? 

Although a few scholarships have set award amounts, awards will vary depending on a number of factors. Your award will depend on the size of the particular fund and the directions given by the donors or fund advisors. 


Where can I go to school with these scholarships? 

Most of the scholarships are for students attending any accredited college or university. Some scholarships are designed for students attending an Indiana institution, or a particular college or university. See the specific description at the beginning of each scholarship application.


May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?

Yes, you may apply for all the scholarships to which you are eligible, and therefore could be selected as a recipient from multiple scholarship funds. 


Do I need to pay scholarship money back?

No, scholarships are charitable awards that do not need to be paid back. 


If I am selected, do I get the check? 

No. Checks are made payable to the educational institution and are paid at the start of a semester and after particular documentation has been provided - usually your college acceptance letter or schedule. Scholars receive a letter from the Community Foundation after graduation/awards night stating the amount of the award and the required documentation.


If I receive a scholarship one year, will I automatically receive an award the following year? 

No. Currently there are a limited number of renewable scholarships. In almost all cases students must turn in grade reports and/or class schedules. 


What if I have other questions? 

If you have questions, or to request an application, see your guidance counselor or contact the Community Foundation.