The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP)
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In 1998, a visionary scholarship program was introduced, aiming to redefine Indiana’s educational landscape – The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP). Since its inception, the Lilly Endowment Inc. has unwaveringly championed the pivotal role of education in fostering personal growth, civic responsibility, and economic prosperity within Indiana. Their goal, through this program, has been twofold: to motivate Indiana’s brightest minds to pursue higher education within the state and, upon graduation, to contribute to Indiana’s workforce and community.
Locally administered by Indiana’s community foundations and on a broader scale by Independent Colleges of Indiana, this scholarship program, funded by Lilly Endowment, serves distinct, yet interconnected purposes:
Elevating the educational standards of Indiana, aiming for a more learned and enlightened populace.
Spotlighting the transformative roles that Indiana community foundations play, acting as catalysts of change and development within their jurisdictions.
Cultivating a network of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. This network, enriched by diverse experiences and insights, is encouraged to collaborate with Indiana’s leaders spanning various sectors – be it business, government, education, nonprofits, or civic roles. The collective aim? Enhancing the quality of life in Indiana, both at a macro and micro-community level.
The program welcomes applications from individuals who meet the following criteria:
Hold a high school diploma from an Indiana high school, recognized either by the State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency accepted by the State Board of Education.
Be a proud resident of Indiana.
Adhere to the specific criteria and deadlines set by individual counties.
To maintain the scholarship, recipients are expected to:
Enroll in an undergraduate baccalaureate program.
Commit to full-time studies.
Opt for any public or private Indiana-based four-year college or university, provided it’s accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The scholarship, in its essence, provides full tuition, mandatory fees, and a special allocation for essential books, ensuring that scholars can focus on their academics without financial constraints. Scholars have the liberty to choose from a plethora of educational institutions within Indiana, and upon selection, they embark on a transformative academic journey. In recent times, the program has proudly awarded 147 scholarships annually, a testament to its vast reach and impact.
For those inspired to be a part of this transformative journey, the first step is to reach out to the community foundation in their respective county. This local foundation will provide insights into the LECSP application process tailored for that area, ensuring that every aspiring scholar is well-guided and informed.
Closing Dates or Important Dates
Given the individualized nature of the application process as per counties, there isn’t a singular deadline. Prospective applicants should consult their local community foundation for pertinent dates.
For a deeper understanding of the program’s vision and its nuances, Katie Goodrich at Independent Colleges of Indiana can be contacted at email@example.com or via phone at 317-684-4297. Moreover, Ted Maple, the vice president for education at Lilly Endowment, offers a broader perspective and can be reached at 317-916-7345.