Thanks to the continued generosity of Lilly Endowment Inc., one outstanding Franklin County high school student who excels academically and exhibits outstanding leadership capability will be awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship administered locally by the Franklin County Community Foundation.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition and required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis. The scholarship application is now available online at www.franklincountyindiana.com under the Scholarships tab, reports FCCF executive director Shelly Lunsford.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 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 the state generally and in local communities.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, over 4,600 scholarships have been awarded statewide.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is open to all Indiana residents who:

• will graduate from an accredited Indiana high school in 2020 and receive a diploma no later than June 30, 2020. A high school is considered accredited for the program's purposes if it is accredited by the Indiana State Board of Education or by a national or regional accreditation agency that is recognized by the State Board of Education.

• intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at a public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In addition, the Franklin County Community Foundation requires applicants to:

• be a county resident who is not applying for a Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship from any other community foundation.

• have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

• be willing to represent Franklin County and the community foundation in a positive manner.

Applications must be submitted online by 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in order to be considered by the Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee. Three semifinalists will be notified by letter mid-October and invited to interview during the nomination process' final phase. Members of the Lilly Scholarship Selection Committee are discerning members of the community who represent a cross-section of the county, including its professional and geographic constituents.

Lunsford says, "The Franklin County Community Foundation is proud to administer this prestigious program and nominate one Franklin County resident for this award."

For more information about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship or other scholarships offered by the Franklin County Community Foundation, please contact the FCCF office at 765-647-6810.