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Investing in Owen County


About the Program


2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar, Dev Patel, of Owen Valley High School

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECS) is designed to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities, and encourage efforts of Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with state leaders to improve quality of life in Indiana.

The Endowment believes that education at all levels is important to the personal, civic, and economic well-being of Indiana’s residents and communities. This program aims to encourage many of Indiana’s most talented students to attend one of the state’s higher education institutions and, ultimately, pursue careers in Indiana.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is administered by the Independent Colleges of Indiana and includes significant participation by the community foundations serving each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application has closed -
check back next year to apply!

Key Elements

Key Elements of the Program:
Full-tuition required fees and book stipend for four years. (Does not pay room, board, or travel expenses.) 
  • Recipients may attend any public or private, Indiana four-year college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
  • Applicants must have 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. 
  • Applicants must be residents of the state of Indiana. 
  • Selection criteria, selection procedures, and application due dates vary by county. 
  • Recipients must pursue undergraduate study in a baccalaureate program on a full-time basis. 
  • 143 scholarships are awarded annually. 
Owen County will receive one generous scholarship. Offering full tuition reimbursement for one student attending an accredited Indiana Public, or Private college, this scholarship includes a $900 annual stipend. The Owen County Community Foundation facilitates this scholarship in conjunction with  Independent Colleges of Indiana
Key Elements for students living in Owen County wanting to apply for the Owen County LECS Program:
  • Students must be on track to graduate and/or have a diploma from an accredited Indiana high school by June 30, 2023, and not prior to June 2022. 
  • The student’s permanent address must be in Owen County. 
  • By June 15, 2022 (i.e., the end of their junior year) the student must have a minimum cumulative unweighted grade-point average of 3.75 or higher and have an SAT/ACT score of 1100 or above, or the ACT equivalent (21). The SAT/ACT score must be available and verifiable at the time of the application deadline.  


Our staff are available to provide direct assistance.

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Maria O'Connor
Senior Director of Programs
& Administration

(812) 829-1725

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