Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a proud partner of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) Program, which has provided more than 70 students from Elkhart County with the financial means to complete a post-secondary education.

Scholarship Details

Through the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Lilly Endowment Inc. will award four-year, full-tuition (room and board not included) scholarships to three 2018 Elkhart County seniors. These students who will begin classes in the fall of 2018 may attend any accredited Indiana college.

Each eligible high school in the county may nominate one student. From this group the Community Foundation Scholarship Committee will then select three Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS) nominees. Selected recipients will be determined by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Students not selected as LECS nominees will be awarded the Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarships of $20,000 toward tuition to be paid over four years at $5,000 per year.


To learn more about the process, students or parents are encouraged to download the LECS brochure below. If you have additional questions, please contact your high school counselor or the Program Office at the Community Foundation.

2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship timeline.
August 1, 2017 Application available online.
September 11, 2017 Application Deadline. High school seniors submit application to their respective school.
September 22, 2017 Each school will report its nomination to the Community Foundation.
October 23, 2017 Nominee Interview Day. All students selected as their school nominee are required to attend.
October 30, 2017 Community Foundation will report its nominees to ICI.
December 15, 2017 LECS and Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship recipients will be notified.
April 28, 2018 Scholarship Awards Brunch

To Apply

The 2017-2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now closed.

Amanda Jamison

Program Officer
Youth Development and Scholarships

Samantha Lambert

Program Associate
Youth Development and Scholarships