Lilly Endowment Scholarship

CFHC is privileged to administer the 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECSP) in Hancock County. Two high school graduates will be recommended for the full four-year tuition scholarship award, and CFHC supervises the selection process.

About The Program

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program awards 143 scholarships annually across the state. The program aims to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana, increase awareness of community foundations’ beneficial roles, and encourage Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with Indiana leaders to improve the quality of life in local communities. Invitations to apply are by invitation only, and applications will be available online from July 19, 2023, to September 6, 2023.

How To Qualify

To qualify for the 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECSP) administered by CFHC in Hancock County, applicants must:

  • Be graduating by June 30, 2024, from one of the four Hancock County High Schools
  • Live in Hancock County
  • Be in the top 15% of their cohort (weighted GPA)

Applicants who meet these criteria will be identified by their school guidance departments and receive an invitation to apply from CFHC. To complete the application process, applicants must:

  • Plan to pursue a four-year baccalaureate course of study at any accredited Indiana public or private college or university.
  • Submit their application online during the application period, which runs from July 19, 2023, to September 6, 2023.

The third-party committee, composed of evaluators outside of Hancock County, will review student applications blindly and select eight finalists (two from each Hancock County public high schools) based on community service criteria. Community service is the primary criterion for qualification. Financial need is not a consideration for the Hancock County LECSP.

The volunteer committee, identified by CFHC and adhering to a strict conflict of interest policy, will interview the eight finalists in late October and recommend two students to Lilly Endowment for approval. The awards will be announced in December, and the eight finalists will be honored at their respective school corporation’s board meetings in November.

2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients

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Claire is the daughter of James and Nicole Bishop of Pendleton. She plans to attend Purdue University and major in Brain and Behavioral or Psychological Sciences with plans to become an organizational psychologist in a corporate environment.

A variety of organizations and community service work have caught Claire’s interest. Her interest and experience in robotics led her to serve through the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (RECF) as a student ambassador and serving on the Student Advisory Board. She has taught robotics to young girls through the TechPoint Foundation for Youth and hosted a podcast where she interviewed professionals in a STEM-related industry. She also serves as the president of the advisory board. Another robotics-related service she has completed is volunteering at Grassy Creek Elementary School and other local schools as a VEX Robotics team mentor. Since she has competed in VEX Robotics for many years, this has been one of her favorite activities.

Changing Footprints in Greenfield has also been a favorite place for Claire to serve. Her duties range from cleaning and organizing shoes to scheduling other community groups to serve there. The payoff for her is the shoe giveaways where she gets to help children find the perfect shoes for them.

4-H has been an important part of Claire’s life, culminating in being the 2022 Hancock County 4-H Fair Queen and the multiple opportunities to serve the community that has come along with that role. She has participated in Hancock County 4-H Junior Leaders since 2017 and has participated in a wide variety of service projects in that role. She is also the president of the Hancock County 4-H Rabbit Club and Country Kritters 4-H Club, as well as serving on the Hancock County Junior Swine Superintendent Board.

Claire utilizes her love for teaching and music to serve her churches as well, by working in the 2-year-old room at one church, and leading worship youth group music at another. Music has also led to her joining the Hancock County Children’s Choir Student Council.

Madelyn is the daughter of Austin and Jamie Potter of New Palestine. She plans to attend Taylor University and major in biology. She would like to combine her two loves of science and children to become a Pediatric Physician’s Associate.

Serving those less fortunate is a large theme in Madelyn’s community service work. She has been serving with Hope Center Indy for the past four years. Her work initially involved working on the Redefined Hope boutique fashion shows. This work led her to become more highly involved with this organization including starting a program that fundraises to provide high-quality hygiene products for the residents there. Madelyn’s family became part of Safe Families for Children 2015. Through this program, her family hosted children for up to five months while their parent(s) dealt with a crisis. This led to them becoming a foster family in 2020. This activity has led to her interest in making a career in helping children.

Madelyn is active in her church including leading a small group of younger students, playing in the youth band, and helping with events including Vacation Bible School and camp. These activities have led to her being a part of her church’s youth leadership team for the past few years.

Madelyn has found a way to share her love of soccer and arts with community service as well. She has volunteered at local soccer camps to help encourage younger students to have fun while living an active lifestyle. She also enjoys volunteering with the National Art Honor Society to promote the love of art to the community. She also participates in National Honor Society, tennis, soccer, Science National Honor Society, and NP Life at her school.

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