The 2024 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available for all students who will graduate from either Austin or Scottsburg high schools, or Grace Christian Academy, by the end of June 2024. The scholarship program is available through the Scott County Community Foundation. All applications must be submitted online. The link to the application can be found in the Scholarships and Grants menu (Scholarships sub-menu) on the Community Foundation’s website,

The online portion of the application will be due on Friday, Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Applicants will then be required to write and submit two essays in person at Mid-America Science Park, with choice of Sept. 11 or 12 from 6-8 p.m. Students will receive one writing prompt in advance, and one extemporaneous topic will be given during the night of the essay. Students may attend either session to write their essays regardless of where they attend school.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 147 scholarship statewide. LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise reimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university.

Forty-two local students have been named recipients since the program started in Scott County in 1998. More than 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception. The primary purposes of LECSP 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 Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state. Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the LECSP since 1997.

The Scott County Community Foundation is located at 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. For information, call 752-2057 or email