Community Foundation DeKalb County awards scholarships each year thanks to the generosity of donors who understand that education is important for a rewarding and successful life. Donors’ gifts help make post-high school education affordable for many students.

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Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition, required fees and up to $900 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The recipient must begin her/his college career as a full time student in the fall of 2017. S/he may attend any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Eligible students will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Current resident of DeKalb County, Indiana
  • Graduate of a DeKalb County high school or Hamilton High School before the end of June 2017
  • Top 10% of her/his high school class
  • Involved in the community as a volunteer

The application requires an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) number that can be calculated with a worksheet at FAFSA4caster.
Click on this Apply Now button to be directed to this scholarship on our scholarship site, where you will be able to create an account and conduct the application process.

The deadline to apply is Monday, September 12, 2016.

Scholarship applications are evaluated using established areas of measurement. Evaluation criteria are shown in the following rubrics. Click on link to see details.

Application Score Rubric Essay Score Rubric Interview Score Rubric
Financial Need Score Rubric Application Summary Form


Link to Indiana College Cost Estimator (

A resource for college bound students and their families to compare college costs among several different schools, complete with estimated aid packages, based on information you provide. This service is FREE.

2017 Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors and Non-Traditional* College Students

*You are a non-traditional college student if you are beginning, or began, your college career in a year other than the year you graduated from high school or if you are returning to college after a break in continuous enrollment.

Other Community Foundation scholarships will be posted before the end of December 2016.