Lilly Endowment

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program will provide one scholarship for otherwise reimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900.00 per year for required books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis. The undergraduate study will lead to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

In order to apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen; and
  • Be a Ripley County Indiana resident; and
  • Be a graduating senior for an accredited Indiana high school; and
  • Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana.

Deadlines for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship vary each year.  Typically, applications will open in July and close in August. Students must partake in the timed-essay portion at school to complete all the requirements of their application.  Visit the Scholarship Portal to see when this year’s application is being accepted and when the application deadline is.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Winners

2023: Madison Rahschulte – Marian University 
2022: Emily Meyer – Purdue University
2021: Riley Schebler – Indiana University
2020: Gage Unrath – Purdue University
2019: George Ritter – Rose Hulman Institute of Technology
2018: Toria Tucker – Depauw University
2017: Paul Ritter – Butler University
2016: Emily Weiler – Butler University
2015: Shelby Armstrong – Depauw University
2014: Isaiah Frey – University of Evansville
2013: Natalie Brinson – Ball State University
2012: Nicholas Walter – Notre Dame University
2011: Ada Elizabeth Smith – DePauw University
2010: Trisha Lecher – IUPUI; Luke Shaw – Butler University
2009: Gerald Hardesty – Purdue University; Valorie Wagner – University of Indianapolis
2008: Tyler Giesting – DePauw University; Kellen Stolze – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
2007: Leslie Brancamp – Indiana University; Tyler Hensley – Butler University
2006: Dan King – Rose Hulman Institute of Technology; Casey McGuire – Purdue University
2005: Erin Collier – Hanover College; Holly Toops – Franklin College
2004: Michael Cole – Hanover College; Zachary Frey – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Christina Lawburgh – Depauw University
2003: Kara Felde – Valparaiso University; Adam Record – Notre Dame University; Joshua Wagner – Franklin College
2002: Philip Baker – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Tom Finney – Purdue University; Jenna Rump – Purdue University
2001: Eric Benz – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology; Kendra Harmon – Notre Dame University; Christina Record – Butler University
2000: Shelby Howard – Indiana University; Emily Love – Butler University
1999: Daniel Speer, Jr.- Indiana University; Rene Simon – St. Joseph’s College
1998: Amy Moll – Purdue University

Ripley County Community Foundation Scholars

(Finalists for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship)

2022: Amelia Austin, Abigale Kieffer, Lara Moster, & Kayla Simon
: Grace Sarringhaus, Dylan Schutte, Jacob Sheets, & Trysta Vierling
2020: Abigail Blomer, Alexandra Dudley, Joseph Hartman, & Sophie Wessler
2019: Alyssa Brinkman, Robert Heidlage, Sarah Preston, & Chloe Shaw
2018: Olivia Allen, Quinten Hylton-Gowdy, & Madeline Pierson
2017: Jacob Dodge, Margaret Glaser, Caleb Moster, & Josie Wesseler
2016: Lindsay Comer, Morgan Cutter, Lauren Eckstein, & Morgan Weber
2015: Lexi Eisert, Kelsey Gausman, Ivy Glaser, & Ashley Moore
2014; Cassandra Dickey, Hayley Fossett, Amanda Richter, & Austin Wagner
2013: Anna Meer, Megan Bales, Russell Pitts, & Robert Greer
2012: Alexander Dodge, Lydia Ertel, Austin Frey, & Courtney Smith
2011: Jessica Boss, Brooke Gilland, Arielle Noel, & Rebecca Wagner
2010: Kelly Borter, Brittany Brewer, Hannah Combs, Christopher Struewing, Alexander Walter, & Melissa Wilson
2009: Clinton Covert, Chelsea Durham, Ryan Hartman, Audrey Huffmeyer, Tess Kuntz, & Christopher Meyer
2008: Chelsea Cook, Deborah Fryer, Amber Hountz, Toni Perdue, Megan Rumpke, & “B.J.” Sieverding
2007: Zachary Baker, Melissa Knisley, Bernadette Gorman, Matthew Krieger, Lisa Meyer, & Kendra Walker
2006: Krista Bergman, Geoffrey Frey, Amanda Harmeyer, Kyle Horan, Amber Lunsford, & Josha Yatsko
2005: Kimberly Batta, Laura Hountz, Levi Knowlton, Amanda Mersch, Tonya Volz, & Elizabeth Wehr
2004: Adam Ballard, Lisa Feller, Amy Record, Adam Vogel, & Nicole Wittmer
2003: Jessica Geisler, Molly Gilland, Michael May, Nicholas Peetz, & Eric Volz
2002: Deanna Doll, Samantha Goldsmith, Carey Hart, Jared Prickel, & Holly Wehr
2001: Jessica Belter, Melissa Espelage, Eric Felde, Casey Menchhofer, & Denise Walcott

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community developmenteducation and religion. The Endowment funds significant programs throughout the United States, especially in the field of religion. However, it maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

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