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STUDENT SUPPORT

The Cass County Community Foundation currently administers two scholarship programs: The Lilly Endowment Community Scholars Program and the Cass County General Scholarship Program.

Since 1998, the Lilly Endowment Program has annually made awards to Cass County students and named them "Lilly Scholars." The award offers full tuition and fees to attend any 4-year accredited baccalaureate granting college or university in the state of Indiana. Student recipients also receive $900 annually for books.

The General Scholarship Program is funded by individual donors with awards and criteria varying for each fund. The general program also boasts awards for two-year, skills and trade school students. In 2023  the General Program awarded over 138 scholarships to students totaling over $600,000 to help them pursue a post-secondary education.

Download this year's scholarship booklet by clicking the link below.

Lily Endowment Community Scholarship

Find information on how to apply, current deadlines and a listing of all previous recipients

Scholarship Online Portal

All CCCF scholarship applications must be filled out using our online system.

Tips & Frequently
asked questions

The foundation welcomes inquiries and will gladly work with students to ensure they properly complete all application materials.

LILY SCHOLARS INFO

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program Deadline

The deadline for the 2024 application is Friday, August 25, 2023.

Orientation

Attendance at an orientation is mandatory and the first step to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Orientations for 2024 are offered as follows:
 

  • Monday, July 17th at 3pm

  • Tuesday, July 18th at 10am and 5pm

  • Wednesday, July 19 at noon

  • Friday, July 21 at 10am

  • Monday, July 24 at 4pm


All at the CCCF Office, 729 E. Market Street, Logansport. You MUST call and reserve your choice of session.

Lilly Scholarship Recipients

  • 1998 Eric Foerg

  • 1999 Jesse McQuiston, Katherine Rogers 

  • 2000 Matthew Blume, Justin Dillman

  • 2001 Elizabeth Murray, Kim McMillen-Horn, Laura Hemming

  • 2002 John Dale Beety, Brian Dunkel, Shannon Starr

  • 2003 Brian Blume, Stephen Michael Keller, Maria Perrone

  • 2004 Jacob Baber, Audrey Miller, Jason Simons

  • 2005 Patrick Brown, Dominic Vernon

  • 2006 Mishayla Binkerd, Kenneth Engle

  • 2007 Amy Berkshire, Lacey Berkshire

  • 2008 Natasha Bergstedt, Jacob Weinstein

  • 2009 Karah Crockett, Jessica Head

  • 2010 Sarah Cahalan, Susannah Cox

  • 2011 Kyle Overway

  • 2012 Savannah Jay

  • 2013 Kaley Bean

  • 2014 Lari Rutschmann

  • 2015 Joe Bean

  • 2016 Sydney Sofronici

  • 2017 Cassia Scagnoli

  • 2018 Mallory Minnick

  • 2019 Jack Kiser

  • 2020 Damon Montgomery

  • 2021 Rachel Calisto

  • 2022 Rachel Rogers

  • 2023 Luna Tafolla

  • 2024 Aryan Patel

Tips

  • Remember! Your scholarship application represents YOU.

  • Give your application the time, attention, and preparation that you and it deserve.

  • Read and follow the instructions carefully. If you have questions, call the CCCF office at 574-722-2200.

  • Type or print neatly. Please use ink, not pencil, for any hand-written materials.

  • Allow plenty of time to gather the required materials. Give sufficient advance notice when you are requesting letters of recommendation, grade transcripts, etc. 

  • Proofread your work - especially your essay, if one is requested. Check the spelling. Check the grammar. You may even wish to have a friend or a teacher proofread your completed application.

  • Be honest and be yourself.

  • If you are asked to talk about yourself, don't be afraid to highlight your strengths. Be truthful without being boastful.

  • Make certain the persons you ask to prepare letters of recommendation know you well.

  • Watch deadlines - if your application is late, it will be rejected.

FAQs

Why is there a common application?

The common application enables students to be considered for multiple scholarships and simplifies the application process. Additionally, the common application makes the community aware of the opportunities made possible by the generosity of people dedicated to higher education.

Am I eligible to apply?

Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific criteria to determine your eligibility for each of the scholarship funds.

What if I have questions about the specific criteria or the application?

If you have questions, you can talk to your guidance counselor. In addition, you can call the CCCF office at 574-722-2200 with questions or to request additional information.

How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?

There is no charge to apply.

What is the deadline?

Application materials must be postmarked no later than January 26. (See instructions on application materials.) All materials must be submitted together in one envelope.

What can scholarship awards be used for?

The scholarships are for educational expenses and are sent directly to the school.

Are the scholarship awards taxable?

In general, for degree-seeking students, a scholarship used for tuition, books, and supplies is not taxable. Any portion of the scholarship that is used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable. Consult a tax expert for advice.

 

Are the scholarship awards sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?

No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through CCCF, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study programs. A complete financial package can be put together by your college's financial aid office and may include a portion of each of the above types of financial aid. In addition, you may find other scholarship opportunities by checking with your guidance counselor, other local organizations, or on the Internet.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?

The individual scholarship funds offer varying award amounts, depending on the size of the particular fund, the number of qualified applicants, and the directions given by the donors or fund advisors of the funds.

Are the scholarship amounts the same every year?

Not necessarily. Funds available vary from year to year. The anticipated scholarship amounts are provided in this booklet to give applicants a general idea.

Where can I go to school with these scholarships?

Most of the scholarships can be used at any college or university of your choice. Some scholarships are designated for students attending a specific college, or are limited to Indiana institutions. See the specific description of each scholarship.

May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?

Yes, you may apply for all of the scholarships for which you qualify. Therefore, you could be selected as a recipient from multiple funds.

Do I need to pay scholarship money back?

No. These are charitable awards that do not need to be paid back.

If I am selected, do I receive the check(s)?

No. The checks are made out to the school of your choice in your name. The checks are mailed directly to the school in early August, after CCCF has received your completed voucher form.

If I receive a one-year scholarship, will i automatically receive an award for the following year?

No. Currently there are a limited number of renewable scholarships. The renewal criteria are different for each scholarship. See the specific description of each scholarship.

If I am a 21st century scholar, can I apply?

Students who are certified 21st Century Scholars MAY apply for the CCCF scholarships.

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