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Council on Foundations Independent Colleges of Indiana GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow)

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Lilly Endowment Knight Foundation


Independent Colleges of Indiana

Independent Colleges of Indiana

Lilly Endowment Inc. awards full-tuition scholarships to students from each county in Indiana. These scholarships are awarded through and administered by the network of community foundations throughout the state. ICI oversees the statewide administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

These four-year tuition scholarships are for undergraduate study in baccalaureate programs at any four-year college or university in the state. Required fees and an annual book stipend are also included. Deadlines and selection procedures, as well as the criteria used for determining who is eligible for the scholarship, vary from county to county. In all circumstances, applicants must be Indiana residents, must be graduates of accredited Indiana high schools, and must use the scholarship to earn a baccalaureate degree in Indiana. Students currently in high school should ask their counselors about applications for the program. Persons who have previously graduated from high school but who are now interested in attending college should contact their community foundation to determine whether they will be eligible based on local criteria.

During the first 15 years of the program, 3,629 students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. Scholars are attending 45 different colleges in the state of Indiana.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is a nonprofit membership association of and for the state’s philanthropic grantmaking community. Our members include public and private foundations, corporate giving programs, governmental grantmakers, regranting organizations, philanthropic advisors and other qualified individuals. Collectively, our membership holds about $12.5 billion in assets and awards more than $500 million in grants each year. IPA itself does not make grants.

Our mission is to champion, support and connect our members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy. We do this by:

  • Providing advocacy that promotes and protects the work and interests of Indiana grantmakers with our state and federal government officials
  • Creating high-quality grantmaker education that is convenient and cost-effective
  • Delivering Indiana-specific news, research and analysis
  • Connecting our members to each other and to key partners to create a knowledgeable, collaborative, sustainable philanthropic sector

GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow)

GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow)

In 1990 Lilly Endowment announced the GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) initiative. It was launched on the premise that local citizens are the best judges of their own philanthropic needs and priorities. Through five GIFT phases and two programs—"Taking Stock" and "Sustaining Resource Development"—community foundations now serve every one of Indiana's 92 counties in a variety of ways.

Asset-building, operating-support and special-project grants have encouraged public support and engaged the interest of local citizens in improving the lives around them. Besides being grantmakers, community foundations play important leadership roles in their communities— identifying community needs and convening community dialogues to formulate strategies and marshal resources to address them.

During the first 15 years of the program, 3,629 students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships. Scholars are attending 45 different colleges in the state of Indiana.

A critical resource common to all GIFT phases and programs and available to the foundations and their communities is technical assistance. This technical assistance component is housed with the Indiana Grantmakers Alliance.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Lilly Endowment

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship was designed to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and to leverage further the ability of Indiana's community foundations to enhance the quality of life of the state's residents.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholars will receive scholarships for full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private college or university accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This scholarship does NOT cover room and board expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicant is a resident of Lake County, Indiana and a citizen of the United States as of January 2, 2013.
  • Applicant is a high school senior as of September 2012 at an accredited Lake County, Indiana high school and thereby eligible to receive a diploma in June 2013.
  • Applicant must apply for a full time baccalaureate course of study to begin in the fall of 2013 at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana by the application deadline.
  • Applicant must be available for an interview that will be scheduled for the week of February 18, 2013.

See application for more information or contact us by phone: 219.736.1880 or email legacy@legacyfdn.org

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Application is a two part process. Please contact your guidance office for your school's deadlines.

Knight Foundation

Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Knight Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Nationally, the Knight Community Foundations Program serves to advance informed and engaged communities by working in transformational ways with community foundations and their leaders. In Lake County, the John S. and James L. Knight Donor Advised Fund is administered by Legacy Foundation. An advisory committee awards grants to programs and projects that encourage informed and engaged urban communities with a focus on the Gary community. We define an informed and engaged Lake County as a place where ordinary residents come together, deliberate, and take action to address public problems or issues that residents define as important and in ways that they themselves decide are important. Legacy Foundation builds relationships within the community to find where conversations are already happening and then we dedicate time and resources to finding ways to unlock those conversations and community actions to the larger community. For more information about the Knight Foundation's investment in Lake County, please contact us at legacy@legacyfdn.org.