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Blue River Community Foundation's summer scholarship application cycle

Shelby County high school students on track to graduate by June 30, 2020 can now apply for

scholarships during Blue River Community Foundation’s summer scholarship cycle. Students applying during this cycle will be considered for both the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship and BRCF General Scholarship opportunities.


Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements (listed below) for Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship consideration; however, all students are encouraged to apply for over 100 scholarships awarded annually through BRCF’s General Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply is September 1, 2019.


Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) is proud to partner with Lilly Endowment Inc. to select one Shelby County high school senior as a nominee for the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Independent Colleges of Indiana on behalf of Lilly Endowment Inc. will make final scholarship selections and notify BRCF of their decision by December 6, 2019. BRCF will notify the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship by December 20, 2019.


The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.


The scholarship provides 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 Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Minimum requirements that must be met for consideration include:

Reside in Shelby County


Graduate by the end of June with a diploma from a regionally accredited Indiana High School


Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private

college or university in Indiana


Demonstrate the following:


Participation in community activities


Leadership skills in school, community, and/or extracurricular activities


Commitment to academics and ability to succeed at the next level


Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and a minimum 1100 total score on SAT or ACT equivalent


Financial need may be considered but is not a determining factor


BRCF General Scholarship Program

Blue River Community Foundation (BRCF) administers over 90 scholarship funds established by caring and generous donor who are passionate about supporting students reach their post-secondary educational goals. For the 2019-20 academic year, these BRCF administered funds awarded 168 scholarships to 129 students for a combined total over $340,000. Applicants who complete this application in full are considered for all scholarships administered by BRCF for which they are eligible.


For a complete list of these scholarship funds, please visit the Foundation's website, and review the scholarship resource guide. For more information about the summer scholarship application cycle, contact Julie Alvis, BRCF Youth & Education Program Officer, at 317.392.7955 ext. 102 or