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Community Foundation of Crawford County Releases LECSP Application 

The 2023 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is now available in Crawford County through the Community Foundation of Crawford County. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 147 scholarships statewide and one scholarship in Crawford County for graduating seniors from Crawford County High School in 2023.  LECSP scholarships may be used for full tuition not already covered by another source, required fees, and will receive a special allocation of up to $900 per year.  The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment/uniforms, and other specific costs, for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis leading to a baccalaureate degree at any eligible Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university. 

The program, administered statewide by Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) and locally through the Community Foundation of Crawford County, is open to all Indiana residents who:  

  • graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2023 and receive their high school diploma no later than June 30, 2023;  
  • intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an eligible college or university in Indiana; and 
  • meet the criteria specific to their local community foundation. Visit 

    for complete information regarding the application criteria. 


Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Crawford County and apply for this scholarship by visiting Applications must be completed and submitted to the high school office by September 3, 2022 to be considered. 

Applications will be evaluated by community members using a double blind process, meaning all identifying information (name, address, parent’s place of employment, etc.) will be whited out for review. The top 5 scoring students will be invited for an interview with community members. A recommendation will be made and submitted to ICI for final selection of the recipient after the CFCC Board of Directors have approved the recommendation. Scholarship recipients will be notified in December. 

Lilly Endowment created LECSP for the 1997-1998 school year and has supported the program every year since with tuition grants totaling more than $424 million. Nearly 5,000 Indiana students have received Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships since the program’s inception. 

The primary purposes of LECSP are: 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.  

The CFCC is again pleased to offer the LECSP for our graduating seniors.  “We are happy to facilitate the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship opportunity for our Crawford County students and their families,” said Christine Harbeson, executive director of the CFCC. Laken Fraime, director of finance and programs, does an excellent job as the CFCC’s administrator for this program. Each year, she speaks with the students at the school as a means to assist them with the application process. Our own community volunteers assist in evaluating the applications and local inclusion makes this a bona fide community scholarship program. We offer our best wishes to the entire senior class.” 

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. 

Since 1997, Independent Colleges of Indiana has administered the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program statewide with funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. Founded in 1948, ICI serves as the collective voice for the state’s 30 private, nonprofit colleges and universities. ICI institutions employ over 22,000 Hoosiers and generate a total local economic impact of over $5 billion annually. Students at ICI colleges have Indiana’s highest four-year, on-time graduation rates, and ICI institutions produce 30 percent of Indiana’s bachelor’s degrees while enrolling 20 percent of its undergraduates.  

The CFCC was founded in April 1998 by a volunteer Board of Directors that represented a variety of interests from Crawford County. To date, the CFCC has awarded more than $8 million in grants for programs/projects supporting Crawford County children and youth, education, housing, health and human services, the environment, technology advancements, literacy and the arts, and has awarded more than $2 million in scholarships benefiting Crawford County students. The CFCC currently manages more than 80 charitable endowment funds on behalf of families, individuals, corporations and non-profit organizations. 

For more information on the Community Foundation of Crawford County, visit or, email us at, or call us at 812.365.2900. 



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