Warren County Community Foundation currently provides multiple scholarship programs including the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program which is funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc and managed by WCCF.
The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application is open from July 1st, 2021 to August 14th, 2021
Please click on the link below to go to the Warren County Community Foundation's Scholarship Application website. This new online program allows applicants to apply for one or more scholarships on a single form.
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The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application opens July 1st, 2021
The 2022 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application will be available starting on July 1st, 2021 in Warren County through the Warren County Community Foundation. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program (LECSP) will provide 143 scholarships statewide and one scholarship in Warren County. LECSP scholarships may be used for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year. The special allocation may cover the costs for required books and required equipment 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 in Warren County through the Warren County Community Foundation is open to all Indiana residents who:
graduate from an accredited Indiana high school by 2022 and receive their diploma no later than June 30, 2022;
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 www.warrencountyfoundation.com for complete information regarding the Warren County’s application criteria.
Students can learn more about the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Warren County and apply for this scholarship by visiting www.warrencountyfoundation.com Applications must be completed and submitted by Saturday, August 14th at 11:59pm to be considered.
Applications will be evaluated on, but not limited to, the following criteria: Academics, Community Service, Work Experience, Activities, and Achievements. Three finalists will be nominated by the Warren County Community Foundation and their names will be submitted to ICI for final selection of the recipients. Scholarship recipients will be notified in December.
Lilly Endowment created LECSP in 1998 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.
Warren County Community Foundation is again pleased to offer LECSP for its 25th year in Warren County. “We are so appreciative to be able to offer the LECSP Scholarship to our local students. It opens opportunities for the recipient to attend a school that otherwise might not have been possible, said Michele Stucky, executive director.
The mission of the Warren County Community Foundation is to unite friends of Warren County in serving donors, awarding grants, and providing leadership to create lasting legacies. The Foundation exists to help friends of Warren County find ways to fulfill their dreams of making our immediate world a better place today and tomorrow. Just as we enjoy the heritage created by those who came before us, each of us has the ability to create and build endowments that turn dreams into reality… For Good. For Ever. For Warren County
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 development, education 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.
Billings family creates two new funds to benefit Warren County established through the Warren County Community Foundation
The Warren County Community Foundation would like to announce two new endowed funds which have been established in Warren County. The Billings Family Legacy Fund will award approximately $9,000 annually through the Community Grants Program. Warren County serving groups or organizations can apply for a community grant for a project, program, or need of the organization. The grants committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for selecting grant recipients. The Billings Family Legacy Scholarship in Agriculture or Veterinary Medicine will award approximately $7,000 annually to a Warren County student who will major in the field of agriculture or pre-veterinary medicine. Eligible majors include but are not limited to Agribusiness, Food Science, Grain Science Systems, Natural Resources, Environmental Studies, Horticulture, Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary medicine, Sustainable Food and Farming Systems, or Wildlife Management.
The Billings family started in Warren County in the late 1800’s. Harley Billings was a circuit court judge in Williamsport, having obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1893. He and his wife, Lottie, made their home in Williamsport. He gave his son, Preston, and wife Marguerite their original farm property south of West Lebanon as a wedding gift in 1929. Preston and Marguerite raised hogs and Angus cows, along with 150 sheep. In the mid-1930’s they raised turkeys which they processed and sold to the local butcher. Marguerite helped with farm duties as well as keeping a large vegetable garden.
Preston and Marguerite had two children, Richard (Dick) and Jean. Jean died shortly after birth from a childhood disease. Richard enjoyed a childhood on the farm with a dog as a constant companion, and learned to play bridge as a young boy sitting on his mother’s lap. As a teen Dick enjoyed fishing, skating, and dancing. He assisted with farm chores by driving tractors, milking cows, and detassling corn.
Upon graduating from Williamsport High School in 1950, Dick chose to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He graduated in 1956, and moved to Indianapolis where he worked at a veterinary practice for several years. Then he, along with Richard Brutus a friend from Pine Village, established Michigan Road Animal Hospital in Indianapolis. This location became a training center for veterinary students from Purdue. He later led a group of veterinarians who worked together to establish the Indianapolis Veterinary Emergency Center. Upon retirement, Dick established a veterinary supply company, C Specialties .
Land owned by the Billings Family went on to become the start of Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp. When Marguerite and Preston passed away, Dick took over the management of the farm. In recent years there have been improvements to the land and conservation efforts including tree planting have taken place.
Dick Billings passed away September 29th, 2019. His wife Diane, son Steve, and grandchildren Sarah, Kristen, and Maeve inherited the farms. The family is dedicated to preserving Preston, Marguerite, and Dick’s legacy. The family has established these funds at the Community Foundation as a way to give back to Warren County in perpetuity. The Foundation is extremely grateful for this generous gift and look forward to the positive impact it will make in Warren County.
Warren County Community Foundation- For Good. For Ever. For Warren County
Support Education through Scholarship Funds
Scholarship funds are an excellent gifting vehicle for memorializing a loved one or honoring a special person. As a donor, you may contribute to an existing scholarship fund or start a new one. Individuals or groups can create an endowment that will provide scholarships in perpetuity from the earnings of the fund or create a pass-through fund that will provide scholarship assistance for a specific period of time. The Donor can advise the Board on the selection of the recipients or can assign the responsibility of selection to the Board's Scholarship Selection Committee. There is considerable flexibility in establishing a scholarship fund that makes this form of giving back to the community particularly attractive to potential donors.
Photo of Richard Billings
2021 Billings Family Legacy Scholarship Recipient- Grace Pearson pictured with Diane Billings