Admissions & Financial Aid Lilly Award Competition
The Wabash College Lilly Awards Program, named to honor the Lilly family of Indiana, was established by the Wabash College Board of Trustees in 1974. Each year this program recognizes outstanding young men who show high potential for leadership and future promise — men who are likely to have an impact not only on Wabash, but on their community and thus on our world. The Lilly Award, the College’s most prestigious scholarship, is renewable annually and covers the recipient’s tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board. We currently estimate the value of a Lilly Award (per student) for the next four years at more than $200,000.
To compete for a Lilly Award, you must meet two of the three following criteria:
- a GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale)
- rank within the top 10 percent of your senior class
- an SAT score of at least 1200 (EBR + M), or an ACT composite of 26
These qualifications determine minimum academic eligibility only. Beyond these, we look at your individual accomplishments and abilities — achievements which may be even more important than your grades or test scores. We carefully consider all outstanding achievements, both academic and extracurricular, and we weigh one significant demonstration of leadership more heavily than casual participation in many activities. Especially impressive are young men who have shown particular initiative, worked independently or innovatively, or made a vital contribution to their school or community.
If you fit our description of a Lilly Award Candidate, follow these steps:
- Submit a Wabash Application for Admission, a High School Report, official standardized test scores, and an official high school transcript.
- Submit your Lilly Award Application, including an essay and activities list. All materials must be received by November 1st.
- Call the Office of Admissions (800-345-5385) to schedule a campus visit. Your campus visit must be completed by November 11, 2016.
The above deadlines are absolute. Meeting them is your responsibility.
The Selection Committee will identify finalists on November 15, 2016. These students will be contacted and invited to come to campus on December 1-2 for interviews with members of the Selection Committee.
The interview weekend will begin on Thursday, December 1 with a dinner held in honor of the Lilly Award Finalists. Attendance at the dinner is mandatory for the Lilly Award Finalists.
The Selection Committee will notify recipients by January 1, 2017. Each Lilly Award recipient must accept his award by paying their $350 non-refundable enrollment deposit by May 1, 2017.