One of the most important weekends of the year for approximately 30 high school seniors starts today with the arrival of Lilly Scholarship candidates.
High school seniors from Indiana and across the nation will be on campus hoping to earn full tuition and room/board support. The scholarships are equal to a ‘full ride” or $170,000 over four years.
To be eligible for a Lilly award, applicants must meet the minimum standards of:
- - a GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale)
- - Rank in the top 20 percent of their senior class
- - an SAT score of at least 1720 (reading, math, writing), or an ACT composite of at least 25
Each student’s individual accomplishments, abilities, academic and extracurricular activities, and leadership abilities are all taken into consideration.
“Especially impressive are young men who have shown particular initiative, worked independently or innovatively, or made a vital contribution to their school or community,” the requirements state.
The students arrive Thursday for a formal dinner. Art Howe ’82 will give a keynote address at dinner Thursday night.
The students are interviewed Friday. The three interview panels will each have one administrator, two faculty, one alumnus and one trustee. The interview period lasts 30 minutes.
On Saturday, the applicants participate in a seminar discussion with other members of their interview group. Students are given a short text to read then participate in a one hour group discussion.
It’s a short wait for the students, The Admissions Office will mail notification to winners next week.
Last year Spencer Peters, Brookston, Francisco Huerta, Chicago, and Adam Barnes, Bradford, Pa., were named Lilly Scholars.
In photo: This year's keynote speaker Art Howe speaks with a previous Lilly Finalist.