What is the Brown County Community Foundation’s scholarship program?

The scholarship program manages scholarship funds that are established by individuals, companies, or organizations, to primarily assist Brown County area residents in obtaining a college education. Students apply to the program and, if eligible, may be awarded a scholarship from one or more of these different funds.

What criteria are used to select the recipients?

To determine the recipients of the available scholarships, applications are evaluated and scored in a process in which the identities of the applicants are unknown to the scholarship committee members. A number of criteria are considered in this process including merit, academic preparation and performance, recommendations, life experiences, potential to succeed, representation as a Brown County citizen, and for Lilly finalists a personal interview.

Why is there a common application?

The combined application form enables students to be considered for multiple scholarships and simplifies the application process.

Am I eligible to apply?

Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific descriptions for each scholarship that is listed in this booklet.

What if I have questions about criteria for a particular scholarship, or about the application form?

If you have questions, call the Brown County Community Foundation at 812-988-4882 or send an email to scholarships@bccfin.org.

May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?

Yes, you may apply for any and all scholarships for which you are eligible and, therefore, could be selected as a recipient of multiple awards. However, should you be awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, no other tuition only scholarships may be accepted.

When is the deadline to apply?

Applications for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are due the last Monday in September by 4:00 pm.

BCCF Community Scholarship applications are due the last Monday in January no later than 4:00 p.m.

Go to https://browncountygives.org/bcgives/scholarship-application-information/ for specific submission details

For what can the scholarship awards be used?

The scholarships are for educational expenses: tuition, fees, and textbooks, unless otherwise noted. Scholarships used for tuition, fees, and books are not taxable for degree-seeking students. For non-degree-seeking students, please check with a tax consultant.

Where can I go to school with these scholarships?

Most of the scholarships are for any accredited college or university unless otherwise specified.

Do I need to pay scholarship money back?

No. These are charitable awards that do not need to be paid back.

If I am selected, do I get the check?

No, funds go directly to the university or college, checks will be mailed by July 25th.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will it be worth?

Only a few of the scholarship funds have set award amounts. Most funds offer varying award amounts from year to year ranging from $500 to $5,000.