Admissions & Financial Aid Lilly Award
Wabash College Lilly Background
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, room and board. We currently estimate the value of a Lilly Award (per student) for the next four years at more than $170,000.
To compete for a Lilly Award, you must meet at least one of the following basic criteria:
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:
The above deadlines are absolute. Meeting them is your responsibility.
The Selection Committee will identify finalists on March 21, 2016. These students will be contacted and invited to come to the Wabash campus on April 7-9 for further interviews with members of the Selection Committee
The interview weekend will begin on Thursday, April 7 with a dinner held in honor of the Lilly Award Finalists. Attendance at the dinner is mandatory for the Lilly Award Finalists.
On April 11, 2016 the Selection Committee will designate the recipients of the Lilly Awards. Each Lilly Award recipient must accept his award by May 1, 2016.