The Blue River Community Foundation is proud to partner with Lilly Endowment, Inc. to select one Shelby County high school senior as a nominee for the 2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program. Independent Colleges of Indiana on behalf of Lilly Endowment, Inc. will make final scholarship selections and notify the Blue River Community Foundation of their decision by December 9, 2017. BRCF will notify the recipient of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship by December 16, 2017. The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program is designed to raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana and further leverage the ability of Indiana’s community foundations to improve the quality of life of the state’s residents.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship provides full tuition, fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for books and equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at an accredited Indiana public or private college or university.

The application deadline is September 1, 2017. 


- Shelby County resident

- Enrolled in an accredited Shelby County high school

- On track to graduate with a diploma by the end of June, 2018

- Intend to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study at an accredited public or private college or university in Indiana

Selection criteria

The Blue River Community Foundation intends to select students who are unlikely to qualify for other significant scholarship assistance. Selection of the scholarship recipients will be based on the following:

- Community/School Activities: Recipients will have a record of sustained, meaningful community service OR sustained, meaningful school activity OR both.

- Academic Commitment: Recipients will demonstrate a strong commitment to academics and will have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA, and have a minimum 1100 SAT total score or 22 ACT comparable.

- Character/Maturity/Leadership: Recipients will be of good character and will represent the Shelby County community in a positive fashion.

- Unique Circumstances: Consideration will be given for unusual personal, family, or financial circumstances or challenges.


2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Billy Blocher

The Shelby County Class of 2017 recipient is William A. (Billy) Blocher III.  Billy is the son of Bill and Susan Blocher and graduated from Shelbyville High School. He is attending the University of Notre Dame to major in biology with a pre-medical track.  

At the time of application, Billy was ranked number one in his high school graduating class and his GPA was 4.7 on a 4.0 scale.  Some of his many extracurricular activities included senior class president of Student Council, National Honor Society, the SHS Student Leadership Committee, National Society of High School Scholars, SADD/Drug Free Youth Council, baseball, and basketball.  In addition, he is an active community volunteer who enjoys serving in various capacities at St. Joseph Catholic Church, as well as, Salvation Army, and Hospice.   

Although Billy is an extremely busy young man, he has found time to pursue initiatives that will help him reach his long term goals of studying medicine.  For example, during the summers of 2013 and 2014, Billy participated in John’s Hopkins University Envision program and attended the Advanced Medical Conference in 2014 where he received the John’s Hopkins Top Leader award out of hundreds of attendees.  

Selection criteria considered during the interview include determination, decision making skills, knowledge of what is required to succeed in college and the ability to apply that knowledge, goal orientation and evidence of life planning, and intellectual curiosity in the student’s chosen field.  

Independent Colleges of Indiana oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship program and provides final review and approval of all selections. ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 31 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state and oversees the administration of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.


Blue River Community Foundation
54 W Broadway Street
Shelbyville, IN 46176

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