2023-2024 Scholarship Ceremony

Unity Foundation of La Porte County awarded $310,000 in scholarships to 171 students for the 2023-2024 academic year. The recipients are attending 50 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Since 1992, Unity has awarded more than $3.5 million from sixty scholarship funds to help area students advance their education.

Unity Foundation Scholarships

Unity Foundation offers scholarships that are awarded annually. Learn more about the different scholarship opportunities we offer and how to apply.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program seeks to increase the number of Indiana residents who hold college degrees. Unity Foundation of La Porte County recommends applicants to Independent Colleges of Indiana, which is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., to award full-tuition scholarships to outstanding La Porte County students.

Additional Scholarship Resources

In addition to the scholarships Unity administers, we also offer additional resources/opportunities for La Porte County students and/or graduates.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) The general application was designed to allow students to apply for several different scholarships through one application.
2) The general application evaluates the responses provided and matches applicants with the scholarships for which they may be eligible.
3) The general application saves students time by requiring only one application to be completed for most Unity Foundation scholarships.
4) Additional “unique” scholarship and award applications are also available on our website.

1) Applicant Information
2) High School Information
3) College/University Information
4) Household Information
5) Financial Information
6) Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, Community Service, Employment History
7) Reflective Questions
8) Certification and Submission

Some scholarships also require:

1) Letters of Recommendation
2) Additional Reflective Questions
3) Scholarship-Specific Eligibility Questions

Each scholarship fund is set up differently to meet the wishes of the founding donor; therefore, each scholarship has its own set of eligibility requirements and its own selection criteria. A complete list of scholarship funds with detailed information on requirements and criteria is available by clicking here.

*The following people are not eligible for scholarships administered by Unity Foundation of La Porte County: officers, employees and members of a scholarship committee of Unity Foundation and their immediate families.

21st Century Scholars are eligible to apply, but most scholarship funds may be used for tuition only. Any awarded scholarship funds would be applied to tuition fees not covered by the 21st Century Scholarship.

Many Unity Foundation scholarships do not include academic performance as a selection criterion. Some scholarships only require that you have a specified minimum GPA or that you have maintained good academic standing (you are not on academic probation).

Unity Foundation administers scholarships for graduating high school seniors, current college students, returning college students, and graduate level college students.

There are Unity Foundation scholarships specifically designated for those who wish to pursue a post-secondary certification or an associate degree. Many scholarships do not have a requirement as to which type of program you are pursuing.

A mid-term graduate is considered to be part of his or her senior class and is eligible to receive scholarships designated for graduating seniors that will be awarded the June after he or she finishes high school classes.

Yes, it is possible for students to be selected for more than one scholarship.

This is no application fee.

Awards range from $250 to $2,500, with the majority at $1,000. Some scholarship funds make one award each year, while others make multiple awards.

For most scholarships, award dollars must be used to pay for tuition fees.

Most Unity Foundation scholarships are one-time scholarships and are not renewable. Some scholarships allow for applicants to receive the award multiple years but recipients must apply and be selected each year. Of the few that are renewable, recipients must complete a renewal application providing verification of their continued eligibility.

A Selection Committee named by Unity Foundation of La Porte County independently reviews all scholarship applications. Committee members sign confidentiality agreements, and all information from the applications is kept in the strictest of confidence.

All applicants will be notified of their award status in June. All notifications will be sent to the email address provided on the student application. It is critical that applicants make Unity Foundation aware of any changes to their email address throughout the selection process.

Unity Foundation policies require scholarship checks to be sent directly to the college or university for most scholarships.

Upon notification of award, recipients will be required to provide verification of their college/university enrollment by stated deadline. Award checks will be processed and distributed by the end of July. For most awards equaling or greater than $500, the college/university is requested to apply 50% to fall semester and 50% to spring semester. If you will be a mid-year graduate, exceptions may be made for the entire award to be applied to fall semester.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship is paid in multiple disbursements and requires recipients to submit specific documentation before awards can be released. Recipients will receive information regarding their responsibilities and how the award will be disbursed.