Eli Lilly & Company Make Life Better Scholarship Program 2021


At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Developed in partnership with UNCF, the Eli Lilly Make Life Better Scholarship Program will provide need-based scholarships to college sophomores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio who are studying STEM-related disciplines. Preference will given to candidates who are African American, Latinx, women, and minority women studying engineering. This $10,000 scholarship will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year, and may be renewed in the junior and senior years for recipients who continue to meet eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be a US citizen or legal US resident.
  2. NEW: Be a resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, or Ohio.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Be majoring in a STEM disclipine.
  5. Be currently enrolled full-time as a college sophomore at any accredited 4-year institution.
  6. Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a demonstrated unmet financial need, as verified by the applicant’s institution.

Applicants who do not meet all eligibility requirements will not be considered for this scholarship opportunity.

Application Must Include:

  1. An official or unofficial current academic transcript.
  2. A 1-page essay (see application for details).
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation.

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants will invite references during the application process. Applicants should also email the How to Submit a Letter of Recommendation document (the download link to this document can be found on the right of this page) to each of their references for directions. Applications with only one (1) letter of recommendation will not be considered. Emailed letters of recommendation to UNCF will not be accepted at any time.



Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions by May 31, 2022. Please contact Brandi Williams if you have a question about this scholarship that has not been answered above.

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