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Lillis Scholarship FAQ

  1. What kind of students are you looking for?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. What is included in the application?
  4. Can I submit my Lillis application separately from my admission application?
  5. What do I do if my graded writing sample is bigger than 500KB?
  6. How many scholarships are awarded?
  7. How many applications do you receive?
  8. What is included in the scholarship?
  9. When do I find out if I'm a finalist?
  10. What is included in a finalist's interview day?
  11. What if I can’t come to campus on the interview day?

1. What kind of students are you looking for?

Lillis Scholarship applicants are passionate about ideas and have engaged these ideas in and outside of the classroom. This can be demonstrated through research, projects, academic programs, classes, writing, academic performance in high school, and more. Lillis Scholars are excited by academic discussions and passionate about learning.

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2. How do I apply?

You can apply for the Lillis Scholarship through the Common Application. In the Puget Sound Section, indicate that you plan to apply for scholarships and then indicate that you plan to apply for the Lillis Scholarship. When these boxes have been checked, you’ll get access to the Lillis Scholarship Application in the Writing Supplement section of the Common Application. If you submitted your admission application without indicating your intent to apply for the Lillis Scholarship, but still wish to apply, please contact us at lillis.scholarship@pugetsound.edu.

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3. What is included in the application?

A complete Lillis Scholarship application must be submitted via Common Application by January 1 and includes:

A. Complete admission application, which includes:

  • Common Application
  • Application Fee
  • School Report
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Test Score Report (SAT or ACT)

B. Lillis essay (part of the Lillis Scholarship application)
C. Graded writing sample (part of the Lillis Scholarship application)

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4. Can I submit my Lillis application separately from my admission application?

Yes. You can submit your Common Application for admission and then go back at a later date and complete the Writing Supplement section (which includes the Lillis application). However, you must indicate your intent to apply in the Puget Sound section of your admission application. You also must complete both the admission application and the Lillis application by January 1.

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5. What do I do if my graded writing sample is bigger than 500KB?

If your graded writing sample is bigger than 500KB (the upload limit on Common App), please email your graded writing sample to lillis.scholarship@pugetsound.edu. Please complete the rest of the Lillis Application in Common App and upload a page for question 2 indicating that you sent the writing sample via email.

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6. How many scholarships are awarded?

Two Lillis scholarships are awarded each year.

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7. How many applications do you receive?

This is our first year with this application process, so we don’t yet know how many applications we will receive. However, you should expect the applicant pool to be highly competitive.  

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8. What is included in the scholarship?

The Lillis Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of undergraduate education at the University of Puget Sound. Freshman recipients may renew the award for up to three additional years of undergraduate study. Renewal criteria include submission of a renewal application, full-time enrollment each semester, maintenance of a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade point average, and demonstration of preparation for pursuit of a competitive scholarship or fellowship.

Lillis Scholars work closely with the Lillis Faculty Advisor and the Director of Fellowships & Scholarships throughout their four years at Puget Sound.

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9. When do I find out if I’m a finalist?

Applicants will be notified of their status in early February.

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10. What is included in a finalist’s interview day?

Finalists will interview with the Lillis Scholarship Committee, a committee made up of members of the faculty and the Director of Fellowships & Scholarships. Finalists will stay overnight on campus with current students. They will attend classes and meet with members of the Puget Sound community (faculty, staff, students).

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11. What if I can’t come to campus on the interview day?

In rare cases, the Lillis Scholarship Selection Committee can arrange an alternate interview date. However, it is preferred that finalists interview on the designated interview day.

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