Selection for the Lillis Scholarship is highly competitive. Only two Lillis Scholarships will be awarded to first-year students entering the university each fall.
Successful candidates will demonstrate outstanding levels of academic achievement in high school and show considerable promise of excellence throughout their undergraduate years. Academic performance in high school, measured by grade point average, rigor of high school curriculum, and performance on standardized exams, and written work, will be considered when selecting candidates for the Lillis Scholarship. Successful candidates will also show a passionate interest in ideas, the potential for serious academic work (such as research) and a commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence. Lillis Scholars will be well positioned for candidacy for competitive undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships, such as the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship, or the Watson Fellowship.
Applicants must submit a completed admission application and the scholarship application by December 1. 10 finalists will interview virtually in late February and be invited to campus for one of our admitted student events on March 29, April 5, April 13, or April 19. Two Lillis Scholarships will be awarded.
Scope of Award
The Lillis Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, standard double room, and standard medium meal plan for up to four years of undergraduate education at the University of Puget Sound. First-year 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.