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Lillis Scholarship FAQ

  1. What kind of students are you looking for?
  2. I am interested in both the Lillis and Matelich Scholarships. Can I apply to be considered for both?
  3. How do I apply? When is the deadline?
  4. Can I still be considered under Puget Sound's test-optional policy for admission?
  5. How many scholarships are awarded?
  6. How many applications do you receive?
  7. What is included in the scholarship?
  8. When do I find out if I'm a finalist?
  9. What is included in a finalist's interview day?
  10. 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. I am interested in both the Lillis and Matelich Scholarships. Can I apply to be considered for both?

Applicants for first-year admission can apply to be considered for the Lillis Foundation Scholarship, the Matelich Scholarship, or both. 

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3. How do I apply? When is the deadline?

To be considered for the Lillis Scholarship, candidates must submit the following by Dec. 15:

  1. complete application for admission to Puget Sound, which includes:
    • Common Application
    • A $60 Application Fee
    • School report (including official transcripts and a counselor evaluation)
    • A Teacher Evaluation
    • Official Test Score Report (SAT or ACT) and if applicable, Test-Optional Application Questions
  2. A complete Lillis Scholarship Application

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4. Can I still be considered under Puget Sound's test-optional policy for admission?

Yes, if you are eligible, you can submit two short essay questions instead of SAT or ACT scores for your admission application. However, standardized test scores are required for Lillis Scholarship consideration, even if you have applied as a Test-Optional Candidate. Please be assured that if you elect to be reviewed under our test-optional policy, your scores will used solely by the scholarship committee and will not be factored into the evaluation of your admission application.

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5. How many scholarships are awarded?

Two Lillis scholarships are awarded each year.

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6. How many applications do you receive?

We receive approximately 250 - 300 applications.  

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7. 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. 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.

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

Applicants will be notified of their status in February.

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9. 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, and students).

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10. 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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