How To Apply

Applying for a scholarship is as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1: Do your homework & know your options

Download the 2015 Scholarship Guidebook for detailed information on eligibility criteria for all scholarships administered through CICF.

Step 2: Understand application requirements and timeline

Detailed criteria is listed for each scholarship description in the 2015 Scholarship Guidebook. All applicants applying for a scholarship listed in the General Scholarship Section of the Guidebook are required to apply using our online application system (a link is located in STEP 3 at the bottom of this page). In addition to general questions, the application consists of the following required components:

  • Official transcript: All applications require an official transcript or GED Certificate. Please upload a copy of your most recent GED Certificate, High School or College transcript. Acceptable transcripts can be obtained from your school or the school’s online system. Copied and pasted grades will not be accepted.
  • References: All applications require two completed recommendation forms. As a courtesy, please allow your references at least two weeks to complete the form.
  • Essay(s): All applications require at least two essays. Information on scholarships requiring additional essays can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section.
  • Financial Information: Applicants to all CICF Scholarships are required to complete the Indiana College Cost Estimator through the link provided in the online application. Further information on this tool can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section.

Students must submit required application materials by the published deadlines below to ensure that award decisions are made in a timely manner.

Scholarship NameApplications Accepted Scholarship Selection Committees Review TimelineNotification
Lilly Endowment Community ScholarshipNovember 17, 2014 – December 15, 2014January – March 2015April 2015
General Application ScholarshipsNovember 17, 2014 – March 2, 2015March – April 2015April - May 2015
Indianapolis Foundation Community ScholarshipDecember 1, 2014 – January 16, 2015March – April 2015April 2015
Crooked Stick
May 1, 2015 –
May 31, 2015 
June 2015June 2015

Step 3: Apply online

Please check back here on or after November 18, 2014 for a link to our online application. Please note that the application system works best on the most recent version of all internet browsers, so please consider updating before beginning your application.


Call Central Indiana Community Foundation at 317.634.2423, e-mail, or see your guidance counselor.