FAQs and Links

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply?

As you begin to complete the application, you will be asked a set of filter questions that will determine the scholarships for which you are eligible. Each scholarship for which you are eligible will appear with a corresponding box that you must check to indicate you would like to apply.

May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?

Yes. You may apply to any fund for which you are eligible. It is possible to be considered for multiple awards.

Can I start an application and finish it later?
Yes. You will set up an online profile that will allow you to save your application and return to it at a later date or time.

Do all scholarships require an essay?
An application to all CICF scholarships will require at least two essays. For several scholarships, an additional essay is required. Two additional essays are required for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship application.

What is the Indiana College Cost Estimator (ICCE)?
The Indiana College Cost Estimator is a tool developed by the National Center for College Costs that provides college selection, admissions, and financial information to Indiana students and families. Because the comprehensive information provided by the tool is useful for both students and scholarship committees, all CICF scholarship applicants must complete the Indiana College Cost Estimator using the link provided in the online application.

What is a "First Generation College Student"?
A first generation college student is an individual whose parents have not earned a post-secondary degree.

Where can I go to school?
Most of the scholarships are for students attending schools anywhere in the United States unless otherwise noted in the scholarship description. Some scholarships are designated for students attending an Indiana institution. If this is the case, it will be listed in the scholarship criteria.

I missed the application deadline. Can I still submit an application?
Deadlines vary and are listed in the Scholarship Application Timeline section. Completed applications must be received on or before the stated deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

If I am awarded a scholarship, what happens after I am notified?
For a majority of scholarships, you will be notified by Scholarship America, an organization that assists CICF with the administration of its scholarships including award notification, scholarship payment, enrollment verification and student reporting.

When and how will my scholarship be paid?
Recipients must submit scholarship acceptance agreements before a scholarship will be paid. For a majority of scholarships, scholarship checks are sent in the summer provided students have submitted required paperwork. Checks are made payable to the college or university and sent directly to the home address of each recipient.

Will I be asked to submit any year-end reports for my scholarship?
For a majority of scholarships, students are asked to submit reports verifying enrollment, grades, major, and contact information. In some cases an essay or additional information may be required.

How else can I prepare to pay for college?
All students should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Indiana deadline is March 10, 2014. This application determines students’ eligibility for financial aid. After filing the FAFSA, a college can tell students which additional scholarships and grants they can make in grants they can receive as well as how much money students can borrow in federal loans.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

CollegeResourceNetwork- a free, scholarship search engine and planning website specializing in Minority scholarships

College-Scholarships.com – email addresses for many of the admissions or financial aid offices, college search, scholarship search, and SAT/ACT preparation materials

FAFSA Online – interactive web version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Fastweb, Inc. – a free, searchable scholarship database

FinAid! – guide to loans, scholarships, and other financial assistance

Indiana College Costs Estimator – free information on paying for college

Scholarships.com – a free, searchable scholarship database

StudentAwards.com – a free, searchable scholarship database

US Department of Education – financial aid primer from the US Department of Education and the Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs



Call CICF at 317.634.2423, e-mail scholarships@cicf.org, or see your guidance counselor.