Central Indiana Community Foundation Philanthropic Collaborative Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The CICF philanthropic collaborative, including The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana, is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. Nearly $2 million is available—made possible, in part, by 50 donor-created scholarship funds. 

The collaborative knows that Hoosiers with advanced education—including bachelor’s, associate and certifications—earn an average of $22,000 more than those without. Access to post-secondary education can be critical to individuals’ economic opportunity and mobility. The collaborative is committed to helping to make post-secondary education accessible to ALL including students of color; students who are undocumented; non-traditional students and students who have been involved with the criminal justice system—all of whom can face considerable barriers to academic success. These learners are encouraged to apply for scholarships.  

“We recognize that there are systemic inequities within the educational system,” said Janeen Butler, scholarships officer at CICF. “We welcome applications from traditional high school and college learners, but we also aim to remove some of the economic barriers to increase access to post-secondary education opportunities for all types of students. Everyone deserves access to the education and training that will help them thrive.” 

 CICF’s  50 available scholarships include:  

  • The Indianapolis Foundation Community Scholarship – Supports traditional and non-traditional Black students to fund post-secondary education, including two- and four-year degrees, certifications, and vocational tech programs. It aligns with the foundation’s strategic plan, which promotes investment into diverse and comprehensive post-secondary credentialing opportunities that accelerate meaningful economic outcomes.  
  • Reach Your Potential Vocational, Technical, and Trade School for Returning Adults Scholarship – Established for returning adult students to provide opportunities for them to acquire marketable skills, be self-sufficient and reach their full potential. 
  • Two Oaks Scholarship – Supports an Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana graduate who has been admitted to IUPUI and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree dedicated to helping or serving others. 

View all scholarship opportunities for the 2023-2024 academic year at cicf.org/scholarships. Scholarship seekers will be required to write a minimum of two essays, answer several eligibility questions and submit two recommendation forms. CICF also encourages everyone to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The last day to apply for CICF scholarships is February 1, 2023. Application questions should be emailed to scholarships@cicf.org. 

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