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Now more than ever, a college education is crucial to success in life. Yet many young people don’t have the resources required to earn one even as tuition continues to increase.

With more than 100 scholarship funds under management, CICF offers critical help. With awards ranging from $500 to full tuition, our scholarships help countless young people overcome the obstacles that stand between them and future academic and financial success.


Three Types of Scholarships 

CICF administers three types of scholarships:

  • Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships cover full tuition, required fees, and a book stipend of $900 per year for four years of undergraduate study.
  • CICF’s Common Application Scholarships range from $500 to $20,000.
  • External scholarships are ones in which CICF holds the funds, but the application process is administered by local schools, education foundations, or other organizations.

For more information about each kind of scholarship, download the CICF 2017 scholarship guidebook.


Scholarship Name Applications Open Applications Close Notification
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Aug. 23, 2016 Sept. 6, 2016 Dec. 2016
General Application Scholarships Nov. 14, 2016 Feb. 7, 2017 May – June 2017
Indianapolis Foundation Community Scholarship Nov. 14, 2016 Feb. 7, 2017 May 2017
Crooked Stick Scholarship May 1, 2017 May 31, 2017 June 2017


Eligibility, Requirements, & TIMING

Our scholarships are designed for three audiences:

  • Current high school seniors
  • Current college students
  • Those not currently enrolled in high school or college

Awards depend on the size of the particular scholarship fund and the number of qualified applicants each year. Scholarship conditions require that awards be used for educational expenses at an accredited college, university, technical, vocational, or trade school, including the following:

  • Tuition
  • Required fees
  • Room and board, in some cases
  • Books, in some cases

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


Download Our Scholarship Guidebook

To learn about all of the scholarships available at CICF, download the 2017 CICF Scholarship Guidebook.



For more information, contact scholarships@cicf.org.

The Power of CICF's Scholarships (click to view infographic)

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