Why is there a common application?
The common application enables students to be considered for multiple scholarships and simplifies the application process. Additionally, the common application makes the community aware of the opportunities made possible by the generosity of people dedicated to higher education.
Am I eligible to apply?
Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria that were defined by the donor when the fund was established. Please read through the specific criteria to determine your eligibility for each of the scholarship funds.
What if I have questions about the specific criteria or the application?
If you have questions, you can talk to your guidance counselor. In addition, you can call the CCCF office at 574-722-2200 with questions or to request additional information.
How much does it cost to apply for a scholarship?
There is no charge to apply.
What is the deadline?
Application materials must be postmarked no later than January 26, 2018. (See instructions on application materials.) All materials must be submitted together in one envelope.
What can scholarship awards be used for?
The scholarships are for educational expenses and are sent directly to the school.
Are the scholarship awards taxable?
In general, for degree-seeking students, a scholarship used for tuition, books, and supplies is not taxable. Any portion of the scholarship that is used for room and board or miscellaneous expenses is taxable. Consult a tax expert for advice.
Are the scholarship awards sufficient to pay the cost of my college education?
No. These scholarships are intended to provide only partial support. In addition to applying for scholarships through CCCF, you should look into other financial aid resources such as federal grants, loans and work-study programs. A complete financial package can be put together by your college's financial aid office and may include a portion of each of the above types of financial aid. In addition, you may find other scholarship opportunities by checking with your guidance counselor, other local organizations, or on the Internet.
If I am awarded a scholarship, how much will I get?
The individual scholarship funds offer varying award amounts, depending on the size of the particular fund, the number of qualified applicants, and the directions given by the donors or fund advisors of the funds.
Are the scholarship amounts the same every year?
Not necessarily. Funds available vary from year to year. The anticipated scholarship amounts are provided in this booklet to give applicants a general idea.
Where can I go to school with these scholarships?
Most of the scholarships can be used at any college or university of your choice. Some scholarships are designated for students attending a specific college, or are limited to Indiana institutions. See the specific description of each scholarship.
May I receive awards from more than one scholarship?
Yes, you may apply for all of the scholarships for which you qualify. Therefore, you could be selected as a recipient from multiple funds.
Do I need to pay scholarship money back?
No. These are charitable awards that do not need to be paid back.
If I am selected, do I receive the check(s)?
No. The checks are made out to the school of your choice in your name. The checks are mailed directly to the school in early August, after CCCF has received your completed voucher form.
If I receive a one-year scholarship, will i automatically receive an award for the following year?
No. Currently there are a limited number of renewable scholarships. The renewal criteria are different for each scholarship. See the specific description of each scholarship.
If I am a 21st century scholar, can I apply?
Students who are certified 21st Century Scholars MAY apply for the CCCF scholarships.