Scholarship Challenge Grant Program

College presidents across the country have made it clear that one of their highest priority needs is additional scholarship aid for deserving students. To help address this need, CIC offers its State Fund Members the opportunity to apply for $25,000 challenge grants designed to leverage additional gifts for scholarships, with the CIC grant and matching moneys passed along to the Fund’s member colleges as student financial aid. To earn the CIC grant, State Funds must raise at least the challenge grant amount—but ideally more—from outside sources before the end of the fiscal year.


Since its inception, the Scholarship Challenge Grant program has generated a total of $1,240,822 in new scholarships for deserving students across the country. The eight State Fund Members that have run challenge grant campaigns thus far used their $25,000 challenge grants from the Council of Independent Colleges as leverage to raise nearly three times the total challenge grant amount—a remarkable $915,822—in new or increased scholarship gifts to benefit the students at their member colleges and universities.


​Only CIC State Fund Members are eligible to apply for funding through the Scholarship Challenge Grant Program. If you work for a private college or university, please contact the State Fund Member in your state.

 2014 Grant Recipients

Georgia Independent College Association

Independent College Fund of New Jersey

North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

 Access the Community Site

​Access the RFP and related material for the Scholarship Challenge grant program on the FIHE Community Site.

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