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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 Councils 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 Council’s member colleges as student financial aid. To earn the CIC grant, State Councils 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 over $2.2 million in new scholarships for deserving students across the country. The 18 State Councils that have run challenge grant campaigns thus far used their $25,000 challenge grants from the Council of Independent Colleges as leverage to raise over three times the total challenge grant amount—more than $1.7 million—in new or increased scholarship gifts to benefit the students at their member colleges and universities.


​Only CIC State Councils are eligible to apply for funding through the Scholarship Challenge Grant Program.​