Return to State Councils Homepage CIC/UPS Scholarships Program

Each year, State Councils receive grants from CIC to provide CIC/UPS Scholarships for use at every four-year private college and university in the State Councils network. The scholarships are given in the name of UPS, whose financial support was the basis for the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment. Since 1985, approximately $60.8 million has been awarded in scholarship grants to CIC State Councils to assist 21,775 first-generation, low-income, minority, or new American students at independent colleges across the country.


On Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., CIC hosted a free webinar on the CIC/UPS Scholarships Program that addressed the guidelines, schedule, and reporting requirements of the Program and included a demonstration of how to access and submit the online forms. To access a recording of the webinar, webinar handouts, and a copy of the presentation slide deck,  select the links below. 

View a recording of the webinar.

PDF2019-2020 Scholarships Program Timeline 
PDFNew Student Selection Report Spreadsheet

Application Instructions

‚ÄčThe Council of Independent Colleges does not accept applications for the CIC/UPS Scholarship; the grant funds are sent to the CIC State Councils, who in turn distribute the scholarships to their member colleges. If you are a student at a CIC State Council affiliated college or university, please contact your institution's financial aid director for more information.

For State Council Use Only:

Required Forms for Administering the Scholarship

Grant Receipt Acknowledgement Form
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2020

Scholarships Distribution Report Form
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021

Student Selection Report Form
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2021