dream big scholarship

Up to $3,500 Scholarship

Available to eligible Columbus City Schools High School Seniors

The application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now open.

DEADLINE: March 1st, 2021

All IKIC Funding applications will be online as of this year.

Please note that all supporting documents must be uploaded in PDF format (https://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-PDF-File).

Please click the button below to apply for the Dream Big Scholarship.

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Minimum Criteria

  • 2.75 or higher cumulative high school GPA
  • 2021 Graduate of Columbus City Schools
  • Federal Pell Grant Eligible
  • Enrolling in college full-time immediately following high school graduation
  • Completion of IKIC college access milestones
    • Two or more college applications submitted
    • Three or more one-on-one IKIC advising sessions
    • Two or more ACT/SAT test scores
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion

Supporting Documents Needed

  • A PDF of your 2021-22 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • A PDF of you unofficial high school transcript (including ACT/SAT test scores)

what you should know

Students are eligible to receive only ONE of IKIC’s funding opportunities (IKIC Grant, Dream Big Scholarship, or Founders’ Scholarship)

Students submitting this application will NOT need to submit the IKIC Grant application

Recipients must have unmet need determined by the financial aid award letter of the intended institution to receive this scholarship

Students may renew the grant for up to four years (two years at a two-year institution).

Students must re-apply for the grant each year

Remember to complete and submit the FAFSA prior to the scholarship deadline!

**PLEASE NOTE**

If you are selected for and accept this scholarship, you will need to participate in all the required workshops, communications, and evaluation measures requested and presented by I Know I Can. Furthermore, this is a pilot scholarship program, whose terms and conditions may change from year-to-year.

Application Checklist:

  • Completed application form
  • 2020-21 FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)
  • Unofficial high school transcript (including ACT/SAT test scores)

faq

  • I have been approved for the Dream Big Scholarship. What next?
    • Once you have been approved for the Dream Big Scholarship and received an approval email, you should read the attached approval letter carefully and be sure to submit the following items:
      • Financial aid award letter from your college
      • Your fall class schedule for the upcoming year
      • Your college student ID#
      • Your current e-mail address
    • NOTE: You must submit these final documents in order to receive the Dream Big Scholarship funds. I Know I Can will not be able to send the scholarship to your college without these documents.
  • What is a financial aid award letter?
    • A financial aid award letter shows the grants, scholarships, and loans that your college has awarded you. You may have received a paper copy or it may have been sent electronically, either by e-mail or on your college’s student access website.
    • If you have trouble finding it, please contact the financial aid office at your college.
    • NOTE: The financial aid award letter is different from the FAFSA Student Aid Report.
  • How much is the Dream Big Scholarship worth?
    • The Dream Big Scholarship is worth up to $3,500.
  • How is the Dream Big Scholarship dispersed?
    • The Dream Big Scholarship is sent in two payments. You will receive up to $1,750 in the fall semester and up to $1,750 in the spring semester, provided you are enrolled full-time.
  • How will I know when the Dream Big Scholarship has been received by my college?
    • You will see a credit on your account when the Dream Big Scholarship has been received and processed by your college. Depending on how your college processes payments, it may not be specifically listed as Dream Big Scholarship.
  • Why isn’t the Dream Big Scholarship on my financial aid award letter?
    • Your college may not list the Dream Big Scholarship on the financial aid award letter unless you have informed your college that you are receiving an outside grant. You can provide a copy of your Dream Big Scholarship approval letter to your college if necessary.
    • You will still be able to receive the Dream Big Scholarship even if it is not listed on your financial aid award letter.
  • Will the Dream Big Scholarship be renewed every year?
    • Students must submit a new application for the Dream Big Scholarship each year.
    • Students may renew the scholarship for up to four years at a four-year institution, two years at a two-year institution, or until receipt of first bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.
  • Will I receive the Dream Big Scholarship if I drop below full-time status for a term in college?
    • You must remain enrolled full-time to receive the Dream Big Scholarship. If you are not enrolled full-time, then your college will return the Dream Big Scholarship funds to IKIC.
  • What if I plan to attend an out-of-state college?
    • The Dream Big Scholarship can be used at any accredited university, college, technical school, or post-secondary program in the United States.
  • What if I transfer to a different college after my freshman year?
    • The Dream Big Scholarship can be transferred to your new college, provided it is an accredited institution in the U.S. You must notify IKIC as soon as you decide to transfer and submit a financial aid award letter from your new college.

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