First Time Applicant Instructions

All high school students or college students who are applying for a scholarship for the first time are required to complete an application form with supporting documentation, and submit two letters of recommendation.

How to Begin:

If you are a new applicant, you must register for a student account on this website in order to apply. Once your account has been approved, you can log in to your new account and complete the application.

Student account registration will open December 15.

The online application has 10 sections which must be completed and submitted by March 1st.  In addition, the IGC Scholarship Fund must receive two recommendations by March 1st for your application to be considered.

Online Application

Sections:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Academic Information
  3. Optional SAT and/or ACT Test Scores
  4. College Information
  5. Extracurricular, Volunteer, Leadership & Community Activities
  6. Employment
  7. Two Essays
  8. Financial Information of Student
  9. Financial Information of Parents
  10. Application Documents (Uploads)
    • Most Recent High School or College Transcript
    • One-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) taken from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form.
    • Optional SAT and/or ACT results
    • Optional Personal Photo

Online Application Details:

Log in to your student account to complete the application.  You may save it as a draft and return to it as you progress through the forms, but once complete, you must certify the accuracy of your submission and submit it with your supporting documents by March 1st.

To complete the application, you will need to provide information about:

  • your high school or college grades and experience
  • the cost of attendance at the college you hope to attend
  • financial information about you and your family
  • your work and/or extracurricular experience
  • the names and contact information for two people who will complete recommendation forms

Tip:  Begin to gather this information early so that you may complete and submit your application on time.

Two Recommendations

Please list the name and email contact information on your application of two people who will complete recommendations for you.

One must be from a teacher or counselor who is familiar with your academic abilities.

The second reference may be submitted by another teacher or counselor, or a personal recommendation, someone who supervised you in an extracurricular activity such as a student club, sport, or volunteer organization, or who has employed you, or who knows you well in another context.

Your references need time to complete and submit your recommendation.

IMPORTANT: As soon as you decide to apply for a scholarship, decide also whom you would like to have write your recommendations, be sure they agree to do that, then enter names and email addresses on the recommendation request form. Be sure they know that their recommendations must be received by our deadline of March 1st in order for your application to be complete.

Required Documents to Upload with Application:

- Most Recent High School or College Transcript

Request a copy of your transcript from your current school and upload it in section 10 of your application.

If you are a high school student, please provide an electronic copy of an official or unofficial high school transcript that verifies a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 2.7 or higher for grades 10-12.  

If you are applying as a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year college student, provide an electronic copy of your most recent transcript from your current college that verifies a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher (some exceptions to the GPA of 2.7 requirement may be considered for those applicants who have only completed their first year of college.)

- One-page Student Aid Report (SAR) showing the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) taken from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form

The IGC Scholarship Fund needs an official current Student Aid Report (SAR) showing your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) to consider your application for funding.  To get a SAR, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For the FAFSA, use this link:  https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa(link is external)

Complete your FAFSA early so you will receive your SAR with the amount of your EFC in time to include it with this scholarship application.

If You Are Not a Citizen you will not be eligible for federal student aid, but you may be eligible for aid from the State of California or from your college.

- If you submitted the CA Dream Act application last year you should complete it again now. The CA Dream Act is unrelated to the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This should be done in time to include a copy of your EFC with this scholarship application. The application is now available at https://dream.csac.ca.gov(link is external)

- If you did NOT submit a CA Dream Act application last year, please consult your advisor at school for the best current advice about the wisdom of applying for CA Dream Act funding. This should be done in time to include a copy of your EFC with this scholarship application. The application is now available at https://dream.csac.ca.gov(link is external)

TIP:  The California Student Aid Commission offers resources and guidance for completing the FAFSA and CA Dream Act application forms:  https://www.csac.ca.gov(link is external)

 - Optional SAT and/or ACT Results

If you have taken the SAT and/or ACT standardized exam and wish to submit your results for consideration, please scan and upload an electronic copy of your official results in section 10 of the application before you submit your application.

- Optional Personal Photo

Upload a recent high-resolution digital headshot of yourself (at least one megabyte) to your student account. Most phone camera pictures are the correct resolution. Upload your photo "actual size" to insure it will be large enough. This is the only file you will upload in your personal account area, not on the application.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Be sure to scan and upload the requested documents to your application before you press “Submit.”  Once it’s submitted, you cannot go back to work on your application.  Documents received after the deadline of March 1st, will not be accepted.