Ready to Begin Your Application?

Here, you’ll find valuable information about the CFBC Scholarship Application process.


How do I begin?
When you click to apply for your first scholarship, you will need to set up an account as a new applicant with a user name and password. Keep this information handy, as you will use it every time you go back to revise or submit.  The email address you provide will also be our primary point of contact for any questions, announcements or new opportunities.  We will not use your email address for any other purpose than that of CFBC scholarship communication.

How do I determine which scholarships I qualify for?
Click on the “CFBC Scholarships” tab under “Scholarships” and choose your school in the blue box on the right side of the page.  There you’ll find a list of scholarships available to you with application links for each, as well as other pertinent information.

Can you jump from one scholarship to another?
Yes.  You can save your progress at any time and log in later to complete the application and open a different application. Be sure to come back to “my applications” to ensure you have submitted all you wish to have reviewed BEFORE the deadline.

How do I document my accomplishments, activities, community involvement and work experience?
A form fill-able Microsoft Word template is provided within the application.  Complete the form, save it as a .pdf using the format (Last Name, First Name_Resume) and upload it into the application using the “Browse” button.

How are letters of recommendation received?
Unless the scholarship notes otherwise, all CFBC scholarships require one letter of recommendation from a person NOT affiliated with your school. Be thoughtful of your choices, as no matter how many scholarships you apply for, you may only use the one recommender. This is why it is important to review all scholarships you may want to apply for BEFORE beginning the process. The requests to your recommender will all be done electronically as part of the application. You are responsible for entering the recommender’s first and last name, e-mail address, phone number, title and organization. Deadlines for recommendations are the same as the deadline for applications. It is your responsibility to make sure recommendations are submitted by the deadline (you may see the status of your recommendation requests through your user account). When you fill in the information, an email will be immediately sent to the email address provided for the recommending individual. We strongly suggest that you notify your recommender that they will receive an e-mail from automated.email@smarterselect.com requesting their response and to safe-list that address so your request doesn’t enter their spam filter.

How does my transcript get to the CFBC?
You will request the transcript via your application. Similar to the recommendation, you will fill in your guidance counselor’s name, e-mail address, phone number, title and organization (school). This is entered in the transcript section of the common application. Transcripts are due to the CFBC on the same date as the scholarship deadline, but your school may have an internal deadline for your request which is different. It is your responsibility to make sure your transcript is submitted by the deadline (you may see the status of your requests through your user account).

Does every scholarship need an essay?
No, but many scholarships do require an essay. The specific question or essay topic to address is listed within each scholarship. Please limit your essays to 250 words or less.

Why do I need to submit a College Costs Estimator?
In an effort to assess the the financial need of Boone County students, we are requiring that ALL applicants for scholarships complete a College Costs Estimator form and corresponding release form, even if one has been completed previously. The form’s questions are similar to the FAFSA.  A summary report based on the applicants’ completed College Costs Estimators will be generated for CFBC by The National Center for College Costs, providing CFBC and the scholarship committee with enough information to evaluate the financial need factor in the selection process ONLY FOR THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT CONSIDER FINANCIAL NEED.

Scholarships with Financial Need components will be noted within the application AND on the table found on the website.  When you click submit, you will be given a confirmation number that you will enter into the scholarship application.

What you will need to complete the CCE form:
The ICCE has been designed to be as quick and easy as possible and is estimated to take most users approximately 15 minutes. In order to expedite the completion of the Indiana College Costs Estimator, it is wise to have the following information handy before starting:

  • Parent and student tax forms (1040EZ, 1040A or 1040) and/or W-2s
  • Parent and student untaxed income information
  • Parent and student asset information
  • Parent business and/or farm records, if applicable

        *Because actual federal, state, and institutional financial aid is based on the forms and information listed above, it is important you provide the same information in order to produce accurate estimates. 

**Please note that financial need is only one component to a scholarship that considers need, so please do not let this criterion prevent you from applying if you feel that your family’s financial situation would not dictate “need.”**

How do I submit my application?
At the end of the various scholarships, you will enter your full name, verifying the authenticity of your application and click submit. You may edit and update your application as needed up until the deadline to submit.